The QT

Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

Author name: Graeme Anderson

Young dads creating a buzz at Baltic

Lives and landscapes are set to be transformed by an ambitious environmental project centred around Gateshead’s iconic Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art over the next three years. The Birds, Bees, Bikes and Trees initiative has secured more than £500,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund for work including helping young fathers from challenged backgrounds develop …

Prize could spread volcanic dust worldwide

The spreading of volcanic dust on farmland to increase crop yields and capture carbon could become commonplace across the world if the UK-based company championing the process wins a $50m prize UNDO, a carbon dioxide removal company launched by former Durham University student, Jim Mann, has been selected as one of 20 finalists from a …

Explosion of interest after volcanic dust discovery

The head of a global carbon-capture company hopes ground-breaking research by Newcastle University paves the way for crucial Government support in the widespread use of volcano dust on farmer’s fields. Jim Mann, the CEO of UNDO made a whistle-stop visit to the North East earlier this month, to see the scientific results for himself and …

Green credentials on the line

Passionate climate change campaigner Jamie Driscoll was in his element at the North East mayoral hustings held in Alnwick last night (Wed) to explore candidates’ views on environmental and rural issues. The event was organised by Alnwick Friends of the Earth specifically to discuss green talking points and especially those affecting the North East. And …

Riding for their lives

At the end of a 380km three-day bike ride from Newcastle to Birmingham, Dr Heather Lambert still had enough puff to conduct a series of interviews with journalists. Media duties completed, she then joined hundreds of cyclists in Ride For Their Lives — an annual event that sees healthcare professionals campaign for cleaner air by …

Seismic find will help farming and the climate

Tiny volcanic rocks used as fertiliser on North East fields can increase crop growth by more than 20%, Newcastle University scientists proved this week — in a process which also captures huge amounts of carbon. The landmark findings, officially published in an academic paper today (March 28), could have a major impact on British farming …

Shining a light on region’s solar pioneers

It somehow feels appropriate that Solar Capture Technologies, a small company with big ideas, is housed in the Brunel Building. Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the UK’s greatest innovators — a poster child of the Industrial Revolution — and as we strive to engineer a green industrial revolution today, it’s no exaggeration to …

Green lobby back restoration of Leamside Line

North East leaders of England’s most prominent countryside charity have joined the clamour for the Leamside Line railway line to be re-opened. Andrew Thompson, chair of CPRE Durham and Richard Cowen, chair of CPRE North East say that as well as the economic benefits the 21-mile stretch of railway line would bring, there would be …

Are mayoral hopefuls friends of the earth?

“Life moves pretty fast,” Ferris Bueller, the title character from 1980s cult movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, reminds us. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Life has undoubtedly moved pretty fast in the North East in recent decades yet sometimes the changes are easy to overlook. …

North East’s green hotspots revealed

If you’re asked to think about examples of the green economy in the North East then several areas might spring to mind. Sunderland — with Nissan’s pivot to full EV production? Certainly.  Blyth — where the Catapult Network is building a thriving hub for renewables? Of course. But a new report from the Confederation of …

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