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  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers publish Geo-engineering Report. Practical initiatives examined include artificial trees and energy from algae. August 27 [1] Artificial or Mechanical Trees: "This is the Institution’s preferred concept of geo-engineering and works in a similar way to natural trees absorbing CO2 but will be several thousand times more effective. The report states a tree, manufactured at a cost of $20,000 dollars or circa £15,000 per unit could remove as much as 10 tonnes of CO2 a day. Indeed, if just 100,000 were created this would be sufficient to capture the whole of the UK’s current emissions from non-stationery and dispersed emissions (ie transport pollution). The ‘mechanical forests’ could be planted in areas such as our own M25 or even the North Sea!"
  • Network Rail propose high-speed rail to link Glasgow and Edinburgh with London, and to also serve Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, by 2030, August 26 [2] The proposed new High Speed 2 line will still need to be approved by the government, which is conducting its own rail network review. topic
  • Nearly 20% of the UK's honey bees died last winter, August 24 [3] topic
  • High Court case casts further doubt over Heathrow's third runway, August 6 [6] topic
  • Government not on track to meet targets for cutting its own emissions, Environmental Audit Committee, August 5 [7] MPs are concerned that the Government is not doing enough to reduce energy use in its buildings - which account for the bulk of emissions - and will therefore fail to meet its target of a 12.5% reduction in carbon dioxide by 2010/11. "The Government's enormous buying power should be used to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy and boost the number of people in green jobs. Ministers and top civil servants are accountable for this agenda and their performance needs to improve dramatically. Leadership on these issues is crucial - the Government can't have one prescription for the country and another for its own operations." Tim Yeo MP, Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee topic
  • Government commissioned energy security analysis published, August 5 [8] The Government plans to publish a formal response in due course. topic
  • Omlet and Natural England introduce the new ‘Beehaus’ urban beehive, August 5 [9]
  • Nearly 300 proposals submitted by councils under the first round of the Sustainable Communities Act, August 5 [10] Several authorities want to have the power to offer reduced business rates to help support local small and medium sized businesses. One council wants more detailed labelling to be introduced for food products so customers can make easier decisions about buying locally, another is arguing for a minimum standard of broadband access.

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  1. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, August 27, 2009
  2. BBC news, August 26, 2009
  3. British Beekeepers' Association, August 24, 2009
  4. Communities and Local Government, August 12, 2009
  5. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, August 10, 2009
  6. Greenpeace, August 6, 2009
  7. Environmental Audit Committee, August 5, 2009
  8. Department of Energy and Climate Change, August 5
  9. Natural England, August 5, 2009
  10. Local Government Association, August 5, 2009

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