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Brother and sister Daniel and Lara Krohn's unique method of reusing raindrops to keep windscreens clean has won first prize in a local science competition and has now been developed for a full-sized Ford test car.

A young couple that have gone back to their Yorkshire roots, to establish England's smallest and first self-built whisky and gin distillery, are caring for the local environment too by partnering with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to plant more than 400 new trees in the region over the next 12 months.

cooper king distillery copyEstablished by co-founders Chris Jaume, a chartered architect and Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, Cooper King Distillery has made a pledge to plant one square metre of native woodland for every bottle of gin sold, to reduce its carbon footprint.

The distillery is based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire and the trees will be planted in the local area.

The business, which recently began distilling its signature gin, Cooper King York Dry Gin, will partner with the charity to plant 4000-5000 square metres of native woodland within the first year.

Cooper King York Dry Gin is set to be retail ready in May this year, when the distillery opens its doors to the public for the very first time.

The company holds a strong focus on having a positive impact on the environment, having recently partnered with green energy specialists, Ecotricity, Cooper King is one of only three of distilleries in England to be run on 100% green energy.

Whilst visiting Australia, Chris and Abbie became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in that part of the world. With a mission to bring their discoveries back to England, Chris and Abbie set up their independent craft whisky and gin distillery back home in Yorkshire.

The video below outlines their story and their Yorkshire links of family, produce and craft:

Another instructional video from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, this time showing you how to create or restore a wildflower meadow or garden by sowing and growing from seed.

This video has been produced for the Wildflowers in the Meadows project which is funded by the Lancashire Environmental Fund and delivered by charity the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

sea shepherdPoachers are targeting the critically endangered totoaba fish to sell its swim bladder on the black market in China and Hong Kong for unproven medicinal properties. One swim bladder can collect more than $20,000. For that reason, the fish is commonly referred to as "aquatic cocaine."

Poachers may set these gillnets to catch one species, but the nets don't discriminate, catching all that swims in these waters including the most endangered marine mammal in the world - the vaquita porpoise.

Despite gunshots being fired at its drone again, conservation group Sea Shepherd, together with the Mexican Navy, drove poachers off the protected vaquita refuge and saved the life of an endangered totoaba fish from their illegal nets.
 
This was the second shoot out, and the first in daylight, directed at Sea Shepherd in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico, in less than one week.

Andy Eaves, Fisheries Officer at the Environment Agency, gives a step-by-step guide on how to make your own Fish Refuge. It's easy to do and will save you money compared to buying them ready-made. All of the materials are available from your local farm supply store.

dell  actress gold recycling e-wasteComputer giant Dell is launching an industry first pilot to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards – which it will ship in a convertible laptop in the spring.

The types of waste electronics Dell will harvest from includes end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, solar panels, mobile phones, and computers. In 2016 the world generated e-waste equal in weight to almost 4,500 Eiffel Towers, or 1.23m fully loaded 18-wheel 40-ton trucks - enough to form a line 28,160 km long, the distance from New York to Bangkok and back.

Dell is also launching a collaboration with actress Nikki Reed – best known for her role as Rosalie in Twilight –on a limited edition jewellery collection, The Circular Collection by Bayou with Love, which is sourced from gold recovered from Dell's recycling programmes.

According to a Trucost study, the gold reclamation process created by Dell environmental partner Wistron GreenTech has a 99% lower environmental impact than traditionally mined gold. Since 2012, Dell has recycled more than 50 million pounds of post-consumer recycled materials into new products. Dell's Legacy of Good Program pledges to recycle 100 million pounds of recycled content into its product portfolio by 2020

old bike energy chargerimageResearchers at Nottingham Trent University used old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker to create a wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone.

BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering systems (both pictured above), made it to help people in developing countries with poor access to electricity.

Designed for near-shore use, it can generate 5.6 watts from a regular supply of 20 centimetre high waves, making it capable to power a regular mobile charger.

Owen, 23, originally from Dore in Sheffield, Yorkshire, said: "Many developing countries have a limited electrical network, particularly those like the Philippines which are spread over a number of islands.

"But a small-scale product like this, partly made from reused goods which are widely available, could help provide power to coastal areas."

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/architecture-design-built-environment/amin-al-habaibeh

A new study reveals increasing temperatures are turning marine Green Turtle populations almost completely female - 99% - in the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Roads like the East-West Highway, a remote highway in the north of Peninsular Malaysia, can pose huge challenges for landscape connectivity and the movement of wildlife. Research on how this road affects elephant movements has led to calls from a team of wildlife conservationists at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and other partner institutions to avoid any further expansion of this road. They also want to see a reduction in and the enforcement of speed limits as well as considering a limit on traffic volumes at night.

A University of Leicester student has participated in a new video that promotes his environmental research – and highlights opportunities for fellow researchers. Stylianos (Stelios) Spathariotis, a Mining and Metallurgical Engineer coming from Greece is currently working for his PhD in Electrochemistry in the Chemistry Department of the University of Leicester.

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