A lightweight, solar-powered plane created by UK firm QinetiQ has exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US military’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre aircraft with a wingspan of up to 18 metres but weighing just 30 kg. Hand launched, by day it flies on solar power generated by amorphous silicon arrays no thicker than sheets of paper that cover the aircraft's wings. By night it is powered by rechargeable...
The New Local Government Network (NLGN), an independent think tank that seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities, says that planning laws should be relaxed to increases the take up of green energy systems.
A pamphlet published by the NLGN has called for local planning laws to be relaxed to allow more people the option of installing eco-friendly energy sources to their homes. It has called for local councillors to be able to consult with local residents on whether to reduce the amount of planning permission required to install a micro generation system. The pamphlet suggests...
Eco-campaigners in tents have arrived two days earlier than expected on the outskirts of Heathrow Airport signalling the start of a week long campaign to protest against plans to expand the airport.
In addition to the climate change protestors, local residents who are likely to be adversely affected by the proposed increase in air traffic are also joining the group.
The protestors aim to disrupt BAA’s activities but claim that they are not there to delay flights and disrupt people’s holidays. Organisers of the so called Camp for Climate Change insist that the protests will be peaceful, however, despite this there is likely to be...
The recent flooding in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas seems to fit into a trend of an increased risk of flooding in the UK due to torrential rainfall. This is trend that we have already been warned about by scientists and it seems that their predictions may be becoming reality.
In recent years we seem to have experienced a number of 'unprecedented' floods in the UK and these often have been the result of torrential rain storms resulting huge amounts of run-off overwhelming drains and smaller water channels.
Five million people in England and Wales are now at risk from flooding every year and...
Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms - TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels.
Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group and other international organizations to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve global warming. Former U.S....
Ecofreak are pleased to announce that we are now able to supply additional adapters to increase the connectivity of the hugely popular Freeloader Solar Charger.
The adapters have been manufactured to allow you to use your Freeloader to charge virtually any device.
If you haven't got a Freeloader you should really ask yourself why not! It is a convenient device for charging your gadgets whilst you are out and about and even better it can be charged simply by placing it in the sun!
The full list of Freeloader adapters now available is as follows :
- iPod and iPod Nano
- All Siemens BenQ Mobiles
- GameBoy Advance
David Miliband has today launched an online calculator that will enable us all to work out own individual or household carbon footprint.
The calculator takes government recognised data and applies it to lifestyle information provided by the user to work out a carbon footprint. Three areas of lifestyle are taken into account : home energy, appliances and transport. The calculator then produces a tailored action plan outlining steps that might be taken to cut CO2 emissions.
DEFRA has recently commissioned research that showed that of the people in Britain :
- 94% now believe that the world's climate is changing
- 57% believe that...
EasyJet has today become the first airline to outline the environmental requirements that must be met by the next generation of short-haul super-clean aircraft; and unveiled its design of what such an aircraft could look like for operation by 2015.
Dubbed the “easyJet ecoJet”, the aircraft would need to be 25% quieter and would emit 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than today’s newest aircraft (the 737 and A320 families of aircraft).
The aircraft will incorporate the latest research by airframe and engine manufacturers around the world – all of which can be incorporated into an aircraft that should be in operation by 2015. The...