Energy Usage

Energy Usage

The energy that’s used in our homes accounts for a big chunk of overall energy consumption. Because of this, an increasing number of people are now looking for ways to make their More »

Building a Green Home

Building a Green Home

If you’re planning on building a new home then you have many things to consider. Things like the number of bedrooms, the size of the house and the materials used to build More »

Benefits of Green Housing

Benefits of Green Housing

Helping the environment and reducing carbon emissions is now an urgent matter. With more people on the planet than ever, it’s essential that everyone does their part. One of the best ways More »

Green Housing Trends

Green Housing Trends

A huge portion of the carbon dioxide emissions in the UK come from housing. Although the government has taken some steps to make the country more environmentally-friendly, many organisations feel they’re still More »

 

Brazilian Government plan to roll back environmental laws angers activists

The Brazilian government has angered environmental activists around the world by attempting to roll back the country’s laws that protect indigenous territories and the environment. The plans could have huge negative implications, including the possibility that the country could fail to meet its commitment to the Paris climate deal.

Deforestation of the Amazon is big concern in Brazil and the two initiatives proposed by the Brazilian government would certainly not help that cause. The timing could not be worse either, coming after the announcement of a 29% jump in Amazon deforestation – the highest level for 8 years.

The bill has been put off for over a decade but is now being pushed by congressman, Mauro Pereira. The bill seeks to overhaul Brazil’s strict environmental licensing laws and give Brazilian states the ability to decide which licences a project should have. A big reason behind the push for the new bill is due to the amount of business Brazil currently loses to neighbouring countries that have faster processes.

Around 250 individuals and businesses have strongly opposed the bill and have signed a letter that condemns the bill and explains how it could lead to more environmental disasters in the future.

 

Hydro scheme at Snowdonia National Park refused due to environmental concerns

The plans for a new £12m energy scheme at Snowdonia National Park have been refused by NRW.

The plan was to use water from the River Conwy for a hydroelectric scheme but this will now not go ahead due to the negative effect it would have on the environment.

RWE Innogy UK are the company who applied for the permit and claimed that its hydro power stations in the area could provide power to more than 3,200 households. However their plans faced major opposition from environmentalists and businesses among others, who feared that the scheme would greatly reduce the amount of water from the waterfall.

The reason the permit was refused was because the company wanted to extract too much water.

Head of operations for NRW, Sian Williams, had the following to say –

“The Conwy is an important natural asset for the area and we’ve conducted a detailed assessment of the proposals before reaching this decision. We support sustainable developments in the right places.
But the evidence we’ve scrutinised shows that the proposal submitted could harm the local environment. As such, we can’t grant it a permit.”