Grimsby is a prime example of how wind energy can be used to grow an area's economy, according to a report released today.
The Green Alliance says the town has benefited from the growth of offshore wind in the past fifteen years, but its future will be driven by government energy policy.
Work has begun on moving 10,000 tonnes of burning waste from an abandoned village tip in North Yorkshire.Read the full story ›
Over 400 campaigners gathered in Sheffield today for a march across the city centre over tree felling.
The rally took place from Sheffield City Hall to Sheffield Town Hall.
The council say they are cutting down trees so they can improve roads and pavements.
Ben Turner reports:
Campaigners have won their fight to preserve the iconic winding gears at Hatfield Colliery with today's news that Historic England has given Grade Two listing to both towers.
The decision came out of the blue-and just 24 hours before Doncaster Council had intended to demolish one of the towers.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed to the move on advice from Historic England.
The iconic, towering structures have come to symbolise coal mining communities and coal production and several have been preserved in other parts of the country.
But the heritage group did not recommend the power and winding engine houses for listing, saying they do not have enough architectural or historic significance to merit listing in a national context.
Headstocks like those at Hatfield with their distinctive silhouettes are the most recognisable feature of the nationally important coal industry. Once a very common feature in mining areas, these structures are now rare nationally, making this example a special survival and the last remaining in the once important Doncaster coalfield. These structures are also interesting technologically as although built at the same time, they are of contrasting designs and made of lattice steel and reinforced concrete which replaced timber at the end of the 19th Century because they were much stronger materials. Our local team in Yorkshire is in discussion with the Council over proposed works to the site.
The Environment Agency has set aside money to pay for cleaning up a mound of rotting rubbish at a tip in North Yorkshire at risk of causing serious pollution.
People living near the site in Great Heck near Selby said they were being made physically sick by the smell of the 10,000 tonnes of rubbish. The Environment Agency made arrests last month as part of their investigation into the tip. Selby Council will also help to pay for the site to be cleared.
A £1.28 billion flood defence scheme for East Yorkshire has been turned down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Downing Street said the bid, submitted by East Riding Council on behalf of the local authorities and the Association of British Ports, did not present a strong enough case for some areas it wanted to cover.
DEFRA also said it remains committed to flood defence in the region, spending £75 million since 2001, with a further £86 million committed for the next six years.
An orphaned baby seal that was rescued after it became stranded in a field full of cows is being released back into the wild today. The pup, named 'Celebration', was found 16 weeks ago by RSPB staff at Frampton marshes in Lincolnshire and has been nursed back to health at Skegness Natureland.
The Environment Agency says it has made arrests as part of an investigation into a huge mound of rotting rubbish near Selby. Residents in Great Heck say they are being made physically sick by the smell from the tip as work begins to make sure the waste is removed safely. Chris Kiddey reports.
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Drax Power Station have announced that they will be withdrawing as a partner and halting investment in a carbon capture project.
The two year project is being taken forward by the Capture Power partnership – made up of Drax, Alstom and BOC and is looking at the potential to capture up to 90% of carbon emissions from a new coal fired power station and safely store them beneath the North Sea. The project is due to conclude during the next 6-12 months.
Drax has also confirmed that while at that point it would cease to commit further investment, it will continue to make the site owned by Drax, along with the infrastructure at the Power Plant, available for the project to be built.
We remain fully committed to completing what we’ve signed up to – the completion of a study into the feasibility and development of world leading technology that could result in dramatic reductions in carbon emissions produced by power stations and heavy industry.
We are confident the technology we have developed has real potential, but have reluctantly taken a decision not to invest any further in the development of this project. The decision is based purely on a drastically different financial and regulatory environment and we must put the interests of the business and our shareholders first.
We will focus our resources on the areas which we can deliver best value, particularly working with Government to explore the potential for converting a fourth generating unit to run on sustainable biomass.
Drax still believes this project has great potential and we have announced that the site at the Drax Power Plant, along with our existing infrastructure remain available for the project to be built.