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National Trust switches on hydroelectric turbine in Snowdonia

A hydroelectric turbine in Snowdonia, Wales, will begin generating power on Wednesday in the National Trust's first large-scale renewable energy project.

Green Investment Bank takes £241m stake in “critical” UK offshore wind farm

The £3 billion UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made its first investment in a UK offshore wind farm that will be built using giant turbines of the type set to be manufactured on British soil before the end of the decade.

New UK factory to build ‘farm-scale’ wind turbines

A new factory has opened in the West Midlands to to build 'farm-scale’ wind turbines and offer an alternative income for cash-strapped farmers.

Flood damage costs across Europe to soar to €23 billion by 2050

The huge cost of flood damage is set to soar fivefold across Europe in coming decades, according to the first comprehensive analysis of risk across the continent.

Nearly half of Brits say UK storms are result of climate change

Nearly half of people believe that the floods and storms that have ravaged Britain for the past three months are a result of climate change, compared with just over a quarter who do not, according to a new poll.

London at risk of catastrophic flooding, warns Kingfisher boss

The centre of London is at risk from catastrophic flooding that would make Hurricane Sandy's impact on New York pale in comparison, one of the UK's most senior businessmen has warned.

UK flooding: dredging rivers is a policy with dubious benefits

Across the country, we have seen our neighbours' homes and farms devastated by the floods. We understand their anger and frustration.

Environment Agency boss says Government budget cuts have hampered response

Ministers are "playing politics" with the flood crisis and "getting in the way of decent people doing a valiant job", according to an unprecedented outburst from the embattled boss of the Environment Agency, who blamed the Government for limiting the agency's response.

Travis Perkins deal puts gloss on eco friendly paint brush manufacturer

Northampton-based green manufacturer, Eco Ezee has won a major contract to supply its range of sustainable decorating products to leading buildings merchant Travis Perkins.

Cuadrilla rules out fracking at Balcombe

Cuadrilla is to scrap plans to use controversial fracking technology near the village of Balcombe in Sussex – but only because the rocks at its site already contain natural fractures.

Cleantech start-up challenges big waste firms with “back of the garage” technology

A UK start-up is going up against the big waste companies with a low-cost technology developed in the "back of the garage", claiming it will make it greener, cheaper and easier for businesses to deal with their waste.

Community Shop to extend ‘surplus’ range to non-food products

Community Shop, the first 'social supermarket’ redistributing to 'those who need it most’ food in the supply chain that would otherwise go to waste, is planning to extend the range of discounted products it sells to non-food items.

Further flooding on the way, warns Environment Agency

Businesses and households across England and Wales are being warned of the risk of further flooding today and into the weekend.

Cameron says “abnormal weather” likely linked to climate change

The Prime Minister today said climate change was almost certainly the cause of extreme weather events affecting the UK and that the Government should "look again" at what more could be done to improve flood defences.

Government needs to increase spending on flood defences, says climate adviser

Britain needs to face up to a radical change in weather conditions that could be the result of global warming, and spend much more on flood defences, Sir David King, the Government's special envoy on climate change, has said.


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National Trust switches on hydroelectric turbine in Snowdonia
The National Trust's Snowdonia hydro scheme is expected to generate 1,900 MWh per year
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