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BioDigestion and the Future

Less waste, more efficiency if we use anaerobic digestion more widely There is the potential today in the UK to regenerate jobs in the rural economy, provide power and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by utilising anaerobic biodigestion to a much greater extent. AD as it is known, uses micro-organisms to break down biological material […]

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David Green, Environmental Entrepreneur (1961-2013) Obituary

David Green took his own life in sad and tragic circumstances after the sudden collapse of the Eco-Island project which he founded and masterminded. I knew David Green, the powerhouse behind the Eco-Island project to run the Isle of Wight on renewable energy. See our previous blog here. I had dinner with him in August […]

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Fracking – Green Alliance Discussion

Is drilling for shale gas really necessary? Environmental think tank the Green Alliance held a discussion about the finer points of fracking last week. While there was no outright fracking industry representative on the panel, there were disparate views expressed. The participants were Caroline Lucas, Green MP, Michael Liebreich, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, David Kennedy, […]

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First Class Honours in Survival for University of London Honeybees

Rooftop hives in central London are thriving The rooftop honeybees are proving to be top of the class in the subject of survival and are adapting well to life at the University of London right in the centre of the UK’s capital. Despite suggestions that urban beekeeping could be damaging to the bee population, the […]

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China to Invest in New UK Nuclear Plants? Updated

Chancellor puts together deal to have Chinese financial backing for building nukes China has redeveloped its economic muscle. In all but two of the last 20 centuries, China was the world’s largest economy. It also is the longest surviving system of government, as chinese people will tell you, seeing a continuity of culture from before […]

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Prospects for Jobs in The Green Economy

Green Business could be a major driver of growth As the party conference season draws to a close the three major UK parties have been anxious to tell us that they will create employment, but strangely, none of them seemed to really see the potential for green jobs. In the light of the latest IPCC […]

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The Climate is Hotting Up

IPCC releases first part of latest Climate Change report The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released summaries of its latest report on Climate Change: “Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Each of the […]

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North Sea Oil and Gas Falls Sharply

Record decline in production of 22% expected this year Britain’s North Sea oil and gas fields are predicted to decline again this year. These fields are ageing and well past their peak, which was in 1999. Since 2000 the number of barrels of oil extracted per day has fallen from 3 million down to 1.54 […]

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Scientists Predict More Extreme Weather for Northern Hemisphere

 UK summers will become hotter as climate change continues A research paper has just been published by scientists working for the famous Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Geophysics Dept of the University of Madrid. They analysed temperatures for the Northern hemisphere and used an advanced computer climate model, which predicts more extreme […]

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Fracking Protests Show Opposition to Shale Gas

Small communities feel threatened as UK Government gives shale gas companies tax break There have been anti-fracking protests this week from people in the West Sussex village of Balcombe, which highlighted the unease that people living near the drilling sites have about this controversial process for extracting trapped gas from underground shale rock. Essentially fracking […]

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