It’s a valiant double victory for team Verto as Verto Homes snags two top awards at the prestigious UK Property Awards 2017 last Friday night in Central London: Best Residential Development Cornwall for Island Reach and Best Developer Website for the Verto Homes website.
First famous for its infuriating flat-pack model, Swedish furniture giant Ikea may eclipse this reputation with a new, and altogether nobler identity. Ikea has this month made international headlines with the news that it now owns more wind turbines than it does stores, a move that takes the group significantly closer to its goal of being entirely energy independent by 2020.
It’s not all doom and gloom: despite recent news suggesting the world’s superpowers aren’t prioritising combatting climate change, China is in the process of building the first ‘forest city’ to fight air pollution. It will host 40,000 trees and 30,000 people, absorbing almost 10,000 tons of CO2 annually. It’s just one of the many sustainable developments China is currently pursuing – stay up to date with our Instagram for more.
A tale with an ironic twist: an expedition, part of a four-year research project into the effects of climate change, had to be abandoned after climate change made the conditions treacherous. Warmer temperatures created perilous ice conditions off Newfoundland, trapping fishing boats and tankers – usually, ‘it’s not something you would expect to see there’.
A step in the wrong direction: as of yesterday, President Trump has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a deal that was intended to limit the global rise in temperature attributed to emissions. NASA indicates that “the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely […] to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.” The US currently contributes about 15% of global emissions of carbon, a considerably large portion.
Put simply, the UK isn’t building enough homes in the current housing market. MPs have recently called for an end to the ‘dominance’ of big home-building firms, saying that the government should do more for smaller builders – we couldn’t agree more. Currently, the residential housing sector is accountable for 27% of UK emissions, something we, as a nation, need to change.
Everyone knows we’re huge fans of the beautiful town of Newquay; it’s why so many of our Zero Carbon Smart Homes are located there. With stunning shores, exquisite food and plenty of festivities, it’s impossible to resist. (Take a look at our guide to life in Newquay for even more.) However, we’re glad to know we’re not the only fans of amenities in the area: this ‘superfan’, Julia Buckley, wrote an article in the Independent yesterday announcing that Newquay Airport is the best in the country. As the UK’s fastest growing airport, the following is what she had to say about why.