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The local community of Anglesey gather support in order to protest the National Grid application to erect 100 new pylons across the island. A plan to build power-lines across Anglesey from the proposed £12 BN Wylfa Newydd nuclear reactor has generated massive controversy. Residents feel that the new scheme would have a devastating effect, not only on the environment, but consequently on the tourist economy too. The ‘Anglesey Say No To Pylons’ group have been rigorously protesting to protect their Island from plans by the National Grid. Over 13,000 people have signed a petition against the proposal, although permission has…

We are always in rush. Rushing to lectures because we spent 5 too many minutes in bed. Rushing to the shops to scavenge for a cheap deal for dinner. Rushing to complete an assignment we left until the last minute. But how often is it that we just stop, take a moment and actually take in the environment around us? You would be amazed how much you can overlook when you’re rushing from place to place, busy in your own thoughts, not really paying attention to what is going on around you. Trees often go unnoticed in the urban landscape,…

On 18th October, two advocates from the environmental initiative named ‘Extinction Rebellion’ came to Treborth for the talk entitled ‘Climate Change: Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It’. Since then, Menai Bridge has experienced its first formal protest under the same initiative, with more to be expected. Set-up in 2016, Extinction Rebellion are a fast-growing network of around 5000 people across the UK who believe in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in order to change government environmental policy. Using examples of the Indian Independence and Civil Rights movements in the US, the presentation at Treborth discussed the…

Slates General Food Store, Bridge Street, are acting to reduce plastic waste by enabling consumers to purchase every-day goods with ‘bring-your-own’ containers. Business owners Dan and Cherise began their packaging-free products line 3 weeks ago and the initiative has been met with enthusiastic responses from locals and students alike. For the past year, they have been providing ECOVER refill services to their clientele and are currently seriously engaging with the of supplying no-waste, plastic-free services. Dan was happy to talk and explain the logic behind the scheme: Can you explain why you decided to go plastic-free and why you think…

As part of its on-going commitment to sustainability, Bangor University is one of the signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali. Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment. The University is already working to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of its teaching, learning, research and innovation. Its BioComposites Centre is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in…

If you haven’t already heard, ‘Waste Awareness Week’ (or W.A.W.) has been a huge success. The Sustainability Lab has been busy this autumn period preparing for and carrying out Bangor University’s very own waste initiative. It has been dedicated to raising awareness and introducing positive solutions for environmental sustainability. Combining forces of numerous University departments and external organisations alike, our staff have worked tirelessly to offer five days of proactive events enabling students to contribute to waste solutions, both now and in the long term. “Waste Awareness Week” was all about education and how students could help further their ideas…

On 17th October, a free course was held at Treborth Botanical Gardens to educate the attendees on how to reduce their Carbon Footprint. The event was organised by Social Farms and Gardens Community Growing Projects whom run environmentally conscious activities throughout Wales. Starting from Manchester Carbon Literacy Project, Carbon Literacy training has spread across the U.K. through peer to peer learning practices. Rhodir Thomas, our speaker and trainer from Sustain Wales, covered many aspects of Climate Change and spoke about ways in which we can integrate change into our daily lives. An explanation of the Carbon cycle was first on…

Llyn Parc Mawr Community Woodland group (LPMCWG) are encouraging students to join their tree planting events  In 2014, 50 local people took the decision to work with nature and begin a forestry project that would promote sustainable forest management and engage the surrounding community with the process. Much work has been accomplished since then and the group perseveres in order to ensure environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable management are met. Part of the forest management objectives involve maintaining recreational areas and developing the woodlands as an educational resource. Pertaining to these aims, the group hosts a variety of…

A walk through the woods could be the perfect way to improve your state of mind, as scientists connect the particles in the forest air to positive physiological well-being in humans. Being in forests has long been recognised for lightening an individual’s mood and alleviating symptoms of stress in patients. Shinrin–Yoku meaning to ‘forest-bathe’ or ‘take in the atmosphere of the forest’, was the term coined in the 1980s by Japan’s Forest Agency. Currently, it is being applied as a therapy in many parts of Japan and has even been prescribed in Scotland as part of treatment programmes to cure…

Bangor University experts are pioneering “backpack” transmitters for bees. The technology, originally developed in 2015, is attached to bees so scientists can track their movements. The charge powers a signal, which can be followed by an overhead drone as the bees fly over a wide range. Scientists hope tracking them will provide clues as to why some pollinating insects are in decline. “Existing bee monitoring devices face limits due to their weight, range, and battery life duration and these are the problems that we’ve set out to resolve using cutting-edge micro-technology,” said Dr Cristiano Palego, from the University’s School…

Vegans and other ethically minded people now have it much easier when finding synthetic alternatives to leather. Vegan and more ethical fashion is revolutionizing the industry, as more and more people are demanding animal-friendly eco styles. Now, Mainstream brands such as Toms, Vans, Dr. martens and Etnies have all created their own vegan style line, making finding ethical alternatives for your feet a breeze. On your next shopping spree however, don’t just look out for the leather symbol, as many large retailers are still using animal derived glues, so even non-leather shoes may not be vegan. List of high street…

By Olivia Romero-Collins San Jose, Costa Rica. 26th-28th October 2017: A three-day intensive course for professional biologists and civil engineers working for the government, charities, and private organisations in related fields was held to learn about how to implement wildlife-friendly roads in Mesoamerica. The following article is an account of what I learned at the conference. It’s night time in Costa Rica and you are driving down a quiet road, when all of a sudden, your headlights catch a flash of eyes and the faint outline of the spotted body of a jaguar. What do you do? Do you risk…

The end of October brought an exciting new field course opportunity during the recent reading week, for those in the school of SENRGy (School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. A small group of environmental, conservation students (and one geographer), including myself and 7 others, were fortunate enough to join with some students from the University of Ghana, to undertake a field ecology and conservation course in Ghana. Lead by Prof. Julia Jones of Bangor and Prof. Erasmus Owusu, this intensive 10-day course provided all involved with some of the most valuable skills and knowledge needed for a future in…

Always remember the 5th November… Bonfire Night, a celebration which brings friends and family together with fireworks and fires to warm up on a cold November evening.  However, Guy Fawkes is regularly the most polluted day of the year in the UK, burning masses of timber and shooting rockets into the air adds carbon monoxide and other dangerous to background air pollution. The added smoke in the atmosphere has the potential to cause serious health issues especially to those suffering from lung problems. Researchers have found that airborne particles from Guy Fawkes and Diwali, a celebration in which fireworks are…

Coral reefs are built by fascinating marine invertebrates that produce calcium carbonate and form many compact colonies in the shallow waters of tropical oceans. They are often called the ‘rainforests of the sea’ as they house a quarter of all known marine organisms covering less than 1% of the ocean’s area. Their formation requires specific circumstances (temperature, light) and they are essential for the functioning of a significant portion of the marine ecological cycle. Nevertheless, corals still remain a wonder of the ocean and require a lot of further research. From an interview with John Turner, from the School of…

After over three decades of protection from over-production EU milk quotas were scrapped on the first of April in order to allow EU dairy businesses to compete with international rivals in supplying the ever expanding markets of Asia and Africa. While the EU are confident that the new system will not bring a return to the butter mountains and lakes of milk of the 1980s, farmers in the UK are worried about the already low price of milk falling even further. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said the ending of quotas was both a challenge and…

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