Climate change and the ecological emergency

Nature recovery in Dorset Philip Hygate, Chair, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “We are proud to unite for nature shoulder to shoulder with so many other protected landscape organisations throughout the world. Protected landscapes are at the sharp end of climate change and nature loss and are seeing its effects already.”Continue reading “Climate change and the ecological emergency”

Half the UK’s energy!

UK windfarms generate record amount of electricity during Storm Malik Wind speeds of up to 100 miles an hour recorded in Scotland helped send power generation soaring Jillian Ambrose – The Guardian Sun 30 Jan 2022 13.27 GMT The UK’s windfarms generated a record amount of renewable electricity over the weekend as Storm Malik batteredContinue reading “Half the UK’s energy!”

Natural Assets

From the Dorset Council Climate Change and Ecological Emergency Natural Assets Action Plan “Natural Assets play a critical role in providing services that are vital for the physical wellbeing of Dorset’s population. As well as the natural regulation of hazards, such as flooding.“ “Dorset Council has a responsibility to protect the county’s Natural Assets, facilitatingContinue reading “Natural Assets”

Against Expert Advice!

The proposal to build a giant 190-acre solar farm between Mappowder and Pulham, in the beautiful and historic Blackmore Vale, met huge opposition this year. The current situation is that Dorset Council asked the developer to redo its Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment in the wake of clear deficiencies exposed by the Dorset Area ofContinue reading “Against Expert Advice!”

More Offshore!

UK Government opens ‘biggest round’ of CfD energy auctions to date 13 December 2021, source edie newsroom The fourth round of the UK Government’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction scheme, designed to increase investment in low-carbon energy, has opened, aiming to support 12GW of new generation capacity. The majority of the funding will benefit offshore wind.Continue reading “More Offshore!”

Is hydrogen the solution

Is hydrogen the solution to decarbonize our societies?  After years of debate on which role it would take in the energy transition, it seems hydrogen technologies are about to enter the mass market stage. For the past three months, not a single week has gone by without a new announcement on a hydrogen strategy fromContinue reading “Is hydrogen the solution”

A view from Thanet

Written by Sarah Bowers The Westgate & Garlinge Action Group Against Housing Development committee is a group of local residents that have come together because they are passionate about saving and protecting Thanet’s green space for generations to come. The group was set up in a bid to save Westgate agricultural land from being developedContinue reading “A view from Thanet”

Farming in protected landscapes

“This is a farmed landscape.  Farmers have shaped it for millennia, and are responsible for much of its natural beauty now protected for the nation.” New funding for climate, nature and people in the nation’s special landscapes Farmers and land managers in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) will be givenContinue reading “Farming in protected landscapes”