News from on and off island.
The Isle of Man is a place of many interesting factoids, we’ve got the largest working water wheel in the world, we were the first nation in the world to give women the vote and we’re home to one of (if not the) largest population of wallabies outside of the […]
A new app which will allow seafarers and members of the public to record and map pollution simply by taking a photo has been launched on the island. The Eyesea App was launched on a rather stormy evening at Port Erin but fortunately the weather did not dampen the mood […]
A scheme that will help reduce carbon emissions and household bills by helping people make properties more energy efficient will come into effect on October 1. The Green Living Grant scheme was approved by Tynwald, and is part of the gov’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050, for the benefit of the […]
In total, 14 coastal buildings, including six lighthouses, and 13 war memorials have been added to the island’s protected buildings register (PBR).
Image credit: Ron Strathdee
ieces of Plastic (3PoP), Plastic Busters and Beach Buddies have joined forces to make a joint pre-election statement suggesting the issue of litter should be a top priority for candidates in September’s election.
A planning application to cut down 25 elm trees from ‘one of Europe’s last elm tree tunnels’ to create a farm access road along Braaid Road in St Marks was debated in the House of Keys this morning amidst multiple protests, a petition and national media attention to opposition to […]
Christine Barker was using the shed in her back garden for one to one sessions until Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot overturned her planning approval.
Business Support Applications for the Coronavirus Business Support Scheme (CBSS) – Circuit Break (March 2021) and the Business Premises Support Scheme (BPSS), which were introduced to support businesses during the Circuit Break Lockdown, have been extended until Friday May 14. The CBSS – Circuit Break (March 2021) was introduced on […]
“Humanity is spending Earth’s resources as if there were two Earths.” For Earth Day 2021, Green Party Committee member Sarah Mercer reflects why we need to act now to help our planet.
It’s all been a bit doom and gloom recently, so Gef has scoured the web to find some heartwarming stories. A Lot of Dough Anyone who has seen American TV or films will know one thing about girl scouts, they sell cookies. And in California eight-year-old Lilly Bumpus has set […]
Yesterday’s HoK Questions – DEFA Minister Geoffrey Boot got quizzed on southern planning and what support there is for residents who want to reduce their environmental footprint at home.
Paul Craine provides an update on the Climate Change Bill, compares the Isle of Man’s emissions to other countries and looks at what work still needs to be done.
Curraghs Wildlife Park is mourning the loss of their ‘old lady’, Frisco the red panda. Frisco was sadly put to sleep today. At over 17 years and 8 months old, the park said she was ‘exceptionally old for a Red Panda’. The average age red pandas live to is 14 […]
More than 30,000 fish eggs produced on the Isle of Man have been used to keep Jersey’s angling season afloat. The eggs were produced at the Cornaa Fish Farm which came back under gov control in June 2020 after a longstanding commercial lease with Troutlodge ended. Shortly afterwards the Jersey […]
Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot says his department is working to introduce a substantial energy efficiency scheme. The scheme will aim to help lower the emissions from homes on the island, which make up the biggest single portion of our carbon emissions. He explained: ‘The details are yet to be finalised […]
Left to Right: Jaime Amoedo and Bill Dale Over the last few weeks, the island has been battered by storms and high tides that washed up large amounts of rubbish, debris, and fishing nets on Manx Beaches. To combat this, a joint event between Beach Buddies and PlasticBusters organised by […]
The gov will not be progressing the planned changes to vehicle duty until later in the year. As Gef revealed last week, the order sought approval for a new zero emissions vehicle duty of £50 and an increase in duty for other road users. A petition against its introduction had […]
Smart Meters Manx Utilities will shortly begin installing meters for its much anticipated Island-wide smart metering system. Smart meters will form part of a smarter energy grid allowing Manx Utilities to be more precise about energy production and supply, enabling a reduction in waste and better support low carbon technologies […]
A petition calling for the gov to drop its plans to introduce a £50 vehicle duty for zero emissions vehicles has attracted over 4,000 signatures. Gef revealed over the weekend that Tynwald will be asked next week to back the introduction of the charge. If approved, vehicle duties will continue […]
Tynwald will this month be asked to back the introduction of a £50 duty for zero emission vehicles. The motion will be laid by Infrastructure Minister Tim Baker when members sit on March 16. If approved, vehicle duties will continue using the current categories while gradually introducing ‘weight based duty […]
Chief Minister HQ expects the Paris Climate Agreement to be extended to the Isle of Man in time for the Glasgow Climate Summit in November. Mr Quayle was asked by Garff MHK Daphne Caine what plans he had to extend the agreement to include the island. He said: ‘I am […]
‘We are in a really good place and that did not happen by chance.’ That was the opening of Jason Moorhouse’s speech in response to Treasury Minister Alf Canna’s Budget today. However the Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK said he still has concerns including a ‘big and expensive public sector’ […]
People are reminded to trim hedges before the start of the bird nesting season. Hedgerows are an important part of the countryside and provide wildlife with food, shelter and important breeding sites. To protect flowers, birds and other creatures that use them, people are asked to avoid trimming their hedges […]
The Chief Min has planted one of the first trees that will form a new People’s Wood (Keyll yn Phobble). The project is part of the gov’s response to the climate change emergency and will see 85,000 trees – one for every island resident – planted at Meary Veg in […]
The Steam Packet’s new flagship, Manxman, will be powered by the ‘world’s most efficient four-stroke diesel engine’. Technology group Wärtsilä has been chosen to supply the new vessel with two eight-cylinder and two 10-cylinder engines, which are recognised for a high level of fuel efficiency which reduces exhaust emissions. The […]
A Douglas Councillor has spoken of his anger after MHKs rejected a call to bring forward the gov’s zero carbon emissions target from 2050 to 2035. Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper criticised the gov for a lack of action since it declared a climate emergency and said he had ‘absolutely […]