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Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

The government must act to permanently ban bee-harming pesticides says Friends of the Earth as new research from Royal Holloway University released today (14 August) suggests that neonicotinoid pesticides are a risk to bumblebee extinction. The research showed that queen bees exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides were 26% less likely to be able to start a […]

Elgan Pugh crowned STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Champion 2017

Elgan Pugh crowned STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Champion 2017

The picturesque surroundings of BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace played host to an action-packed STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® British Championship on Saturday 5th August, where Welsh local Elgan Pugh came, sawed and conquered to take home the top prize in a nail biting event. Now in it’s fifth year, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® British Championship […]

STA secures tax win for solar and battery storage

STA secures tax win for solar and battery storage

Today the Solar Trade Association (STA) is celebrating securing a 5% rate of VAT on battery storage for householders installing a storage system alongside a new solar PV system. The win significantly improves the economics of installing solar + storage and brings the VAT treatment of storage in line with the treatment of household fuels, […]

New Forest organisations call on Government to support commoners, Verderers, farmers and landowners in ‘Green Brexit’

New Forest organisations call on Government to support commoners, Verderers, farmers and landowners in ‘Green Brexit’

New Forest organisations presented Defra Minister Lord Gardiner with a paper outlining how future agricultural schemes could protect the unique Forest environment. They have put the case for a locally managed and led support scheme to be put in place post 2020 to build on how commoners, Verderers and landowners already work together to protect […]

South Australia charged as global leader in renewable energy

South Australia charged as global leader in renewable energy

Tesla’s recent South Australian battery announcement has solidified the state as a world leader in renewable energy. The California-based company will be joined by the Lyon Group in developing some of the world’s largest lithium ion battery facilities in the same Australian state – two different projects separated by about 135km. Tesla’s battery installation will […]

Bee groups embrace new EU partnership: trust is the key

Bee groups embrace new EU partnership: trust is the key

Beekeepers, scientists, policy-makers and other relevant parties are to set up a European bee partnership that could transform the way bee health is assessed in the EU. The pledge was the main outcome of a major scientific meeting held in Brussels yesterday entitled “Towards a European Bee Partnership” that was attended by more than 120 […]

Global Solar Council Selects New CEO, Jodie Roussell

Global Solar Council Selects New CEO, Jodie Roussell

The Global Solar Council has selected Jodie Roussell to be the Council’s new Chief Executive Officer. Roussell will assume the new role on 1 August 2017. The Global Solar Council represents national and regional solar associations, and the leading global corporations operating in solar, across an industry that now employs over 3 million people worldwide. […]

ADBA calls for sector support from new Government

ADBA calls for sector support from new Government

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), has congratulated Prime Minister Theresa May on forming a new Government, but called for swift action to overcome uncertainty and assist the AD sector in boosting the economy, creating jobs and ensuring security of energy supply. AD is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective solution […]

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

An astonishing 700,000 microfibres – threads of plastic the size of an ant’s leg – leach out of an average 6kg wash of acrylic clothing. And research by Brunel University London shows this plastic pollution has travelled at least as far as Britain’s farms. The team behind BBC’s Countryfile, one of the nation’s most popular […]

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