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Ray Cobbett: Britain can go greener after Brexit

The Natterjack toad is under threat. Picture RSPB

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 30th December 2016


FRIENDS of the Earth is one of 13 environmental groups with a combined membership of eight million which has launched A Greener UK campaign to keep Britain among the greenest countries in the world.

Other bodies include the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, CPRE and RSPB.

A poll showed that 80 per cent of respondents backed the same or stronger environment protection after Brexit as currently provided under EU law.

As more and more green space is allocated for development our land, water, clean air and wildlife is coming under increasing stress.

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A green Christmas? 41% of electricity used on Xmas Day was renewable

A study shows that 41% of the power used in UK homes on Christmas Day came from wind, sun, hydro-power and biomass.

Wind power helped to fuel a ‘green Christmas’ in 2016

Published on the Sky News website on the 29th December 2016


Renewable sources provided 41% of electricity used in the UK on Christmas Day.

A study for energy company Drax by experts at Imperial College London shows a 25% increase from last year as wind, sun, hydro-power and biomass powered a green Christmas.

Wind power accounted for three quarters of the renewable energy used and supplied more than 30% of the total electricity generated on 25th December in the UK.

Figures from another source, the MyGridGB website, give an estimate for the share of green energy slightly higher at 43%.

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Arctic heatwave could break records

Published on the BBC News website on the 24th December 2016

Story by Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News

University of Maine / Temperatures on Christmas Eve at the North Pole could reach close to freezing on Christmas Eve 2016

Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave.

Climate scientists say these unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change.

Temperatures throughout November and December were 5C higher than average.

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