Thursday, May 26, 2022

Half of UK councils not confident of meeting self-imposed net zero targets, survey finds

Senior figures in local government doubt their authorities are on track to meet net zero targets, a new survey by E.ON and the Local...

Renewables industry group lobbies for supply chain growth

Scottish Renewables presents five actions which The Scottish Government could take to boost net-zero supply chain Industry body Scottish Renewables has launched a new campaign...

Mapping project aims to boost biodiversity on England’s motorways and major A-roads network

Manchester Metropolitan University has been commissioned to develop a new mapping system which will make it easier for National Highways to keep track of...

Creators of underwater, eco-friendly concrete are finalists in the European Inventor Award

The inventors of an innovative building material for sea walls are finalists in the European Inventor Award 2022. ECOncrete® founder and CEO, Ido Sella, has...

£4.6 million tidal blade testing facility opens in Fife

A rapid testing facility for tidal turbine blades has opened in Rosyth, Fife, described as the world's first. Researchers say it can speed up...

£4m investment in new Central Scotland recycling facility

Recycling and waste management business Levenseat has announced plans to invest £4m upgrading a new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which it purchased for an...

Making sense of sewage discharge data

More data is becoming available to help with understanding why so much sewage is being spilled in UK rivers, and fascinating efforts are underway to interpret it and present it to the public in an accessible and transparent format. Envirotec reviews the latest data, tools and what experts believe we can learn.

Anyone for nuclear-powered floating desalination plants?

Land-based desalination plants are a familiar fixture in many regions of the world but their cost and reliance on fossil fuels remain a bugbear. A new report explores the possibilities presented by a novel alternative.

Hull enhancement eliminates copper

A Danish biotech firm believes it may have found a way to eliminate copper from ship's paint, replacing it with a more sustainable and biodegradeable alternative: eelgrass acid.

Silly numbers: The hopes and fears of climate intervention (book review)

"It would be very difficult, but it could be done" is maybe the most exuberant appraisal to derive from Wake Smith's detailed analysis of the climate intervention landscape as it currently appears. Pandora's Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention explores geoengineering and carbon removal options varying across a spectrum of feasibility and cost.

Slow pace of innovation continues to frustrate supply chain, says water industry survey

A new survey from British Water points to an ongoing lack of innovation uptake by water companies and their delivery partners. ...

Global warming is projected to exceed 1.8°C, according to McKinsey report

The energy transition continues to gain steam, with oil demand projected to peak in this decade, perhaps as soon as 2025, according to new...

Climate and agriculture halve insect populations in some areas, warns UCL study

Climate change and intensive agricultural land use have already been responsible for a 49% reduction in the number of insects in the most impacted...

Recycling trade association criticises comments of EA chief on waste exports

The Recycling Association has criticised the "dangerous language" used by Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan. In a speech at a 12 April event...

AI and Blockchain start-up brought into major Scottish infrastructure framework

A six-year Framework with Morrison Construction and Scottish Water has been awarded to Hypervine, a cleantech construction startup that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and...

Tropical megacities enter new phase of declining air

A new study appears to reveal rapid degradation in air quality in megacities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East - as well as...

$650 million investment is the biggest so far in direct air capture

Swiss direct air capture (DAC) start-up firm Climeworks announced on 5 April that it has signed an equity round of $650 million (CHF...

€1 million award for app-supported regreening programme

A project that aims to help farmers restore land and introduce more sustainable methods has secured a €1 million grant from the Dutch National...

Partnership offers route to a greener dram

An innovative new project is ‘distilling’ residues from Scotland’s famous whisky industry into sustainable, green energy. The successful trial involving Scottish Water, SEPA and major...

Port Meadow becomes UK’s second river site to gain bathing status

A stretch of the River Thames at Port Meadow, Oxford, has been designated as an official river bathing location after a nearly two-year long...