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Chatsworth: attic junk to renewable energy centre

The Ecologist

4th December 2013

Not all of us could raise £2.5m by selling the junk in our attics. But that's what the Chatsworth Estate achieved in 2010 - and now the money is funding a major renewable energy expansion. more...
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Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

Almuth Ernsting

9th November 2013

Biomass electricity in the UK = clear-cutting of ancient swamp forests + bulldozing of traditional communities' lands + deprived UK communities bearing the brunt of toxic emissions. more...
How to... buy an eco-friendly home

How to... buy a green home

Bethany Hubbard

6th April, 2012

From wool insulation to wood-burning boilers, a greener property is possible. Bethany Hubbard rounds up the key things to look out for more...
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RESPONSE: The flawed arguments behind biomass

Robert Palgrave

27th March, 2012

Is biomass really a low-carbon, sustainable energy source? Industry group Back Biomass say yes while watchdog group Biofuelwatch says no more...
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Glorious Garda: olives, red wine and a biomass boiler by Italy’s largest lake

Ruth Styles

14th March, 2012

From wood chips to lights that turn themselves off, Lake Garda’s Lefay Resort and Spa offers an unusually green experience to travellers. What’s more, says Ruth Styles, the views of the lake and mountains are sensational more...
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Response: biomass 'needs to be part of our low-carbon future'

Jess Lennard

2nd March, 2012

The biomass industry responds to an Ecologist article by Biofuelswatch to counter what it says are the 'myths' around biomass, arguing that it is sustainable, proven and low carbon more...
Forestry

Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK's destructive bioenergy policies

Ian Lander

7th February, 2012

Biofuelwatch warn of an unfolding 'biomassacre' as the UK is set to rely on a growing amount of wood-based biomass, driving landgrabbing, replacing old growth forests with plantations, destroying biodiversity and causing air pollution more...
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Biomass is the next biofuel 'land grab' on tropical forests, warn campaigners

Tom Levitt

5th December, 2011

Just as biofuels have gobbled up farmland that should have been growing food so the push on biomass by Monsanto, Cargill and others will see an 'unprecedented' grab on land, plants and biodiverse-rich forests more...
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Power: keeping it green

Henry Gass

3rd June, 2011

Angela Merkel’s decision to dispense with nuclear power has left environmentalists around the world exploring alternatives. Henry Gass weighs up the options more...
Renewable investment by country

Revealed: how your country compares on renewable investment

Tom Antebi

29th March, 2011

A breakdown of how major countries compare on their success in attracting investment in wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy in the past year more...
Biomass crops

Biomass Britain: do fields of energy crops spell an end to grazing livestock?

Tom Levitt

13th July, 2010

A new vision to replace our grazing land with energy crops will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but many are unwilling to embrace its suggestions for our future diet and countryside more...
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UK to pay public for generating green energy - but will it be enough?

Ecologist

1st February, 2010

Campaign groups believe the payments will be too low to encourage significant numbers of people to install small scale renewable energy in their homes and communities more...

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Atlantic Rising: energy-efficient cooking in Guinea Bissau

Tim Bromfield

23rd November, 2009

Children are learning to use stoves made from cow dung and termite mud in a battle to reduce consumption of timber for fuel more...
Port Talbot

Biomass plant gets go-ahead but will not use waste heat

Ecologist

2nd October, 2009

Campaigners have criticised the Environment Agency for not requiring a new wood-chip power plant in South Wales to reuse its waste heat more...
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10 Reasons why organic can save the world

Ed Hamer & Mark Anslow

1st March, 2008

Can organic farming feed the world? Ed Hamer and Mark Anslow say yes, but we must farm and eat differently more...
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Britain to build world's biggest biomass plant

News

22nd November, 2007

The Government has given the go-ahead for the biggest biomass plant in the world to be built on the South coast of Wales. more...

Power On - Energy from Waste

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Each year, UK livestock produce some 60 million tonnes of collectable faeces. If left to run into water-courses or even spread on fields, this waste can lead to the same problems associated with excessive fertiliser use – algal blooms and aquatic life starved of oxygen.
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Wood fuel for thought

Adam Nicolson

23rd August, 2007

Today's energy policies are concerned overwhelmingly with generating electricity. But 84 per cent of the energy we use at home is to heat our rooms and hot water. What if that energy could come from a source which is not only renewable, but is cheap, readily available, and even improves the environment it is extracted from? Adam Nicolson reports on the growing potential for wood fuel in Kent more...
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Less waste, more speed

Jeremy Smith & Jon Hughes

29th March, 2007

Growing crops to solve the planet’s energy needs doesn’t work. Recycling the energy in our waste just might have a significant part to play. By Jeremy Smith & Jon Hughes more...
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Renewable energy: Micro-hydro, Biomass, Solar Water Panel

Jeremy Smith

1st June, 2004

Unlike large dams, now widely acknowledged to be unsustainable and ineffective, micro-hydro involves the use of small mills and dams to provide clean energy and an alternative source of income for rural communities. more...

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