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Human race just 0.01% of all life but has a disproportionate impact on life on Earth

New ground-breaking assessment published of all life on the planet A new study ‘The biomass distribution on Earth’ reports that despite the human race being just 0.01% of all life on the planet it is utterly dominant in the grand scheme of Earth. According to the report, Humankind represents just 0.01% of all living things and yet since the dawn of civilisation, has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants whilst livestock kept by humans is abundant. Read a report about the study in the Guardian here. Read ‘The biomass distribution on Earth’ here.

Posted in General News on June 13th, 2018

Divest Parliament training available

Encourage your MP to divest the Parliamentary Pension Fund from fossil fuels Over the last 18 months, thousands of people have got active with the Divest Parliament campaign – asking their MPs to divest the Parliamentary Pension Fund from fossil fuels. So far, 160 MPs, including leaders of the Labour Party, the SNP in Westminster, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have signed up. It is pressure from constituents that gets MPs to act so the Divest Parliament team have devised a training session to empower constituents to engage effectively with their MP to get action. Sign up to host » Read More

Posted in General News on June 6th, 2018

World Scientists’ ‘Warning to Humanity’ – A Second Notice

New report is one of the most talked about papers globally since Altmetric records began It has been 25 years since the first ‘Scientists’ warning to humanity’ was published and second notice is continuing to gain momentum.  Read more.

Posted in General News on June 4th, 2018

Bees and pollinators: A Commonwealth concern

A report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government and Civil Society Chogm Malta 2015 Today is World Bee Day so an ideal time to read this report here.

Posted in General News on May 20th, 2018

A green Bank of England – central banking for a low-carbon economy

Positive Money economist, Rob Macquire recently told a high level panel: The Bank of England needs to play a central role in preventing climate catastrophe and lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. But right now it isn’t acting fast enough. Here’s what it needs to do.” You can read the report here and watch the video below.

Posted in General News on May 15th, 2018

UK Passivhaus Awards – call for entries!

The Oscars for building performance have returned! Low on energy use, high on quality, and often dubbed the gold standard for indoor comfort, the 2018 UK Passivhaus Awards will celebrate the best certified Passivhaus schemes from across the UK. We are looking for projects that will prove the Standard can apply to any size, any site, and any style. We want projects that not only have ambitious architectural ambition, but also impeccable eco credentials to prove it.   Registration is now open, and you have until the 29th June 2018 to submit your projects into a choice of three categories: Small » Read More

Posted in General News on May 3rd, 2018

Volunteering opportunities in Tanzania helping to promote environmental sustainability.

Two volunteering posts available to work for 6-8 weeks in July/August 2018. IHelp Global is a relatively new charity organisation focusing on fighting poverty in Asia and Africa by promoting environmental sustainability as an overarching objective. Alongside IHelp Global’s work in Africa and Asia, the organisation runs a Children’s Eco Village on the outskirts of Dares Salaam, Tanzania. The charity will pay for travel (airfare and local travel), accommodation, food and travel insurance. There are two volunteering opportunities available, please click on the links below for full details of the opportunities and how to apply.   Project Proposal Writer Policy » Read More

Posted in General News on April 26th, 2018

CPRE Hampshire launches Countryside Awards 2018

Submissions open until 31st May 2018 CPRE Hampshire has announced the launch of its Countryside Awards for 2018, with new incentives for businesses, groups and individuals to enter and champion the work they do standing up for the countryside that makes Hampshire so unique. The Countryside Awards are designed to celebrate our beautiful, diverse and thriving countryside and all those who sustain it so that that everyone can value and enjoy it. The spirit of this can be found in a diverse range of projects, buildings, businesses, services and social enterprises – from large to grass roots level. To date » Read More

Posted in General News on March 27th, 2018

Materials for Architecture returns in London from 25th – 26th April 2018

The construction industry is fast evolving to extraordinary lengths and materials are at the forefront of the movement. Tougher, lighter, healthier, and more sustainable – Materials for Architecture explores the latest products and applications for the built environment. Visit www.materialsforarchitecture.com to find out more and register free to attend Materials for Architecture 2018 at the ILEC Conference Centre, London from 25-26 of April.  

Posted in General News on February 5th, 2018

Free Passivhaus and retrofit talks!

Open days to be held throughout 2018 in West Yorkshire. AECB members and Passivhaus experts Green Building Store are running a series of open days throughout 2018 at its Huddersfield, West Yorkshire base. The Open Days offer a chance to find out more about Passivhaus and low energy construction and retrofit at a series of talks. There will also be a chance to ask questions about your project and look around Green Building Store’s showroom, featuring triple glazed timber windows/ doors as well as MVHR heat recovery ventilation systems. More information: www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk/huddersfield-open-days/

Posted in General News on December 12th, 2017

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