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Thursday 29 June 2017
29 June 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Climate Change

Seas to rise 2.3 metres for each 1°C

Sea levels could rise by 2.3 metres for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study by a leading climate research institute.

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Melting Polar Ice Cap

Research

Exposure to banned pesticide causes change in honey bee genes

New research funded by the Cooperative Group shows that exposure to neonicotinoid insecticide causes changes in honey bee genes.

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The honey bee

Research

Photos on social media used to measure aesthetic value of Cornish landscape

A new method designed to measure the aesthetic value of ecosystems has been applied in Cornwall. According to the research findings, Cornwall's beautiful rugged coastline has been measured to have the highest aesthetic value.

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Port Isaac

Renewable Energy

£15m fund launched to help rural communities build renewable energy projects

Rural communities across the South West that want to generate their own clean green power are to be supported with the launch of a £15 million nationwide Government fund.

Renewable Energy

UK likely to fail to meet EU renewables target

The UK is not on track to meet its 2020 European renewables targets, according to the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

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UK lagging behind Europe

Renewable Energy

South West renewable energy capacity hits 1 Gigawatt

Renewable energy capacity in South West England has grown by almost 50% in the last year. The region now generates 7.3% of its electricity from renewable sources - more than 1 GW annually - but this growth is not enough to meet the Government's target of 15% by 2020.

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Installing solar panels on the Met Office roof. Photograph: Sungift Solar

Renewable Energy

Survey reveals farmers’ demand for renewables

More than three quarters of farmers don't feel the potential for on-farm renewable energy is being met, according to new figures.

Business

£10bn investment guarantee for Hinkley nuclear plant

The plan to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point moved forward today when the Government offered £10bn of guarantees to investors.

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The Hinkley C project