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Take A Treeflight

There are no two ways about it, flying is bad for the environment, as explained by Ru Hartwell, project director of

When we travel in an aeroplane we use loads of aviation fuel. In a few
hours we each burn up hundreds of litres of a non-renewable resource that it
took the earth (and the sun) millions of years to make. On top of this we
are producing a lot of CO2 which we all know is the main culprit for
global warming.

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UK Schools Compete for Wind Power

Friends of the Earth have launched a competition for schools and youth groups to win a wind turbine worth over £1500. The “Shout About Climate Change Solutions 2006” competition is open to schools and youth groups taking part in the FOEs “Shout about climate change solutions” week from November 6 – 10 2006.

“Shout About Climate Change Solutions” week is an annual nationwide week of activity to raise awareness and encourage action on climate change. Pupils taking part in the competition will be asked to investigate what individuals or organisations in their communities are doing to tackle climate change. They will record the achievements of community climate heroes through film, photography, audio or the written word.

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Nuclear is a Bad Deal for the Taxpayers

Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrat leader, has branded the move by the UK government towards a new generation of nuclear power stations unaffordable, unecessary and a bad deal for taxpayers.

“Taxpayers are already liable to pay up to £90bn to clean up after the existing generation of nuclear power stations.

“The taxpayers are picking up the tab because when the last government privatised British Nuclear Fuels, investors refused to shoulder the risk.

“There is no indication that they are any more willing to take on that risk this time.

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African countries make strides toward “Green Revolution”

African leaders are hoping to spur a “Green Revolution” in their countries, similar to that of Asia and Latin America in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They have proposed to eliminate taxes on fertilizer and have introduced a funding mechanism to make fertilizer more affordable to farmers who are often forced to abandon their lands and clear natural vegetation elsewhere because of soil depletion.

“Population pressure now compels farmers to grow crop after crop thereby mining the soil of nutrients,” Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo told heads of state and farming ministers from across Africa at a summit to address the crisis… [I]n Africa, where many farmers cannot afford fertiliser, yields per person have fallen over the last 40 years and experts warn that if soil depletion continues unabated, they will decline by up to 30 percent over the next 15 years. To avoid this, the heads of state pledged to reduce the cost of fertiliser by harmonising taxes and tariffs across the continent by mid-2007…

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