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The UK water companies are calling on the Government to clarify regulatory issues and stabilise longer-term incentives for anaerobic digestion to enable the sector to exploit bio-waste and associated gases – particularly with regard to renewable energy generation.

An international panel of marine scientists, including IUCN experts, is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought.

Friday, 27 September 2013 09:14

Renewable energy generation jumps 56% in UK

Renewable generation grew by 56 per cent, with its share of electricity generation up to a record 15 per cent from the 10 per cent share in the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices released yesterday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

A landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this morning has concluded that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.

Bernd Zacharias, Director of Business Development at Hamburg Wasser in Germany, with more than 20 years’ experience in wastewater and fresh water treatment, discusses the current challenges and opportunities in the water-tech industry - and flags up energy efficiency as the key issue for the global water sector in the run up to the World Water-Tech Summit in Toronto next month.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:53

Arctic sea ice remains in long-term decline

Official figures from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado released yesterday have confirmed that the Arctic Sea Ice has reached its summer minimum and is again one of the lowest levels on record, falling to 5.10 million square kilometers (1.97 million square miles) on September 13, 2013.


A new report by RenewableUK, the trade body for the UK wind and marine renewables sector, has highlighted a 74% increase in UK jobs in wind and marine energy since 2010 - together these growth industries now directly employ 18,465 people full time.


Development of the largest tidal array in Europe today can now progress after Scottish Ministers awarded consent to build the first tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth.

Marine energy technology company Minesto is looking at Wales for commercial installations of its ‘underwater kite’ power plants.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, has today made the Government’s case for the safe and responsible exploration of shale gas in the UK, in line with the UK’s climate change targets.


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