Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?
Sep18

Green Issues: Is grazing threatened?

Quite helpfully, I’ve left writing this column to the last minute. I normally have some idea of what I’m going to write about but this week was one of those ‘let’s wait and see what happens’ weeks. As it turns out, just as we are about to go to press, I have received a message from a town councillor about some potentially breaking news that could have a huge impact on the commons. Currently, this claim is unsubstantiated and I would...

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Solar panel group-buying scheme could help save money and the planet
Sep04

Solar panel group-buying scheme could help save money and the planet

Devon’s householders have the chance to help the county become net-zero by joining Devon Climate Emergency’s (DCE) solar panel group-buying scheme. DCE is made up of Devon’s principle public and private sector organisations, and they have joined forces to draw up a Carbon Plan, the county’s roadmap to carbon neutrality. The DCE’s latest project is Solar Together and, with group buying experts iChoosr Ltd, they are offering homeowners...

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What is the future of green energy?
Aug24

What is the future of green energy?

In previous editions of The Moorlander, we have been looking at the future of green energy in Britain. So far we have covered: wind, solar and tidal power. Now, in our last piece in this series, we turn our attention anaerobic digestion and the production of biogas. What is anaerobic digestion? The term anaerobic digestion (AD) refers to a special treatment applied to organic materials. It can be applied to a range of natural...

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Green Issues: Self-healing
Apr01

Green Issues: Self-healing

January Polution March Polution My favourite books are a series of three trilogies; all can be read as separate books, but they link together to tell the story of how the ‘old gods’, the Tuatha de Danaan and the Formorii, come back from the realms of myth and legend and try to re-take the earth they were banished from years ago. While this is happening, it’s a bit like Armageddon, the phones and internet crash, fuel and food runs out,...

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Bee positive
Mar28

Bee positive

It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know! But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months. The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a...

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Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings
Mar27

Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings

A plan to build 187 new homes close to Paignton is approved for Barratt Homes, but not without cost. The scheme includes Barratt Homes paying for the rehoming of five pairs of cirl buntings. The species is only found in the south of Cornwall and Devon, but mostly Devon and especially around Kingsbridge. It was first identified in this area by pioneering ornithologist George Montagu and recorded in his book from 1802, Ornithological...

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