The Number One Environmental Challenge Is…?

On 13th October five experts debated what the number one environmental challenge of
the next 40 years is at an Earth Watch event entitled Mission Critical in London. Each will
present a case for a different issue –from food security to a zero carbon future. According
to the organizers the event will ‘give our audience an opportunity to consider some of
these serious issues, and some possible solutions in an entertaining and thought-
provoking format.”

Unsurprisingly the event is fully booked, but you can read the thoughts of some of the
speakers here:

£60 Million Social Housing Solar Scheme

Wrexham Council has announced a multi-million pound scheme to fit almost a third (3,000)
of its social houses with solar photovoltaic panels which will generate electricity. The
panels will save residents up to £200 a year on their energy bills. The panels will be
retrofitted on existing housing stock before tne end of March 2012 and will save up to 3000
tonnes of CO2 per year.

The panels will be supplied by a global company which has a panel factory in Wrexham.
They have launched a ‘Renewable Energy Academy’ to train 25 to 50 people a month,
giving electricians, roofers, building contractors and heating engineers the chance to
change career and move into the renewable energy sector.

Improving the Efficiency of Victorian and Georgian Homes

The Centre for Sustainable Energy have produced a free guide to improving the energy
efficiency of Victorian and Georgian homes in the city of Bath, which may also be useful to
those living in similar homes in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

he publication has been written in conjunction with Bath Preservation Trusts and aims to
show how such homes in a city which is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site can
be made more efficient without compromising their traditional character.

Common Concerns about Wind Turbines Publication

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a free publication addressing common concerns people have about wind power. It uses evidence-based analysis and draws on peer-reviewed academic research and publicly funded studies to ensure that it offers reliable information on issues such as noise, shadow flicker, impact on property prices and bird-strike.

Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies

UKCIP, an organisation which aims to help us all adapt to the consequences of climate
change, has produced a number of case studies of adaptation projects, including some in
based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.