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popefrancisThe most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind and Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?  But leading figures in the US on the American right are launching a series of pre-emptive attacks on the Pope before this week’s encyclical, hoping to prevent a mass conversion of the climate change deniers who have powered the corps of the conservative movement for more than a decade with the likes of James Inhofe, the “granddaddy of climate change deniers in the US” and chairman of the Senate environment and public works committee telling the Pope to stick to his job as a religious leader and Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic and a long-shot contender for the Republican nomination, saying “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re good at, which is theology and morality.” More on the Guardian website here and here .

FrackOffFracking should be allowed at one of two sites on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, a report has recommended. Lancashire County Council’s most senior planning officer was responding to an application by energy firm Cuadrilla to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood. The application for Little Plumpton has been recommended for approval. Roseacre Wood has been recommended for refusal. The final decisions will be taken by councillors next week. Planning officers had previously said the site at Preston New Road should be turned down because of concerns over the impact of noise. But now they have recommended its approval if a number of conditions are met, including controlling time limits, hours of working and highway matters. Fears remain about water table pollution, environmental damage and the risk of earthquakes. You can see the work of the recently (peacefully) arrested Paul Mobbs on the links between the UK Government and the UK fracking industry here http://www.fraw.org.uk/mei/archive/fracktured_accountability/frackogram_2015-A3.pdf . Paul was arrested under the Terrorism Act (Highways section) for blocking the entrance to Downing Street in his attempt to make a citizens arrest of four key members in the government. He has acted in this way as he believes that members in government are guilty of Misconduct In Public Office in reference to fracking. The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has dismissed claims that it intends to “fast-track fracking without public consent”.The Government has come under fire due to an open consultation being held by the Environment Agency, which could remove some of the red-tape around testing for oil and gas reserves at potential fracking sites. Currently, the Environment Agency is required to visit each potential fracking site, and carry out an environmental audit before activities can start. The proposed changes would instead create a one-size-fits-all set of regulations for companys looking to test oil and gas wells.However, the move has been described by green campaigners as “reckless” and “irresponsible”.

An international coalition of clean energy groups have launched a new campaign asking for the nuclear power industry to be barred from the UN climate talks in Paris. The Don’t Nuke The Climate campaign is being led by the Netherland’s World Information Service on Energy (WISE), and supported by green groups from Germany, Russia, France, Austria and the US. WISE director Peer de Rijk explained: “We are calling on 1,000 civil society organisations to join us for a campaign to block the nuclear industry’s lobby activities at COP21 and instead ensure the world chooses clean energy. It is the only real climate solution.”

A £200m tidal energy project in Lancashire is going ahead after the developers obtained rights to use the land. Natural Energy Wyre Limited will now take their project forward to the funding and planning application stage, after obtaining the rights from the Duchy of Lancaster. The project, dubbed the Wyre Tidal Barrage, is said to be UK’s first tidal energy power station, boasting an installed capacity of 90MW/hr. Essentially, a dam will be built across the 600m mouth of the Wyre estuary, and six turbines will capture the energy of the river as the tide moves in and out. The predictable nature of the tides reportedly offers a consistent reliable source of energy. The project has a lifespan of over 120 years, and will provide electricity for up to 50,000 homes in the UK.

legoThe world’s largest toymaker is to build a new Sustainable Materials Centre in its search for more environmentally-friendly materials to be used in its products and packaging. Lego will invest a billion Danish Krone (around £100m) into the research and development of new raw materials for its trademark Lego blocks.

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015. The figures, published by the Department of Transport, represent a 366% year-on-year surge. The department said the increase was driven by more vehicles being eligible for grants, which subsidise up to 35% of the cost of a plug-in car and 20% of the cost of a plug-in van. The mo
dels accounting for the most registrations in the latest quarter were the Mitsubishi Outlander with 4,596 and the Nissan Leaf with 1,705. Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “I am delighted to see such a huge rise in the number of people buying ultra low emission vehicles.

ben ainslieFour time Olympic gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie has called on the UK’s sporting organisations to raise the profile of sustainability, as the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team’s new energy efficient headquarters in Portsmouth reaches its final stages of construction. BAR team principal Ainslie called for sports teams to use their position in society to draw attention to environmental issues and help inform the public about the importance of sustainability. “As societal role models, sports teams are in a privileged position,” Ainslie said. “They have the power to drive positive change through setting an example and drawing attention to the issues that matter, such as sustainability.” “As a team we are striving to become a truly sustainable business, however our ambitions extend far beyond this. We want to lead the way be educating and inspiring younger generations to drive sustainability forward.”

The-InterceptorThe BBC’s new primetime police drama The Interceptor has achieved top ratings for sustainability standards in TV production thanks to a raft of green initiatives. The cast and crew of the eight-part BBC One series worked to reduce carbon emissions and waste materials across the set, with The Interceptor receiving a maximum three-star rating from industry sustainability certification scheme Albert+. During production, actors and crew used electric vehicles behind the scenes to save eight tonnes of CO2 emissions – enough to drive 50,000 miles. The sustainability measures also enabled reduced production costs and using the environmentally-friendly vehicles saved the BBC an estimated £10,000 in fuel and London’s congestion charge. During the filming, the construction team ensured materials for props, paints and timber were sustainably sourced and used low-level lighting in the studio. Other measures included sourcing sustainable food and reducing the team’s carbon footprint by using reusable bottles rather than plastic ones. The crew also ensured scripts were not printed to cut paper costs and reported that 92% of waste was recycled. The Albert+ certification programme is run by Bafta and aims to help production teams reduce their impact on the environment using a three star rating system. More on Edie.net here.

Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020
The UK, France and Netherlands are set to miss a key EU renewable energy target and should review their policies to get back on track, the European Commission has said. A progress report for all 28 member states said that those three countries plus Malta and Luxembourg should “assess whether their policies and tools are sufficient and effective” to meet the target. Adopted in 2009, the binding target requires the EU to source 20% of energy from renewables such as wind, solar and biomass by 2020. An EU source said: “There are still five years to go [to meet the target], there is still time. We are not saying they [those countries lagging now] are going to fail. We are saying look into your policies and adjust them.” The UK Government recently announced that it was withdrawing subsidies for onshore wind farms a year early – making the UK even less likely to hit 2020 renewable energy targets with an estimated 1,000 new windfarms now at risk. Speaking to business leaders in London, Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd said it was time to shift subsidies from onshore wind to other technologies that needed them more. But she did not say what those technologies would be, and the government has not announced compensatory subsidies for other forms of energy.

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LOOM“Loom bands; possibly the worst ever toy when it comes to the environment?! Over the past month or so I’ve seen half a dozen broken bracelets on the ground. Pretty sure they’re not a suitable food for animals. Pretty sure they aren’t suitable fashion accessories for animals legs or wings. Pretty sure they’re going to fuck up the ocean. I have absolutely no doubt that this fad is going to be horrific for Mother Earth. I’d definitely ban them if I was in power! Or have I overlooked that they may be degradable? Which won’t be the case cos who’s going to want a bracelet that melts on your wrist?!” (Rachel Bobeckyj, August, 2014).  The Independent reported that 92 store strong toy retailer The Entertainer has been forced to remove loom band charms from its stores, after it was revealed they contained suspected carcinogenic chemicals and has launched a full investigation after tests conducted by the BBC Midlands Today programme showed one charm contained 40 per cent of phthalates – EU law states 0.1 per cent in weight is the legal limit.

A new survey has revealed a ‘huge gap’ between reality and the perception of the UK public on some key climate and energy issues. The survey, commissioned by new not-for-profit organisation the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), shows a perceived lack of consensus among climate scientists, despite scientists being one of the most trusted groups in society. Edie.net reports that nearly half (47%) of the UK population think that most climate scientists reject the idea that human activities such as fossil fuel burning are the main driver of climate change, or that scientists are evenly split on the issue.  However, several recent studies show that more than 90% of climate scientists agree that the main cause of climate change is human activity.

Specially designed electric buses will be able to wirelessly charge their batteries while they wait at bus stands under new trials announced by Transport for London (TfL). The new inductive charging technology will be trialled on up to four extended range diesel electric hybrid buses in east London from next year.

The Dragon’s and crew from the BBC’s hit series Dragon’s Den have gone green for the new seriest through a new car sharing scheme. Multi-millionaire investors Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney, Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen and Peter Jones have ditched their cars while travelling to and from the show, opting to share with fellow Dragons or take public transport. The combined efforts of the cast and crew fuelled a cut in the BB2 programme’s travel footprint, saving over 1,000kg of CO2 emissions while the 12th series was in production.

power station3New coal power stations designed to burn Europe’s massive deposits of lignite pose a serious threat to the continent’s decarbonisation efforts, according to analysts from Greenpeace’s Energydesk who compiled data from the German government that shows burning Europe’s reserves of lignite would wipe out the EU’s entire carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century. And Britain’s manufacturing industry is calling for a significant reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), urging the European Council to do more to keep crucial investment in energy intensive industries (EIIs) within Europe.

Two key players in the UK’s waste and renewable energy sectors have agreed a deal to transform large landfill sites into solar power farms, generating energy for the National Grid.

Plastic bag use in Northern Ireland has fallen by almost 72% since a 5p levy was introduced last year, the Department of the Environment has said. Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the figure equated to a reduction of about 215 million bags. It was the first set of official figures since charging for single-use carrier bags began in April 2013.

A fresh round of badger culls is being planned after the High Court threw out an attempt by the anti-cull Badger Trust to insist on further independent monitoring of the operation. There were suggestions after the first cull that the monitors had added to the logistical and administrative difficulties. Culling has been cattle and dairy farmers’ preferred solution since bovine TB took hold the Nineties but polls show 70 per cent of the public opposed culling, and the first stage was conducted “with something less than utter ruthlessness.” Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers’ Union president, says beating TB is now a “survival” issue for cattle farmers. “The disease continues to devastate family farming businesses, across large parts of the country, and it is essential that we do everything possible to eradicate it”.

National recycling and waste management firm SITA UK has partnered with Somerset-based British Solar Renewables to make best use of capped landfill sites that are no longer accepting waste material  – by building solar farms on the landfill sites.

The advantages of running a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme are becoming more tangible for businesses, with cost management emerging as the number one driver for firms looking to adopt more sustainable businesses practices. A new survey of more than 2,500 business leaders by Grant Thornton discovered that more than half (57%) of respondents now view integrated sustainability reporting is ‘best practice’ within their organisation. Edie.net reports that when asked about the key factors that provoke the move towards becoming more environmentally and socially sustainable, 67% of organisations said cost management was the most important driver, followed by customer demand (64%) and simply ‘because it’s the right thing to do’ (62%).

Amazon burningThe authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest. The gang is accused of invading, burning and selling large areas of public land.

Coca-Cola has been labelled a ‘shameless and unethical company’ after being forced to abandon a new $25m bottling plant in northern India because it was extracting too much groundwater. The Mehdigani plant in Varanasi had already been fully built but could not operate commercially as it did not have the required permits from the Central Ground Water Authority – who refused a five-fold increase in water asked for by Coca-Cola in an area where groundwater conditions had gone from safe to critica in the 10 years from 1999 to 2009. More here.

The world’s largest tidal stream array, which is set to be built in North Scotland, has agreed terms for a funding package to kick start the construction of the 398MW project. Tidal power firm Atlantis Resources has successfully raised £50m to support Phase 1A of its MeyGen project in Pentland Firth, which will provide power for more than 175,000 homes across the country when complete.

Why do we love whales – this is why. When a young humpback whale becomes entangled in a fisherman’s net with his tail and fins trapped – he  could not swim and was doomed to die. When Michael Fishbach and his friends found him, they needed all their courage to free the whale – and did – in a moving story:  http://www.pawbonito.com/whalerescue/

pcm-id-1b-400-x-400The next United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in New York on the 23rd 2014 before a final meeting in Paris in December 2015 when all we can hope is that a new meaningful global climate agreement is signed. And signed by everyone including China and the US . And adhered to! A global day of action is being planned for the 21st September – “On September 21st, 2014, we will join the People’s Climate March, and help make it the largest mobilisation the world has ever seen on climate change. We will march to ensure that you heed our demand for urgent action to safeguard our planet, our future and all that we love.” In London you can join the Quakers on the People’s Climate March. Meeting at 12 noon for the Peoples Interfaith Space and marching at 1pm (13.00) from Embankment, at Temple Embankment Gardens (Just by Temple Station). There will be a rally, films, speakers, music and more! In New York the March takes place at 11:30 am, Sunday, September 21st. Assembly location: the area north of Columbus Circle. The End Location is 11th Avenue in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street.

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mall-of-the-world-dubai-indoor-theme-park-DesignBoom tells us that Dubai is about to build the world’s most biggest shopping mall ever –  connecting to 100 hotels and apartment buildings, with 7 kilometers (4.34 miles) of temperature controlled retail-lined streets, modelled after Barcelona’s La Rambla, complete with a streetcar system running down the middle, with a little Oxford Street and Broadway thrown in and a big dose of synthetic Main Street USA. There is also a 3 million square foot “wellness zone” devoted to the latest hot international trend- medical tourism.  Environmental madness – probably yes – although developers say this “The project will follow the green and environmentally friendly guidelines of the Smart Dubai model. It will be built using state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, ensuring high levels of environmental sustainability and operational efficiency”. We remain unconvinced with Dubai planning  to fly 180 million tourists every year into an air conditioned city-sized pleasure palace.

Tesla is facing a renewed trade mark challenge over its name in China. When Tesla first made plans to sell electric cars in China, it came up against a businessman called Zhan Baosheng who had trademarked the Tesla name for automotive uses back in 2006, three years after Tesla formed in the U.S. The trademark was granted in 2009, for a period of ten years. Baosheng also set up a website, and trademarked the Tesla logo – hoping to profit from Tesla’s inevitable decision to sell in the country. Green Car Reports say that for a time, Tesla considered using the phonetic name Te Su Le to sell its cars. Baosheng eventually lost his trademark battle when the Chinese regulator sided with Tesla’s claims and ruled that his trademarks were invalid. Now it seems that Baosheng is appealing that decision, and has filed a lawsuit requesting that Tesla cease operations in the country, shut its showrooms, service centres and charging facilities, and pay him $3.9 million in compensation.

captura-de-pantalla-2014-07-11-a-las-18-19-24For those who speak Spanish: El verano es sinónimo de festivales. Entre los muchos que existen, hoy queremos fijarnos en aquellos que además de entretener, hacen un gran esfuerzo por ser sostenibles. Este post está dirigido tanto a promotores y organizadores, que queréis que vuestro festival sea sostenible; como a vosotros, asistentes-adictos a festivales, que queréis saber qué se puede hacer para disfrutar de la música a la vez que se cuida el Medio Ambiente OR in translatiom (by Google) “Summer is synonymous Among the many festivals in the world, today we look at those as well as entertain, make a great effort to be sustainable, this post is aimed at both developers and organizers, who want to keep their festival is sustainable….. as to you, attending festivals-addicts who want to know what you can do to enjoy music while Environment cares.” More here http://elherviderodeideas.com/2014/07/14/como-hacer-tu-festival-mas-sostenible/

Australia – ahhhhh Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbot has had his way and the country’s two year old carbon tax has been dumped. The PM says that the country has rid itself of ‘a useless destructive tax’ and will use an alternative direct action scheme using grants to promote carbon cutting.

In the UK we have a new Secretary of State for the Environment after Owen Paterson was sacked by the prime Minister – with Paterson blaming a lavishly funded set of ‘mutually supportive’ environmental pressure groups and renewable energy companies – and some public officials – for his demise in a lengthy article in the Telegraph that attacks the ‘green blob’.  Elizabeth Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 15 July 2014. Mind you, whilst this ‘green blob’ may have lobbied Paterson on fracking, renewable energy, bee killing pesticides and GM crops, he was pretty good at ignoring scientific consensus and listening to their opponents – pesticide manufacturer Syngenta, frackers Cuadrilla, the so called Agricultural Biotechnology Council (a GM lobby group) and the Shell and BP supported British Institute of Energy Economics – and the Guardian (22.07.14) tells us that he is also about to do a lecture for climate change deniers GWPF. Oh and Mr Paterson – we get NO money from government, other NGOs or green energy companies – we get no subsidies, grants or ‘lavish funds’ from any one, we are all volunteers – we just care about the planet and our long term sustainable future and the current lack of common sense in energy and environmental policy making. And the chancellor, George Osborne’s hopes of weakening the UK’s carbon budget for the next decade were quashed on Tuesday when Lib Dem energy secretary, Ed Davey, said the target would not be changed. The legally-binding target – of a 50% across 2023-2027 against 1990 levels, the most ambitious in the developed world – was agreed three years ago after a huge political battle between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, with David Cameron having to intervene in the target’s favour.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is in the worst state it has been since records began and will be ‘pretty ugly’ in decades to come say Australian scientists, blaming coastal developments including the massive port dredging project at Abbot Point.

Black_Rhinos_KenyaOngoing poaching in the Kruger national park in South Africa has prompted a plan from authorities  to move some of the rhino population away fro the area to ‘spread the risk’ although commentators say no habitat will be completely safe for the endangered species because of poaching.

The UK and Germany lead a list of the EU’s most polluting coal-fired power stations compiled by environmental campaigners, who say coal emissions are undermining efforts to combat climate change. Both countries have nine of the so-called “dirty 30” and the campaigners say coal burning is increasing due to the relatively low price of the fuel compared to gas. “Germany and the UK are the self-declared climate champions of the EU,” says the new report. “However, Germany uses more coal to generate electricity than any other EU country, while the UK comes third in absolute coal consumption for power after Poland.” The report argues current EU policy on climate, energy and air pollution in the power sector is not strong enough to achieve the switch from coal to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Poland’s Belchatow plant came top of the list, with annual CO2 emissions of 37m tonnes in 2013. The UK’s largest coal plant, Drax, was sixth, with four German plants occupying second to fifth place. More on the Guardian website here

The south-west may be home to some of the cleanest beaches in the UK, but the first survey of its kind in over 40 years by the University of Exeter  shows that it is also a thriving area for the country’s jellyfish. More jellyfish were spotted per kilometre along the south-west coast than anywhere else in Britain’s waters, with the south-east home to the fewest, according to an analysis of nine years of data collected by the public.

Any businesses that isn’t incorporating climate change adaption or water scarcity issues into its business strategy is taking a ‘very great risk’ in terms of its sustainability and resilience going forward. Those are the words of Paul Kelly, the vice president for corporate affairs at Asda, who stressed that the impact of climate change and extreme weather must be viewed by businesses as a financial and economic risk. “Climate change is a very real challenge and I think that any business that doesn’t have climate change adaptation written largely within its business strategy is really taking a very great risk in terms of its sustainability and resilience going forward,” said Kelly.

Scottish food waste has been transformed into compost and used in the development of Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow, according to Zero Waste Scotland. The food waste was collected with garden waste from households in Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire. The recycled waste has also been used in the development of Glasgow 2014’s Athletes Village.  According to Zero Waste Scotland, some of the 50,000 tonnes of food and garden waste that is sent to GP Plantscape’s in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Blantyre every year has been used to help develop the facilities.

The BBC has cut thousands of tonnes of CO2 and reduced its energy consumption by 20%, according to the broadcaster’s Corporate Responsibility (CR). The closure of Television Centre in west London and the relocation of staff to MediaCityUK in Salford and New Broadcasting House in central London have helped the BBC reduce office-related CO2 emissions by more than 21,000 tonnes in 2013/14.  The BBC has seen a 20% energy consumption reduction, meeting its 2015/16 target early, and an absolute reduction in CO2 emissions of 19% compared with the 2007 baseline. Consumption per staff member fell by 11% due to concentrating staff into fewer buildings.

A UK couple trying to live a sustainable lifestyle have been allowed to keep their ‘eco-home’ in Devon – built out of reclaimed materials but with  no planning permission. neighbours were initially supportive of  Jules Smith and Matthew Lepley’s project but the complained after plans emerged for workshops on green engineering at the two story home made of materials including pallets and lorry tyres. New planning laws allowed a inspector to allow the home – which has no mains electricity, draws water from a borehole and has a compost toilet. The couple have three years to  prove their home and small holding sustainable. However a number of commentators have noted that the home was built without planning and sets a worrying precedent for future projects in the countryside.

Edie.net reports that universities and colleges across the UK have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to encourage sustainable innovation among future generations. The partnership will bring together members of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) network as part of a three-year agreement.  The network will work on improving environmental education, training and networking to increase sharing of ideas and an understanding of what sustainability means across the globe.

The Government is to cut the amount of cash available under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund by £2,000 per household after 12,200 applications with a value of more than £50m were received in the first six weeks of the scheme. More than £43m worth of vouchers for the fund have been issued with 7,925 households in England and Wales so far receiving vouchers under the scheme. The Home Improvement Fund has been seen as a boon for small businesses and contractors in the energy efficiency sector

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has unveiled details of a new £20m fund to incentivise businesses, industry and other organisations to improve energy efficiency. Announced at the CBI’s Energy Conference, the Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) auction will allow firms to compete for cash to fund projects that reduce electricity demand.  The positive impact that environmental policy can have on the green growth of a sector has been seen in the UK car industry, with increased investment contributing to a significant reduction in tailpipe emissions over the past 10 years. A new report from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) found that more than £17bn had been invested in low-carbon vehicles between 2003 and 2013, which had revitalised the UK automotive industry. It also reported an average reduction in tailpipe emissions of 25% and a steady uptake in low-carbon buses, with 1,500 in operation in 2013

The Norwegian Parliament has granted funding for an innovative, closed-loop business model which makes use of captured CO2 to produce the Omega-3 necessary to feed local fish farms. CO2BIO has been given $1bn to build a pilot plant which will use carbon captured at Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to produce marine algea using photosynthesis.  “Undertaking advanced marine microalgae production on the doorstep of the world’s largest single market for feed is important for long-term growth of the Norwegian aquaculture industry and for enhanced sustainability of marine raw materials,” said CO”BIO’s managing director Svein M Nordvik.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a set of restrictions that will in effect prevent the development of a controversial copper and gold mine in Alaska which many said would have been disastrous for the state’s largest salmon fishery. Pebble Mine, located in south-west Alaska near Bristol Bay, would have been one of the largest opencast mines in the world — more than a mile deep, the depth of the Grand Canyon. And the total impact of the mine – from the project itself to the huge waste ponds and piles it would have required – could take up an area the size of Manhattan, according to the EPA. That, the EPA’s regional administrator, Dennis McLerran, said on Friday, was unacceptable for the environment, for those who rely on the salmon in Bristol Bay for work, and for the Native community who have argued that the area is integral to their way of life.

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BBC announce first ‘truly digital’ Glastonbury coverage

The BBC has announced2011_03042011GLASTONBURYben0044 plans for its broadest and best Glastonbury coverage to date, giving music fans better than ever access to their favourite acts, live and on-demand, at home and on the go. More than 120 live performances will be broadcast exclusively by the BBC over the three days of Glastonbury 2013 on TV, radio, red button and online – well exceeding the number featured two years ago. The BBC will bring together the unrivalled musical expertise of some of its biggest names to guide viewers and listeners every step of the way. Glastonbury first-timer Chris Evans and festival veteran Steve Lamacq will be joined by Nick Grimshaw, Gemma Cairney, Lauren Laverne, Dermot O’Leary, Mark Radcliffe, Jo Whiley, Craig Charles and others to form a team which will work together across TV, radio, red button and online.

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For the first time, the BBC will be live-streaming six key music stages – the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, West Holts, The Park, John Peel  including the BBC Introducing stage, reflecting over 120 acts being filmed  ranging from the newest talents to the biggest headliners, and amounting to more than 250 hours of live coverage and streaming.

The BBC’s coverage will be available on multiple platforms across TV, radio, and online, on four screens: PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV (including smart TVs and games consoles), as well as BBC Red Button. Music fans will be able to watch and listen to a huge range of performances live, wherever they are, and relive their favourite festival moments or ones they’ve missed on BBC iPlayer.

Bob Shennan, BBC Controller of Popular Music, said: “Glastonbury is one of the greatest pop music events in the world and we want to make this year’s coverage the next best thing for everyone who can’t make it in person to Worthy Farm. We aim to broadcast more of the festival than ever before, and reinvent music coverage as only the BBC can for music fans at home and on the move.”

Mark Friend, BBC Controller, Multiplatform across Radio and Music, said: “Just as we did with sport at the Olympics, our ambition this year is to bring our audiences even closer to the music they love at Glastonbury, with access to all the BBC’s coverage – live and on-demand – at home, at work and on the go. Not only will this be the first truly digital Glastonbury, this will also be the first mobile Glastonbury – we expect mobile and tablet viewing and listening to reach unprecedented levels, particularly over the weekend.” The BBC will stream to four screens – PC, mobile, tablet and connected TV. A wealth of content will be available at bbc.co.uk/Glastonbury, as well as more info about the line-up, acts, stages, photo galleries and interviews. BBC iPlayer Radio will be the place for all music on the go with a dedicated tab in the mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

On BBC iPlayer, all the action from BBC One, Two, Three and Four will be available live or as catch-up for 7 days after broadcast. In addition, you’ll be able to catch up on all the full sets from the main stages. On TV, three additional red button streams will offer more content and highlights from the festival, and the BBC’s Connected Red Button service available on Virgin Media’s TiVo service will bring viewers all the live streams and on-demand video seamlessly on their TV.

Festival founder and organiser, Michael Eavis, said: “The BBC have stuck with us through thick and thin since 1997 and they’ve earned their stripes the hard way. It’s been quite a journey since 97 and to have a complete record of what we’ve been up to over the years is music history gold dust.”

Coverage will kick off on Friday 28 June and continue until after the final headliners on Sunday 30 June. Across the weekend it will feature on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music. Acts playing at the Festival include the Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, The xx, Chase & Status, Dizzee Rascal, Portishead, Jake Bugg, Public Enemy, Chic with Nile Rogers, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Castles, Bobby Womack, Foals and the legendary Rolling Stones.

BBC Countryfile at the Big Chill

If you missed it, you can check out a really good report on greener festivals from the BBC as part of the Countryfile programme, which was first shown on Sunday 23rd August and is now up on the BBC iPlayer. It features contributions from our very own Claire O’Neill, Big Chill production manager Claudia Langmead, from land owner James Hervey-Bathurst and from Melvin Benn, boss of Festival Republic and organiser of the Big Chill and explores the impact of audience travel on greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and the waste left behind a festivals by the fans and returning the land back to the beautiful coutryside it usually is. The second part on the hard work which is the ‘clear up’ and the positive ecomomic impact of the Big Chill is at about 31.20 minutes in.

The iPlayer link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tl5fv/Countryfile_22_08_2010/  and John Craven’s report starts at about 09.40 minutes in

Is Oya leading the green parade?

This from the BBC: “From mountains of litter, to diesel-guzzling electric generators and fields transformed into temporary car parks.  many music festivals promote an environmentally friendly ethos but their carbon footprints often tell another story. This weekend, Norway’s award-winning Øya festival is showing how things can be done differently”. Have a look at the BBC’s report – and with hydro electric power driving the stages and site wide recycling including the sewage Oya is certainly doing its best to get cleaner and greener!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10964307

http://oyafestivalen.com/pages/eng/1-news

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