Environment

All the latest environment news from across the North East. Read the latest environment stories, features and campaigns from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes: A change to the way we run the buses can deliver services you need

Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes outlines plans for big changes on the bus network, and says passengers will benefit

Chris Watson in Kielder Forest

Sound recordist Chris Watson takes groups on Kielder Forest expeditions

Kielder Forest in Northumberland is to stage a sound artwork event led by top sound recordist Chris Watson

Kevin O'Hara on a beaver fact-finding trip in Bavaria, Germany

Northumberland beaver discovery sheds light on the missing link in river management

Gnawed birch wood found at the eroding bankside of the Scaup burn at Kielder Forest proves beavers were living in region in 14th Century

Prime Minister David Cameron

Frack Northumberland and build nuclear power stations, David Cameron urged

The Prime Minister was told to shelve the Climate Change Act to which it was claimed there was "extraordinarily strong opposition"

Dunstanburgh Castle

North East rock sites are some of the best in the UK say geologists

North East locations such as Dunstanburgh, South Shields and Allenheads are voted some of the UK's top geology sites

View from the 5th floor of "The Core" at Science Central

'Free heat for a century' plan by North East green energy experts

North experts have put the case for underground thermal energy at a geothermal energy conference in London

The 1984-85 Miners' Strike in the Durham Coalfield - Easington Colliery 1984

Nature reserve plan for County Durham pit site with a turbulent history

On Wednesday plans will be presented to Durham County Council's cabinet to designate the 27-hectare Easington Colliery site as a Local Nature Reserve

Viscount Ridley

Pressure on ending windfarm subsidies as North East peers come together for House of Lords debate

Viscount Ridley hopes the discussion will prompt the Government into ensuring Northumberland’s landscape is better protected

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Energy efficiency will be the priority for future UK Governments

With prices continuing to rise and demand set to double households and businesses are being encouraged to using energy in a more efficient way

A Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphin

Record year for whales and dolphins off North East coast

The Farne Islands Wildlife Report for 2013, published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, reveals that there were a total of 138 sightings of cetaceans

Journal columnist David Banks

'I'm trapped in an immovable and enormous African traffic jam' says columnist David Banks

Journal columnist David Banks ventures out of north Northumberland into West Africa and finds a lesson in the darkness for us in Britain

Coquet hide

Northumberland island curio goes on show in London

Festival will showcase Coquet Island wardens' 6ft by 6ft eccentric hide creation

NFU President Peter Kendall

Farmers' leader Peter Kendall at heart of climate change summit

Former NFU chief highlights role of the agriculture sector in tackling environmental harm

An oil rig in the North Sea

After Scotland's decision the future looks brighter for the North East

Friday's Journal features our latest supplement - the North of England Energy and Offshore Report - focusing on one of the region's most important industries. Peter McCusker looks ahead to this publication

Liz Reid has created a 'tropical' garden at her home in Springwell Village. She wants to open her garden up for the public to visit to raise money for charity

Touch of the tropics brought to Springwell village by green fingered gardener

Tropical garden creator Liz Reid, who planted yuccas and bamboo in Springwell village, in charity appeal for cancer

Formal decision on major development The Sill at Hadrian's Wall is delayed

Plans for The Sill visitor centre were approved but the application has been referred by a third party to the Planning Casework Unit

Boulby's Wood car park

Bulby's Wood visitor facilities in Northumberland National Park set for £150,000 upgrade

Visitor facilities at Bulby's Wood near Ingram in Northumberland National Park are set for a £150,000 upgrade

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve celebrates 50th anniversary

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve - a "coastal hotel" for VIP wildlife has celebrated its 50th birthday

Oliver Maurice

One man's mission to protect natural and built heritage

Ex-North National Trust boss in pilgrim walk to rase conservation funds.

John Stirling

Thousands band together to fight for cheaper power

Families in North Tyneside have come together to lobby energy firms for more affordable energy prices

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