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Rance tidal barrage

How France eclipsed the UK with Brittany tidal success story

Robert Williams

10th November

The UK may have turned its back on the Severn barrage but across the channel they have been harnessing tidal energy from the River Rance for more than 40 years - and it may yet point to a way forward for smaller-scale renewable projects more...
Severn Barrage

Severn tidal barrage axed as nuclear power plants proposed

Tom Levitt

October 18th, 2010

Plans for a tidal barrage across the River Severn to produce hydroelectric power have been scrapped due to financial constraints as government confirms eight sites for new nuclear power plants

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Severn Barrage

Severn barrage faces economic rather than environmental hurdles

Mark Jansen

30th June, 2010

The coalition Government's silence on the Severn tidal barrage may be a reflection of the high economic costs rather than the environmental concerns surrounding the project more...
Vol. 10 No. 5 - June 1980 Ecologist Magazine

The Ecologist June 1980: Tidal barrages: boon or blight?

Gordon Rattray Taylor

June 1980

Thirty years ago this month, Gordon Rattray Taylor wrote ‘Tidal barrages: boon or blight?’, looking at the feasibility of tidal power in the UK; something that is still being discussed today more...
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Liberal Democrats support smaller Severn barrage plan

Ecologist

21st September, 2009

Proposals from the Government and Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) would cause 'untold damage' and take decades to set-up, say Liberal Democrats more...
Guardian Environment Network

Coal gets 20 times more money than marine power

Terry Macalister

24th August, 2009

Amount invested in marine energy is a drop in the ocean against more than £50m for collieries more...
Dan Box

Oi! You nicked my reef!

Dan Box

3rd August, 2009

In the cut-throat world of clean energy investment, is it more important that things are done for the right reason, or that the right thing gets done? We may not like the answer... more...
Working on a wind turbine

Three positive reports hammer home wind message

Eifion Rees

13th July, 2009

Inconsistent wind is no impediment to the generation of electricity by turbines, three separate reports have concluded, as well as showing that the National Grid is more than able to cope with increased investment in wind energy more...
In the News

New green electricity projects to be trialed in the UK

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

The problem with renewable energy is not that there isn’t enough, it’s how to bring that power to where it’s needed, when it’s needed. more...
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The case for harnessing renewable energy

Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes

9th April, 2009

The authors of the recent Climate Safety report make the case for harnessing the UK's renewable energy resource. By Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes more...
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Is a reef better than a barrage for the Severn?

Peter Bunyard

10th February, 2009

The Severn Estuary, earmarked as a potentially huge source of energy, has been met with increasing concerns over serious environmental damage. A report from 2008 by Frontier Economics found that justification for the Severn Barrage is slim - both economically speaking and on environmental grounds. Peter Bunyard takes a look at an innovative solution that has similarities with a tidal reef. more...
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Study shows worms can develop pesticide resistance in as little as 80 days

Ecologist

2nd February, 2009

The pesticide industry knows all too well that nature quickly develops immunity to its chemical armoury. But a new study by scientists at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, in Portugal has shown that a species of worm can develop resistance to a common pesticide in just 20 generations, or 80 days. more...

Tidal: 1/21 of 21

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Severn barrage - is there an alternative?

Mark Anslow, Peter Clark

27th January, 2009

Will the temptation of vast amounts of clean, tidal energy lead us to ignore the chance of serious environmental damage? Mark Anslow and Peter Clark report more...
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Problems with renewables - land wars

Paul Kingsnorth

1st April, 2008

Renewables good, fossil fuels bad... unless, of course, renewables begin to take up more and more land in order to meet our energy needs. Paul Kingsnorth adds fuel to a tricky debate. more...

Power On - Tidal Power

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

The potential for the use of tidal power in the UK is enormous, amounting to, at the very least, 20 per cent of our electricity needs.
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UK trying to wriggle out of renewables commitments

News

15th October, 2007

A leaked document revealed by the Guardian over the summer showing how the Government was preparing to dodge its EU commitments on renewable energy has been borne out in a new round of EU talks. more...
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Government's advisors give thumbs up to Severn Barrage

News

2nd October, 2007

The Government's Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has given the nod to a huge barrage across the Severn estuary which will result in the loss of 145 hectares of protected wetland habitat and a change in the intertidal area of some 14,428 hectares. more...
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Britain could be carbon-free by 2030

News

9th July, 2007

Britain could become a ‘carbon-free’ country in just twenty years, according to a new report published by the Wales-based Centre for Alternative Technology. more...
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White papers may have silver lining

News

1st June, 2007

Last week's planning and energy white papers drew scorn from environmentalists for green-lighting out-of-town developments and nuclear power respectively. more...
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South Korea hot for solar energy

News

10th May, 2007

The town of Shinan in South Korea is planning to host the world’s largest solar power plant, following government plans to generate 10 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. more...
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Tidal Electric’s offshore project

The Ecologist

1st July, 2003

Could the latest type of tidal-power generator be environmentally benign and deliver cheap, dependable and sustainable energy? more...

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