The Gaia Tribe Family Camp 2015

22/05/2015
27/05/2015

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Described by the Guardian newspaper as 'The UK's friendliest family festival', the Gaia Tribe returns for another year of dancing, drumming, permaculture, workshops, woodworking and delicious food!

Our theme this year is 'How do we create the world we wish to live in?'. All welcome!

Concessions and working tickets available.

Sunrise Celebration 10-year Anniversary

21/05/2015
24/05/2015
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Those Sunrise good vibes are back for 2015! The festival is all about participation and co-creation. It’s your chance to get enthused, empowered, illuminated and connected.

With a fantastic music line up, hands-on workshops, talks, kids area, dance, wilderness skills workshops for all ages and Forest School for children.

2015 sees the festival enjoying its 10th anniversary and it will be celebrating in style at its new home at Piercefield Park, Chepstow. This is the second year it will be held at this idyllic site with stunning views across the Wye Valley. Read more »

New glass technology could save energy with smart façades

The façade element operates using integrated shape-memory alloys and so doesn’t require an external power source. © Bára Finnsdóttir | Weißensee School of Art Berlin

Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element developed by Fraunhofer researchers and designers for glass fronts is to reduce energy consumption by harnessing solar thermal energy. A demonstrator version will be on display at Hannover Messe. Read more »

Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

Amazon canopy at dawn, Brazil. (© Peter van der Sleen)

The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. From a peak of two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in the 1990s, the net uptake by the forest has halved and is now for the first time being overtaken by fossil fuel emissions in Latin America.

The results of this monumental 30-year survey of the South American rainforest, which involved an international team of almost 100 researchers and was led by the University of Leeds, are published today in the journal Nature. Read more »

Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit publishes a review of tropical forests

The Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (ISU) has commissioned and published a wide-ranging review of the state of the world’s tropical forests and efforts to protect them.

Its key findings encompass the latest science on climate change mitigation, forest degradation, biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate regulation. The report also contains a series of policy recommendations on REDD+, landscape restoration, commodity supply chains and sustainable forest management. Read more »

Biodiversity damage mapped in global land-use study by the Natural History Museum & UNEP-WCMC

Infographic by Laura Cattaneo, demonstrating the history of biodiversity, population and land-use from the year 1800 until the year 2100. © Laura Cattaneo

Humanity’s use of land for agricultural production has come at a cost to local ecosystems worldwide, but some of the damage can be reversed, according to a major collaborative research project from the Natural History Museum, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and British universities.

Diversity prevents resistance: habitats rich in species make it easier to combat pests

In habitats rich in different species, pests don't become resistant to chemical control agents as quickly (© André Künzelmann, UFZ).

A diverse and species-rich agricultural landscape is also beneficial to farmers. This isn't just because there are plenty of pollinating insects, creepy crawly pest controllers and other useful helpers. Read more »

Using Gameplay to Challenge our Understanding of Sustainable Fishing

Screenshot of gameplay from the ecoOcean overfishing simulation game

A new and innovative computer game has been developed that allows players to experience and explore the complexities of sustainable fishing. The game has been used as an interactive stakeholder communication measure by the EC-funded SOCIOEC project, an initiative that was dedicated to investigating the socio economic effects of fisheries management measures of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The game allows players to directly investigate the effects of different fisheries management measures on fishermen’s behaviour. Read more »

Taking nature's best ideas to solve human problems

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The IBERS living walls on Gogerddan campus

A newly established Plants & Architecture Network has been set up between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities with funding via Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE). Read more »

Organic Vegetarian Cookery Residential Weekend

08/05/2015
10/05/2015

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The Natural Kitchen, Residential Vegetarian Cookery Course. 3 days on a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds.Inspiration for a healthy plant based diet with Erin Baker. Read more »

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