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If you want to find out more about the issues that affect our environment, this is where they’ll be. Whether it’s details of the latest asphalt plant, bio-mass plant or wind turbine application, we lay out the facts and let you share your opinion.

Will you be taking action on Earth Day?

Earth day green heart :

The movement has been going strong since the first rallies in 1970. Are you planning anything today to celebrate Earth Day 2015?

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 11:03am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Island firm move into Scottish tidal energy

SME PLATO at Venture Quays_low res

Good news for Island-based company, Sustainable Marine Energy, as a £1.3m contract is confirmed with the backing of the Scottish Government.

Tuesday, 21st April, 2015 6:35pm

By Clemency Ives

​Green MEP calls for day of ‘free public transport’ to combat air pollution

Keith Taylor Green MEP with city and bus in background

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, is calling for public transport across South East England to be made free within cities and towns today (Friday) to combat the very extreme levels of air pollution that is expected across the region.

Friday, 10th April, 2015 8:59am

By Keith Taylor's Office with 19 readers' comments

Call to declare Isle of Wight ‘Frack Free’ fails due to legal concerns

Anti Fracking poster

Concerns it could open the council to judicial review led to 12 members abstaining and nine voting against the motion to declare the Isle of Wight 'Fracking Free'.

Wednesday, 8th April, 2015 6:23pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Encouraging positive action to help build a new conservation network

Newtown bird hide

Mike Vallender is calling on residents, local community groups, Trusts or charitable bodies to work together to build a Conservation network to reach the wider communities on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 11:48am

By Mike Vallender with 7 readers' comments

Council win funding for an Isle of Wight ‘car club’

Car plus car club

The Isle of Wight Council has secured £100,000 to develop a car club on the Island to promote more sustainable travel.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 1:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 23 readers' comments

Letter: Is the proposed tidal energy scheme a hoax?

Flowersbrook

This reader returns his thoughts to the work that took place at Flowersbrook back in the mid 1990s and questions the purpose of the proposed Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre

Friday, 20th March, 2015 2:49pm

By Anonymous with 9 readers' comments

Green Party MEP launches new report on the housing crisis

Boarded up housing

With homes in the South East now costing 12 times the average salary, Keith Taylor's report on the housing crisis is well-timed.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 12:01am

By Keith Taylor's Office with 19 readers' comments

Could sunniest place in UK finally get solar panels on council offices?

solar panels

Members are being asked to approve a scheme that would see an initial outlay of £45k, but should generate free electricity for three council buildings as well as £4,000 pa income.

Monday, 16th March, 2015 11:29am

By IW Council Press Office with 19 readers' comments

UKIP candidate speaks out against proposed tidal energy centre

Iain McKie

The IW UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate, Iain McKie, expresses concern that the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre "may not necessarily have the right skills available".

Tuesday, 10th March, 2015 9:09am

By Stuart Nuttall with 62 readers' comments

Find out how you can help fight the Himalayan Balsam infestation

Himalyan balsam

Natural Enterprise and The Community Fund are hoping to raise £2,000 to fund an ambitious project to control weed infestation in the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 7:06am

By Carol Flux with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Tidal energy project ‘another waste of rate payers money’

tidal energy model

This reader calls on the council to dump the tidal energy project and avoid the potential of a costly judicial review of administrative action.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 5:35pm

By Christopher Innis with 31 readers' comments