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Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beats hotel giants to green award

A tiny guesthouse in the foothills of Snowdonia has seen off competition from major hotel chains to scoop a national prize for its environmental credentials. Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beat the reputation and resources of Best Western Hotels' Old Tollgate, in Suffolk, and Park Plaza London (with its 396 bedrooms) to take the Green Team of the Year title in the Considerate Hoteliers Awards 2014. Read more »

New map reveals worldwide impacts of climate change

Scientists from the University of Southampton have helped to create a new map, which shows the impact climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century, if carbon emissions continue to increase. The Human Dynamics of Climate Change map was developed by the Met Office Hadley Centre with specific contributions from universities, Government and science organisations.

The map shows a range of potential impacts:

  • Temperatures on the warmest days of the year rising by 6°C or more across Europe, parts of Asia and part of North America
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A new recipe for farming: UK government challenged to fix our broken food system

Ten organisations have come together for the first time to connect some very important issues and start a conversation that affects us all. Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming. Read more »

Buildings and infrastructure ill-prepared for changing climate

The resilience of transport networks, homes, hospitals and water supplies in England need to be enhanced to counter the more frequent and severe flooding and heatwaves that can be expected in future. This is the key finding of a new report by the government’s official adviser on preparing for climate change. Read more »

Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016

Ljubliana, Slovenia: winner of the European Green Capital Award 2017 (image © Anelim)

Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title. Ljubljana was commended for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens. The jury also recognised its sustainability strategy 'Vision 2025', which brings together plans covering environmental protection, mobility, energy and electric transport.

In addition, Ljubljana has made significant progress in implementing green procurement policies covering 70 % of all city purchases. Read more »

Mayor of London gives support to new London schools food growing initiative

Food Growing Schools: London launches on 20th June 2014 bringing together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, with the ambition to inspire every school in London to grow their own food by the end of 2016. Supported by the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery Fund, the launch coincides with recent changes to Government school food policy (School Food Plan, free infant school meals, cooking in the curriculum for all under 14s). Read more »

Shipping needs radical rethink warn climate experts

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change requires a radical rethink of the shipping system, according to a new report ‘High Seas: High Stakes’ released today by scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research based at The University of Manchester.

If global shipping is to make its fair contribution to avoiding the 2°C of warming associated with dangerous climate change, CO2 emissions need to be cut within the next decade and fall by at least 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, say the authors. Read more »

FoE report links UK pension funds to land grabbing for the first time

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Read more »

Have vacuum cleaners been sucked into the throwaway culture?

A study has been launched by Nottingham Trent University to examine the product life of vacuum cleaners and to find out whether they have been sucked into the disposable culture.

Led by Professor Tim Cooper, an expert in sustainable consumption at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, the research will explore how perceptions of dirt, damage and poor maintenance may lead to consumers disposing of their vacuums when they are easily repairable.

The project aims to increase the lifespan of vacuums to help save raw materials and reduce landfill costs. Read more »

Architectural researcher demonstrates how 'living roofs' help build better cities

Five platforms at the the Research and Demonstration Facility at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, were used to test various depths of “green” roofing.

Hot town, summer in the city — it's nothing new, but ways to handle the heat, humidity, and stormwater haven’t changed much since the invention of the sewer system. One solution offered by architectural researchers is known as a “green roof” — a roof covered in living, growing plants to soften the effects of heat, flooding, noise, and stormwater runoff. Read more »

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