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Construction on Ecotricity's Galsworthy wind farm nears completion

Construction of Ecotricity's 9.2MW wind farm on Galsworthy Moor has stepped up, with all four wind turbines expected to be in the ground by the end of September. The wind farm, near Great Torrington in Devon, will begin generating in November and will power around 7,000 average UK homes a year: the equivalent of a quarter of all homes in Torridge.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Construction is going fantastically well, and this is the first of many more sites to come from Ecotricity. Read more »

2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel open for entries

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Tisséo-SMTC: Weaving together sustainable journeys in Toulouse

The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money. The Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions. Read more »

Climate-smart agriculture and new approaches to food systems needed to cope with climate change

Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York this September (2014). Read more »

Organic market strengthens as 83% of UK households now buy organic in some form

The Soil Association has revealed new figures showing an acceleration in the growth of the UK’s organic grocery market - outperforming non-organic sales in supermarkets. Read more »

Sharing the Climate Change burden: new study suggests how global carbon cuts could be fair

The UK and other developed nations will have to make far bigger cuts in their carbon emissions than currently planned to meet their fair share for tackling climate change, a new study has revealed. Read more »

Survival announces winners of 45th anniversary photographic competition

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The overall winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins tribes man in the Brazilian Amazon. (Cover and September) © Giordano Cipriani / Survival International

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has announced the twelve winning entries of its first-ever photographic competition, held to mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. The winning photograph by Giordano Cipriani is a stunning portrait of an Asurini do Tocantins man in the Brazilian Amazon. Read more »

Groups with 11m supporters call on David Cameron to lead at UN Climate Summit

The UK’s leading environmental and development groups have been joined by the IKEA Group, the National Trust, Unilever and the Women’s Institute in calling on David Cameron to speak out at the UN Climate Summit in New York. Read more »

Gold for Grow Mayow Community Garden

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Grow Mayow Community Garden has been awarded the highest level of achievement from the Royal Horticultural Society and London in Bloom in this year’s RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative.

Iris Borgers and Erika Sager were presented with the Level 5: Outstanding award at the RHS London In Bloom ceremony at the Surrey County Cricket Club on Monday, 8 September. Read more »

MeyGen tidal project signs the UK’s largest marine energy lease

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Atlantis, owner of the world’s largest planned tidal stream energy project, MeyGen, has announced that it has signed a 398MW, 25-year seabed lease with The Crown Estate. It is the largest marine energy lease to be awarded by The Crown Estate and is the first in The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters region, Scotland.

Atlantis recently announced that it has agreed terms with a funding syndicate for Phase 1A of the MeyGen project which will exceed £50 million. Construction is expected to commence in Q4 2014 with first power to the grid and revenues being earned in H1 2016. Read more »

Co-operative Energy to launch world’s biggest celebration of community energy

One of the younger visitors to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park during the inaugural Community Energy Fortnight in 2013 (Photograph: Andy Cantlon)

Community energy projects spanning the breadth of Britain will be opening their doors as part of the 2014 Community Energy Fortnight, launched this Saturday by leading energy provider, Co-operative Energy. From the Outer Hebrides to the depths of Cornwall, these events will give everyone in the UK the opportunity to get involved with – and be inspired by - community energy, through visits to wind farms and hydro stations, to DIY solar panel workshops and the launch of a community share offer. Read more »

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