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Bradford university graduate wins video competition

A University of Bradford graduate is going to Japan after winning an international video making competition.

Jessica Waite’s three-minute animation was one of three winners of a joint worldwide student competition to make a video about sustainable development awareness organised by UNESCO and Hong Kong film company Salon Films.

Jessica, now a project assistant with Cycling4All – a project based at the University’s Students’ Union – made the video while still a student and an intern at the project. Encouraged by colleagues, she submitted it for the competition and then forgot about it.

A call came up on my phone that was a Hong Kong area number and when I listened to the voicemail I couldn’t believe it. It was an invitation to come to Japan to receive my prize. I’d completely forgotten about entering but to win is just amazing

– Jessica Waite

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Thousands of new homes could get the go-ahead in Scunthorpe

Controversial plans for up to 3000 new homes on a flood plain near Scunthorpe could get the go ahead today.

Plans for new homes near Scunthorpe

The Lincolnshire Lakes project is on land close to where villages were flooded in last year's tidal surge. The developers insist it will be safe.

Plans to build Lincolnshire wind farm well on the way

A massive wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire is set to be one of the biggest in the world.

The company behind the Triton Knoll scheme has already been given planning permission for just under three hundred massive turbines.

Today it revealed details of how it will bring the power that's generated back to land and where it will build a new electricity sub-station. Kate Hemingway reports.

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Consumers warned of increased energy bills

Consumers are being warned that energy bills will go up because the government rushed into a decision about multi-billion pound renewable energy contracts.

A wind farm off the Yorkshire coast - and a biomass plant at Drax power station - were among those awarded a share of 16 billion pounds of taxpayers' money in December.

But a House of Commons committee says the Department for Energy acted too quickly - and failed to consider whether cheaper green energy projects were available. Michael Billington reports.

Grand opening of £34m 'poo-powered' site

The conclusion of a two-year, £34 million project to create a self-powered sewage works in Bradford was marked with a grand opening today.

The new BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plant Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water’s Esholt site will become the company’s first entirely ‘poo-powered’ site thanks to one of the UK’s only operational BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plants.

The technology creates enough renewable energy to power the 750-acre site by generating biogas from the 30,000 tonnes of sludge that comes through the site each year.

Yorkshire Water Chief Executive Richard Flint and Community Engagement Manager John Bond formally open the new technology with Bradford Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Gibbons. Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water says it will reduce their carbon footprint by 9,000 tonnes a year.

The process also creates a product which can be used as a fertiliser by local farmers.

Part of Cleveland Way collapses into sea after landslip

Coastguards are urging people to keep away from the coast near Whitby after part of the Cleveland Way collapsed into the sea.

Temporary fencing has been put up around the landslip area which is just west of Saltwick Bay, not far from Whitby Abbey.

Humber Coastguard says the exact length of land that has disappeared into the sea has yet to be measured, but that it is "substantial".

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