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Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

A former industrial wasteland in Manchester, England, has officially been designated an 1,824-acre nature reserve that will provide 300,000 locals with access to nature, a press release from Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said. The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh will become one of England’s most extensive urban nature […]

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    Climate Change Is Threatening Many Species, But One Is Getting a Boost

    Climate Change Is Threatening Many Species, But One Is Getting a Boost

    By Lucy Goodchild van Hilten A towering elm tree stands 30 meters (approximately 98 feet) tall, somewhere near the border between England and Scotland, defying the fate that so many of its cousins met when Dutch elm disease ravaged the species in the 1970s. One of relatively few elm trees left, it is a haven […]

    Judge Allows First UK Fracking in 7 Years to Proceed

    Judge Allows First UK Fracking in 7 Years to Proceed

    An anti-fracking campaigner has lost a last-ditch legal effort to stop the first fracking in the UK in seven years, The Guardian reported Friday. Lancashire resident Robert Dennett had won a temporary injunction last week to stop shale natural gas company Cuadrilla from fracking in a well near Blackpool in northwest England. At a hearing […]

    UK Jails First Environmental Activists in 86 Years Over Fracking Protest

    UK Jails First Environmental Activists in 86 Years Over Fracking Protest

    Environmental activists were sentenced to prison Wednesday for their anti-fracking demonstrations in northwest England. Roscoe Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, were given 16 months in prison. Richard Loizou, 31, was given 15 months. The three were found guilty of public nuisance offense by a jury in August, The Guardian reported. A fourth protester, Julian […]

    World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Irish Sea

    World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Irish Sea

    The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened in the Irish Sea on Thursday, covering an area of 145 square kilometers (55 square miles). The 659-megawatt Walney Extension, located approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Cumbria, England, consists of 87 turbines and is capable of generating enough renewable energy to power almost 600,000 […]

    Only a Third of UK’s Plastic Food Packaging Is Recyclable

    Only a Third of UK’s Plastic Food Packaging Is Recyclable

    Local governments in England and Wales have said that only about a third of the plastic food containers recycled by their constituents are actually able to be processed in recycling facilities, BBC News reported Saturday. The Local Government Association (LGA) found that 525,000 metric tons (approximately 578,713 U.S. tons) of plastic pots, trays and tubs […]

    ‘You Can’t Buy Health’: Energy​ Company Accused of Offering ‘Blood Money’ to Frack Near Homes

    ‘You Can’t Buy Health’: Energy​ Company Accused of Offering ‘Blood Money’ to Frack Near Homes

    Cuadrilla Resources—a UK-based energy company set to horizontally frack Britain for the first time after two earthquakes halted its initial drilling attempt in 2011—is giving cash payments to residents living near its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road in Lancashire. Cuadrilla said that households within one kilometer of the site will each receive […]