World's most powerful tidal turbine launched in Scotland

A 72 metre long tidal turbine, named Orbital O2, developed by Orbital Marine Power has been launched from the port of Dundee.

Orbital O2, which its developers claim is the world's most powe...

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EU commit to 55% cut in carbon emissions by 2030

The European Commission has reached a deal on new European wide climate change targets that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels)....

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Climate supercomputer to be built in the UK

The Met Office in conjunction with Microsoft, have announced that they are going to build the most powerful climate forecasting supercomputer in the world.

They have confirmed the computer...

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US announces ambitious carbon targets

The United States has announced it will cut carbon emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, which is a significant and ambitious plan, and a somewhat welcome move given...

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Bill on process to determine local authority's own planning applications

A Bill seeking to establish independent local planning processes to determine housing development planning applications submitted by local authorities is being debated in Pa...

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Property development company prosecuted for poor site safety

JNR Developers Limited, have been prosecuted and fined £32,000 following Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspections that found repeated poor standards of safety at...

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UK to toughen targets on greenhouse gas emissions over next 15 years

Being the first major developed economy to do so, the UK is looking to toughen its targets on greenhouse gases over the next 15 years. 

The government's climate advisors recommend that...

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Application for UK's largest electrolyser facility

A planning application has been submitted by Scottish Power to build a clean energy and hydrogen production hub in Scotland. The project would be based at ScottishPower's 539MW Whitelee wind farm,...

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Professionals urge Johnson to reverse new regulations

Boris Johnson is being urged by several built environment professionals, including the RTPI, to reverse new regulations that will see parts of the planning process skipped to turn commercial b...

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Record high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Regardless of a lowering in emissions from the COVID pandemic, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have hit record highs.

Data taken from the recording station at Mauna...

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Directors sentenced and fined for illegal waste wood operation

A director was ordered to pay £50,000 in fines, compensation and legal costs, whilst the other faces a five-year ban as a company director, for operating an illegal waste wood operation in Es...

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Countryside Code updated

On 1 April 2020, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales published an updated version of the Countryside Code to help people enjoy the outdoors.<...

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Plans for new school in Sutton approved

Plans for a new secondary and special education needs (SEN) school in Sutton have been approved even though the housing secretary noted that it did not fulfil a policy requirement for "exemplary de...

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Dorset construction company sentenced after worker falls

Following a worker's fall through a skylight during the construction of a new farm building in Wimborne, Cutler Bros Ltd. and it's Director, Roger Martin Cutler, have been sentenced.

On 22...

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Cigarette litter could be targeted in proposed laws

Ministers are considering a proposal to make tobacco companies pay for litter created by smokers and cigarette butts as part of the extended producer responsibility scheme, currently proposed in th...

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