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Future Hurricanes Could Hit European Shores

Hurricane Ophelia caused damage and deaths in Ireland and impacted upon the UK. Was it the harbinger of heavier intensity storms to cause havoc across Europe? Normally tropical storms peter out before they come all the way to the European shores. However ominously recent Hurricane Ophelia was much stronger than storms usually are when it […]

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Lovely, Tasty Plastic – the film A Plastic Ocean

The documentary A Plastic Ocean shows how plastic is contaminating the oceans, the sea-creatures there, and us, as we eat them. In this feature-length documentary a team of film-makers and scientists travel the world, seeing shocking sights of how we are destroying fish, whales, seabirds, and other wildlife with billions of tons of toxic plastic. […]

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Greening the Blockchain

2017 was the year of Bitcoin: the cryptocurrency hit new highs, reaching over $4000, with other alt-coins shooting up in value in its wake, and nations, large organisations and banks starting to look at it seriously. Essentially cryptocurrencies are two intermingled technologies: the financial tokens – that is the digital “coins”, and the backing distributed-ledger […]

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The Prince of Wales’s New Ladybird Book on Climate Change Takes Wing

The Prince of Wales has co-authored a new Ladybird Expert book on climate change, available now, with fellow writers environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh. The book is the first in a series of Ladybird Expert books, which are written for an adult readership and produced in the iconic style of the original […]

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Hendry Review Gives Thumbs-up to Tidal Lagoons

Renewable source could provide up to 10% of UK electricity A government report on the feasibility of using tidal lagoons to provide up to 10% of the UK’s electricity, the Hendry Review, has come out very strongly in favour of them. Former Energy Minister Charles Hendry says, “I believe that the evidence is clear that […]

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China Announces Ivory Trade Ban

World’s Biggest Consumer of Elephant Tusks Calls a Halt to Poaching China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. This is a very important decision as China is the biggest market in the world, and some estimates suggest that 70% of the world’s trade ends up […]

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Al Gore Makes Follow-up to ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Sequel to famous environmental film to debut at Sundance festival in January 2017 An Inconvenient Truth was a ground-breaking Oscar-winning documentary on climate change released in 2006. Next year, former Vice President Al Gore will be showing the follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, […]

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Solar Energy Outshines Its Rivals

World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind Solar energy is becoming the cheapest source of electricity globally, undercutting fossil fuels and its big renewable rival, wind power. This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in particularly low solar […]

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Wind Turbines Could Help Crops Grow

New research from Iowa State University suggests that the airflow from wind turbines can make crops more abundant A multi-year study led by Gene Takle, a Distinguished Professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences at the university, said tall wind turbines sited throughout a field creates air turbulence that may help plants by affecting […]

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Google to be Powered by 100% Renewables from 2017

Internet Giant Goes Green in a Big Way The internet giant Google is going to be fully powered by renewable energy from next year. It has been gradually moving to the use of electricity from environmentally-friendly sources over the past few years, but from 2017 its electricity will be from wholly-renewable sources. The company has […]