Solar power from energy-harvesting trees

Scientists at VTT have developed a prototype of a tree that harvests solar energy from its surroundings - whether indoors or outdoors - stores it and turns it into electricity to power small devices such as mobile phones, humidifiers, thermometers and LED light bulbs. The technology can also be used to harvest kinetic energy from the environment. Read more »

Sardines move North due to ocean warming

Sardines, anchovies, mackerel and horse mackerel have increased their presence in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Sardines, anchovies and mackerels play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, as well as having a high commercial value. However, the warming of waters makes them vanish from their usual seas and migrate north, as confirmed by a pioneering study analysing 57,000 fish censuses from 40 years. The researchers warn that coastal towns dependent on these fishery resources must adapt their economies. Read more »

Germany’s “energywende” threatens migratory bats

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Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus): A small European bat species, which is presumably migrating over long distances. Photo: C.C.Voigt

Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter habitats. Due to its geographical location in Europe, Germany has consequently a central responsibility for the conservation of migratory bats. Read more »

Emission of greenhouse gases has a higher impact upon Antarctic thaw than changes in the earth’s orbit

Scientific perforation in Antarctica (courtesy of CSIC)

An international research team led by the High Council for Scientific Research and with the participation of the University of Granada, has found that there is a direct relation between the changes in the earth’s orbit and the stability of the Eastern ice cap of Antarctica, more specifically, on the continental fringe of Wilkes Land (East Antarctica). Read more »

Vegfest UK 2015

28/03/2015
29/03/2015

Event Description

Returning to the shores of Brighton for the first of three dates also including Bristol and London, the UK’s premier vegetarian and vegan superfood festival, Vegfest UK, is back at the Brighton Centre in March 2015. Read more »

'Gardeners of Eden' - SPECIAL FILM SCREENING

27/02/2015 18:30
27/02/2015 22:00

Event Description

On Friday 27th February, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) will be launching their first compelling film, ‘Gardeners of Eden’ at the Royal Geographical Society in London followed by a LIVE Q&A session with their Patron and Executive Producer of the film, Kristin Davis. Read more »

Ecotricity announces cut in gas bills by 6.1%, promising average annual savings of £42

Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, has announced it will cut gas bills by 6.1% – the biggest cut in the industry – following recent falls in the wholesale gas price. The company has only one gas tariff, so the price change will affect all customers, both new and existing. It comes into effect from May 1, saving customers an average £42 a year. Read more »

People Care Permaculture Intensive

09/03/2015
15/03/2015

Event Description

Permaculture design for the self and our communities.

This immersive residential course will enable participants to confidently apply Permaculture design tools to personal and social settings. We will explore the role of nature connection in resourcing ourselves, our creativity and our design process.

Who is it for?
People who have already attended a permaculture design course or introduction to permaculture, with an interest in exploring the use of permaculture tools and design for personal and social projects

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You can hear the coral reefs dying

Lionfish in an Indonesian coral reef

You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity, according to new research from the Universities of Essex and Exeter. Coral reefs are amongst the noisiest environments on our planet and healthy reefs can be heard by using underwater microphones from kilometres away. However, scientists have found that coral reefs impacted by human activity, such as overfishing, are much quieter than protected reefs, which can have a big impact on the fish and invertebrates which rely on the reefs for survival. Read more »

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