Northumbrian Water hit with £540k fine for sewage pollution

Durham County Court heard a blockage in a combined sewer in May 2017 caused sewage to pour out of a manhole cover and discharge into the watercourse that runs through Heads Hope Dene near Castle Eden

End of an era as one of England’s last coal mines to close

Coal has been extracted from the Bradley mine in County Durham for the final time

Durham deemed ‘the greenest city in the UK’

The city, which declared a climate emergency in February 2019, has already reduced emissions by 47% between 2009-2019

Prison for Durham man for illegal waste activities

A man from Durham has been charged for illegally depositing and burning waste. Christopher John Nash pleaded guilty at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court to two offences of operating a waste facility without a permit. He has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community […]

Farmer fined £1,600 over illegal waste operation

A farmer from County Durham has been fined £1,600 for operating a waste treatment facility without a legal permit. The fine was handed to 52-year old Stephen Anthony Suddes by Darlington Magistrates after an illegal waste fire was seen on his land in May 2012, the Environment Agency said. A large pile of mixed waste, […]

700 mile road trip puts electric car through paces

Two students from Durham University have put an electric car through its paces by taking it on a 700-mile road trip. Sergio Roldan (pictured left) and Ioannis Sarrigiannis planned the round trip from Durham to Cardiff and back as part of a research project called the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR). The journey with a regular […]

Fracking could be minimum 600 metres from water aquifers

Shale gas firms should set a minimum distance of 600 metres between their fracking process and water aquifers, according to new research released today which suggests this would be both “safe” and “prudent”. Researchers from Durham, Cardiff and Norway’s University of Tromsø looked at thousands of natural and induced fractures from the US, Europe and […]

Durham art show uses dance-power

An art display at Durham’s light festival over the weekend used the power of people dancing to change the colours to the beat. The lights on the dancefloor-style exhibit, called “LED’s DANCE” by Polish artist Dorota Kraft, became more intense and “dynamic” in response to people moving over it. The piece was part of the […]

London Lib Dems clamour for all-electric buses and taxis

London’s Lib Dems are clamouring for public transport to go all-electric. The party’s London Assembly branch is campaigning for a Big Switch to electric buses and taxis in the capital city by 2020.They say it will cut London’s air pollution, dramatically reduce premature deaths and ill health and help meet climate change targets. Energy Secretary […]