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Investment Sought From Individuals for £5m Community Energy Project Near Stratford-upon-Avon

Investment is being sought from members of the public for a £5million community energy project near Stratford-upon-Avon that will offer 5% gross returns for investors, while providing a long term funding stream for local charity groups. Stratford Community Energy is coordinating the project, which has seen a large solar...


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Ineos Reopens Plant to use Fracked Gas – FOES Reacton

Reacting to the news that Inoes will used fracked gas from the US at a reopened plant at Grangemouth, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Fracking has been stopped here because of its impact on local communities and climate change, but Ineos are imposing...


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Green Investment Bank will Help Stirling Council Save £31m

The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has provided a Green Loan to help Stirling Council save £31m over the next 30 years by installing energy saving streetlights. Stirling Council is borrowing £9.87m from GIB and will install light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of traditional sodium lightbulbs in12,000 streetlights over...


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Aldi UK Pesticide Review to Protect Pollinators Welcomed by Friends of the Earth

Aldi UK’s decision to review its pesticide policy, including the use of neonicotinoids, has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth. The review is due to be completed later this year. In a letter to Friends of the Earth, Aldi UK says: “The aim of this review is...


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Preparing a New Global Industry in the UK

Twice a day, every day, the Atlantic Ocean surges up on to the UK’s continental shelf and on to our coastline. This creates one of the highest tidal ranges in the world; an untapped energy source with huge potential. Harvesting the natural power of our tidal ranges here in...


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Longannet – Beginning of the End for Fossil Fuels

Longannet power station in Fife will burn its last lump of coal, ending over 45 years of producing electricity at Europe’s third largest coal-fired power station.  Friends of the Earth Scotland declared that this marks the beginning of the end for fossil fuels in Scotland. Dr Richard Dixon, Director...


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Asian Coal Boom: Climate Threat or Mirage?

Reports of a ‘coal boom’ in Asian Tiger economies are wide of the mark, report concludes Claims that Asia is on the verge of a huge expansion in coal burning for electricity generation are incorrect, says a new report. The report, Asia’s Tigers: Reconciling coal, climate and energy demand, argues...


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Citizen Science App to Track UK Allergy Sufferers

British allergy sufferers are to turn citizen scientists in a bid to decode the poorly understood world of seasonal allergies thanks to a free new app. The app – called #BritainBreathing – a collaboration between the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Immunology, and The University of...


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English Rivers at Risk from Climate Change says Environment Agency Report

The Environment Agency has published a new report that outlines the impacts climate change will have on English rivers, particularly on increasing algal blooms. Climate change will lower river flows, concentrating pollution, which will cause more algal blooms damaging wildlife and plants in rivers, wetlands and lakes. With only...


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Friends of the Earth Trustees Say Carry on Campaigning on the EU

Friends of the Earth Trust will continue to campaign in favour of the UK remaining in the EU, the charity’s Trustees confirmed today. The announcement follows the welcome publication today of clarified and updated guidance by the Charity Commission, following strong criticisms by lawyers and charities on their earlier...


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Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016 Call for Nominations to Open Shortly

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) will formally open its call for nominations to the 2016 Low Carbon Champions Awards in the week beginning 11 April. The Champions Awards celebrate organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award...


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Scottish Stations Benefit from £20,000 of Funding to Keep Scotland Beautiful

More than £20,000 of funding has been awarded to five Scottish volunteer groups to help them improve green spaces at five ScotRail stations across the country. The funding which was announced yesterday 22 March, will help communities improve outside areas at the stations and ensure that they are a...


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Use it or Lose it: UK has Offshore Assets and Opportunity to Meet Zero Carbon Ambitions

The UK Government is planning tighter climate laws to deliver net zero carbon emissions – but how? A new report shows how the UK’s unique assets can be used to support this ambition cost-effectively through carbon capture and storage (CCS) but warns that this opportunity must be grasped now,...


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Youth Environment Panel will ‘Reroute’ Young People’s Attitudes to Nature

  Young Scot and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have joined forces to establish a bold, new National Youth Advisory Group named ReRoute.  Made up of 14 young volunteers aged 13-23, the group will gather insights and ideas on biodiversity. They will be involved in actively engaging other young people...


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Comment on UNEP’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016 Report

A new report on global investment trends in renewable energy is ‘extremely significant’, says Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter. Professor Mitchell said: “There are some eye-catching figures in this report which are, as UNEP says, extremely significant. We’re looking at serious sums of...