Saturday was a big day for the small harbour of Cley-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk. Once a thriving sea-port, in the past Cley saw cargoes of grain, malt, cloth and spices, be both exported to and imported from, Europe. But on Saturday 27th October a crowd of over a hundred stood in the shadow of the historic Cley Windmill to welcome in “Salford", a traditional 30ft wooden boat built in nearby King’s Lynn.
The first commercial vessel to enter the harbour in over 60 years, this beautiful 30ft former Welker carried a consignment of locally produced beer, sailed over from Wells, and delivered into the eager arms of staff from the Mill.
Centuries of siltation and land reclamation left this beautiful North Norfolk port, for a time one of the busiest ports in the UK, almost completely un-navigable. But over four years of tireless fundraising and dredging by the Parish Council and local community has seen the once almost completely clogged channel, opened up, and ready for business.
A warm welcome was also extended to Nicholas Coppack, chairman of North Norfolk District Council, who presented Cley Harbour with the NNDC Environment Award for 2018.
Simon Read, Chairman of Cley Harbour committee said “This significant event saw the culmination of a lot of hard work by the community of Cley, who have spent more than four years working on their Harbour to save it from dereliction. For the first time in 60 years it was possible for a thirty foot commercial, sailing vessel to again reach Cley Harbour. Cley as a port has been up and running again for the last three years after an initial dredge to clear the harbour of mud, since then it has again become a focus for the village with smaller boats coming and going on the high tides. The arrival of Salford timed with the presentation of NNDC’s Environment award for the Harbour has set a bench mark for its continued use. A community project that has involved the whole village and now benefits wildlife too with otters, kingfishers and herons and seals regularly seen".
Henry Chamberlain on the Coastal Exploration Company said “We at the Coastal Exploration Company are committed to deliver goods sustainably along the East Anglian Coast. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this truly historic event, and cannot wait for our next cargo run from Wells to the Bank House in Kings Lynn on the 6th of November.”
South Liverpool rapper MC Nelson has thrown his support behind the Save Calderstones Park campaign with his new music video 'Calderstones'. The song calls for Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson and Redrow PLC to drop plans to build luxury homes in what campaigners claim is a part of the historic park, as well as offering an insight into the rapper's personal relationship with the park.
This video shows the Environment Agency crushing a vehicle linked to waste crime in London and the home counties.
Sweden has increased its burning of refuse derived fuel to obtain energy and heating, with a significant proportion coming from overseas as imports. Two films look at this:
1) Two leading names in secondary fuel recovery and logistics, Geminor and DFDS, showcase the export journey of refuse-derived fuel (RDF). The video follows a single shipment of RDF, from production at the Enva depot in Nottingham, to recovery at Renova’s energy from waste facility in Sweden, exploring the logistics journey and highlighting management processes applied to each shipment.
2) 'To burn or not to burn?' - Journeyman Pictures investigates how in Sweden, waste incineration plants convert excess and non-recycled rubbish into energy. The Swedish government classifies this process as recycling, but the filmmakers ask if this this form of waste disposal really sustainable?
RWM, the UK's Largest Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition, is now a week away on the 12th and 13th of September at the NEC Birmingham.
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See a short video of what they have in store for this year.
A new series of practical videos to help farmers understand and improve soil health has been launched. These showcase easy-to-set-up soil demonstrations, some of which can be carried out by farmers and land managers in their own kitchens.
The Hydrogen Council say their vision for taking hydrogen to the next level is shown in their study Hydrogen, Scaling up which outlines a comprehensive and quantified roadmap to scale deployment and boost its impact on the energy transition.
Developed with support from McKinsey, the Hydrogen Council claim this 'ambitious yet realistic approach' would deliver deep decarbonisation of transport, industry, and buildings, and enable a renewable energy production and distribution system. But to realise this vision, investors, industry, and government will need to ramp up and coordinate their efforts.
Liverpool City Council has signed a partnership with the Poseidon Foundation, where it will use Poseidon's blockchain-powered platform to rebalance more than 110% of its carbon emissions.
The council will also work to be the first climate positive local authority by the end of 2018. Poseidon has a role in Liverpool's new climate policy, working with local business, schools and universities to help Liverpool City Council achieve its commitment to cut its overall carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
Poseidon uses blockchain technology to integrates carbon markets into transactions at the point-of-sale, giving consumers the chance to rebalance the climate impact of their shopping lifestyle choices by supporting forestry conservation projects around the world when they buy everyday items.
The Environment Agency and Reaseheath College have produced a video aimed at farmers helping them to prevent pollution of watercourses in relation to their management of silage.
Environment Officer Andy Jobson, whose patch includes Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, stars in the video, and shares his advice on how farmers should manage their silage clamps and timings of cropping to avoid pollution, and comply with the law.