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Greenpeace volunteers occupy Parliament to save the climate

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Greenpeace volunteers occupy Parliament to save the climate

via Greenpeace UK RSS by jamie on 10/11/09

Update from the scene: 31 volunteers are still ocuppying the roof this morning, 24 came down last night and were arrested and all have been bailed to return.
Fifty-five Greenpeace volunteers scaled the walls of the Houses of Parliament and […]

Four degrees of warming ‘likely’

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The BBC is reporting that four degrees of warming ‘likely’ ! !
In a dramatic acceleration of forecasts for global warming, UK scientists say the global average temperature could rise by 4C (7.2F) as early as 2060.
The Met Office study used projections of fossil fuel use that reflect the trend seen over the last […]

Supermarkets Get Cold Feet Over Fridge Doors

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Why have supermarkets shelved their promise to introduce cheap and easy fridge doors?
What’s the biggest and easiest thing that supermarkets could do to cut their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint? They all know the answer. Put doors on their fridges.
A corporate sustainability supremo at one of the big four told me […]

The Prince’s Rainforest Project

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Climate change video FAQs

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The answers to climate change are here … These are the most frequently asked questions about climate change determined Greenpeace supporters. Our busy climate campaigners have sat down for a video one-to-one to give you the answers.
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Greenpeace Video: From Sea to Shelf – fisheries for the future

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

With around 80 per cent of fish stocks in trouble, species driven to extinction and ecosystems on the brink of collapse, it’s time to rethink how we harvest our oceans. This new video shows how Greenpeace has been encouraging retailers to clean up their seafood shelves – by switching to a sustainable seafood sourcing policy […]

Domestic wind turbines could ‘power 800,000 UK homes’

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The Guardian reports that Domestic wind turbines could ‘power 800,000 UK homes’
“Small domestic wind turbines could provide enough clean electricity to power more than 800,000 UK homes, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Previous studies have suggested that small turbines in residential areas fail to generate enough power to justify their installation.”
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Stations in £5m drive to get rail passengers onto bikes

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Hmmm this is a good idea….
Major railway stations will be offered the chance to become “cycling hubs”, with extra bike racks and repair shops, under government plans to boost the appeal of two-wheeled travel among train passengers.
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Floods, droughts and soaring temperatures: Met Office predicts how climate change will affect UK

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Average mean temperature likely to rise by more than 2C across the UK by 2050, says major new Met Office report detailing the impacts of climate change over the next century
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20 Amazing Images of Earth as Seen From Space

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Great set of images here……




renewable-energy

Archive for the ‘Renewable Energy’ Category

UK Government Invests £75bn in Off Shore Windfarms

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The UK government announced a £75bn programme today to build thousands of offshore wind turbines that will kickstart the next phase of renewable power generation in Britain.
The Crown Estate has today announced the successful bidders for each of the nine Round 3 offshore wind zones within UK waters which would generate at least 25GW of […]

UK to build world’s largest wind turbines

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Commenting on news that the world’s biggest wind turbine blades will be made in Britain with Government backing, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy campaigner Nick Rau said:
“It’s great news for Britain that the world’s biggest wind turbines will be made here. This is exactly the sort of development that the Government should be […]




news

Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Greens launch new film in target constituency

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

A new short film explaining why the Greens can win this year’s parliamentary election in Norwich South has been released on the internet. The Norwich South seat will be contested by the Green Party’s deputy leader, Adrian Ramsay.
The film uses animation and graphics, plus a short direct message from the candidate, Adrian Ramsay, who is […]

Sun, wind and wave-powered: Europe unites to build renewable energy ’supergrid’

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

• North Sea countries plan vast clean energy project
• €30bn scheme could offer weather-proof supply
It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany’s vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway’s fjords: Europe’s […]

Full text of Prince Charles’s speech to the Copenhagen climate conference

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Prime minister, secretary-general, ministers, ladies and gentlemen:
I am most grateful for your kind invitation to address this crucially important international gathering.
We live in times of great consequence and, therefore, of great opportunity.
With issues of such magnitude, it is easy to focus solely on the challenges, the worst-case scenarios, the what-ifs of failure.
But take a moment […]

Banksy sees red over climate change

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Banksy sees red over climate change

Street artist Banksy spray-paints message in red capitals on wall beside Regent’s canal in north London
It may be scant compensation to disgruntled climate change activists, but the failure to agree a legally binding treaty in Copenhagen has apparently provided inspiration for the latest work by […]

Darling unveils £400 incentive for a greener boiler

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

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Darling unveils £400 incentive for a greener boiler

Chancellor’s ‘boiler scrappage scheme’ surprised the industry
Householders can expect to be inundated with discount offers to replace their old gas boiler over the next few weeks, after the chancellor announced a £400 “scrappage” scheme to help consumers upgrade to a new model.
Within hours […]

Greens want safe renewable power, not new nuclear plants

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Greens want safe renewable power, not new nuclear plants

via Green Party News by Green Party on 11/9/09

In reponse to Ed Miliband’s announcement of ten proposed new nuclear power stations, Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party, said:
"Bypassing the planning system in this way — through the National Infrastructure Commission — is bad news for democracy […]

Restrictive laws wall off hemp bricks

Friday, November 6th, 2009

I never knew hemp was so useful…

Restrictive laws wall off hemp bricks

via Super Eco News Feed by Lisa Poisso on 11/5/09

Assess for us, if you would, the qualities of this sustainable construction material:

Bio-negative manufacturing (more carbon dioxide is locked up in the process of growing and harvesting the component materials than is released during […]

Homeowners in Scotland will be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest free in order to improve energy efficiency.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Homeowners in Scotland will be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest free in order to improve energy efficiency.
What a fantastic idea…
Available in England when ? ?
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Conservative leader’s eco-speech shows his true colours

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Conservative leader's eco-speech shows his true colours

via Green Party News by Green Party on 10/16/09

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has warned that David Cameron’s speech this morning showed the Conservative leader’s true colours – that despite his green rhetoric, he would put laisser-faire principles before any commitment to meeting climate change targets.
Commenting […]

Consumers ‘dump old electrical goods rather than recycle them’

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Guardian is reporting that:

"Old electrical items are being thrown out with household rubbish because many people don't know how to recycle them, a new survey reveals today"

The research by the consumer group also found almost three-quarters of those questioned admitted to hoarding products that were broken and in need of repair or simply no […]




green-party-uk

Archive for the ‘Green Party UK’ Category

Rail renationalisation is long overdue

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Green Party today welcomed the publication of an RMT-commissioned poll which shows 70% support for rail renationalisation. The party has long argued that the 1993 privatisation was botched, costly, and against the interests of the travelling public, and supports a return to public ownership.
Alan Francis, transport spokesperson for the Green Party, said:
“Rail privatisation has […]

New poll predicts first Green win in general election

Monday, October 5th, 2009

An in-depth poll of Britain’s marginal constituencies (1) today predicts that Green Party leader Caroline Lucas will take the Brighton Pavilion seat in the coming general election.

The poll predicts that the Conservatives will form the next government with a majority of 70 seats. Last year’s equivalent poll, however, predicted a Conservative majority of 146 – […]

Greens welcome move towards energy-efficient white goods

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Comet, the electrical goods retailer, is offering its customers a 20% discount if they trade-in old white goods appliances for a new model. The pilot scheme by Comet will run until the 14th of September. The UK has roughly 15 million fridges, freezers and washing machines that are over ten years old.
Darren Johnson, the Green […]

Green Party leader to head up influential animal welfare group

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Caroline Lucas has been named as the new President of the European Parliament’s cross-party Animal Welfare Intergroup.
The Green Party leader is well known for her longstanding efforts to achieve better protection for animals, having played a key role in the creation of legislation to ban the sale of cat and dog fur in the […]

Humanist Society praises Green education policy

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The British Humanist Society has congratulated the Green Party on its new Education Policy, recently adopted at the party’s conference in Hove.
Director of Education and Public Affairs for the BHS Andrew Copson said “the Green Party’s new faith schools policy represents a very positive step forward for those who care about a more inclusive state […]

Greens launch billboard campaign to run during Labour conference

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The campaign for the Greens to win Brighton Pavilion stepped up a gear this week, with 14 billboards going up around Brighton and Hove, timed to coincide with the Labour Party conference in Brighton.
The billboard campaign has been devised by the Green Party’s retained ad agency, glue London.
In the ads the Green Party’s slogan for […]

Caroline Lucas speech to Green Party conference

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas gave the keynote speech this morning at the Green Party conference in Hove.
You can see a full transcript of Caroline’s speech here, or you can watch the video in three parts below …

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Green conference to form response to the far-right

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

At the Green Party’s conference in Hove tomorrow (Sat 5th September), Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP since 1999, will lead a strategy discussion about shaping a Green Party response to the far right — now that it has won seats in the UK at the local, regional and European levels.
The session will draw on this […]

Caroline Lucas encourages Greens to sign up to 10:10

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Caroline Lucas has called on all members of the Green Party to support the 10:10 pledge. By signing up to 10:10, you pledge that yourself, or your organisation, will cut 10% of your emissions in 2010.
Lucas said: “I would encourage all Green Party members to commit to this – bearing in mind that most Greens […]

Green Party conference looks ahead to Westminster breakthrough at 2010 election

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Green Party’s conference this week will look ahead to the coming general election, when the Greens are confident of a parliamentary breakthrough.
The Greens are taking their conference to Brighton & Hove to underline the strength of party leader Caroline Lucas MEP’s bid to win a seat in that city. In Brighton and Hove:
The Greens […]




climate-change

Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

UK Government Invests £75bn in Off Shore Windfarms

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The UK government announced a £75bn programme today to build thousands of offshore wind turbines that will kickstart the next phase of renewable power generation in Britain.
The Crown Estate has today announced the successful bidders for each of the nine Round 3 offshore wind zones within UK waters which would generate at least 25GW of […]

UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover • Register Hardware

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover • Register Hardware: “UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover
Minis in Oxford, Mitsubishis in Brum
By Alun Taylor • Get more from this author
14th December 2009 13:34 GMT
Leccy Tech Forty leccy Minis were yesterday handed to their owners – well, lessees, to be exact – […]

Sainsbury’s to slash their emissions as 15-year campaign bears fruit | Greenpeace UK

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Sainsbury’s to slash their emissions as 15-year campaign bears fruit | Greenpeace UK: “ainsbury’s to slash their emissions as 15-year campaign bears fruit
Posted by christian on 16 November 2009.
Sainsburys
A major UK supermarket is going to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by almost a third by changing just one thing about the way they do business. […]

Climate change – £6.50 loaf will leave millions hungry in the UK

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

£6.50 for a loaf of bread, £7 for a box of cornflakes and £18 for a pint of beer –  these are the eye watering prices we could face in 2030 unless urgent action is taken to prevent dangerous climate change.
The figures were published today by Friends of the Earth, 40 days before vital […]

UK to build world’s largest wind turbines

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Commenting on news that the world’s biggest wind turbine blades will be made in Britain with Government backing, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy campaigner Nick Rau said:
“It’s great news for Britain that the world’s biggest wind turbines will be made here. This is exactly the sort of development that the Government should be […]

Entire cabinet signs up to 10:10 climate change campaign

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Gordon Brown and his senior ministers all committed to cutting their personal carbon emissions today as the entire cabinet signed up to the 10:10 climate change campaign.
The cabinet pledge came as the number of individuals who have signed up to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in 2010 passed the 10,000 mark.

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Can Geoengineering Turn Down the Global Thermostat

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

When the Royal Society do a report on something, they do it properly. Their latest, ‘Geoengineering the climate: Science Governance and Uncertainty’ – is the product of a year’s worth of work by some of the most prestigious scientists in the world.
And we should be grateful that they took the time, because based on a […]

Fake trees, algae tubes and white roofs

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Report from Institute of Mechanical Engineers calls for £10m to develop geo-engineering ideas that would be ‘an integral part’ of the solution to global warming
Artificial trees and tubes of algae on the sides of buildings could absorb most of the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, according to a report from engineers that will be circulated […]

Digital Music Can Save the Planet

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

A new study conducted by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University confirms what we already assumed: downloading music cuts energy consumption and CO2 emissions compared to shopping at your local record store. Digitizing wins again.
The study found that buying digital music results in a 40 to 80 […]

Hand out £10,000 loans to make UK homes greener, say experts | Money | The Guardian

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Hand out £10,000 loans to make UK homes greener, say experts | Money | The Guardian: “”
(Via .)
Homeowners will be able to borrow up to £10,000 to “green” their homes and pay the money back through their council tax bill, under radical proposals drawn up by a government advisory body.
The plans, published today in a […]




carbon-capture

Archive for the ‘Carbon Capture’ Category

John Healey: Removing red tape in move towards a low-carbon future – Corporate – Communities and Local Government

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

John Healey: Removing red tape in move towards a low-carbon future – Corporate – Communities and Local Government: “Removing red tape in move towards a low-carbon future
Published 17 November 2009
Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has today launched measures to cut carbon emissions by overhauling the planning system.
In proposals published today for consultation, homeowners, developers […]

Fake trees, algae tubes and white roofs

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Report from Institute of Mechanical Engineers calls for £10m to develop geo-engineering ideas that would be ‘an integral part’ of the solution to global warming
Artificial trees and tubes of algae on the sides of buildings could absorb most of the UK’s annual carbon dioxide emissions, according to a report from engineers that will be circulated […]

China recruits algae to combat climate change

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Guardian reports that Chinese firm behind ambitious plan to breed microalgae in greenhouse with the potential to absorb carbon emissions.

The garish gunk coursing through a greenhouse filled with transparent pipes appears to belong on the set of a particularly slimy episode of Star Trek.
Multiplying rapidly as it flows through tubes, stacked 14 high in […]



2008 October

Archive for October, 2008

Eco-Friendly Baby Toys

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Make a statement by giving your children Fair Trade toys

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Fairtrade is something that most people are now familiar with and this is reflected in the 55% increase in sales of fair trade products over the last year. Many of us make a conscious effort in our food shopping to buy fair trade products – particularly coffee, tea and chocolate – in the […]




2009 February

Archive for February, 2009

Ecsama ring pull handbags from Brazil

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Saw an interesting short film on Channel 4 this evening about handbags being sold on the high street which were made of fizzy drinks can ringpulls ! Ecsama bags are made from recycled materials by women in two Brazilian cooperatives near ‘economically depressed’ areas. And just so you know who has made the bag, each […]

Electric Shock!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Our latest electricity bill is a phenomenal £519.36 for just 3 months. I was so shocked and horrified I called Cardiff based Atlantic Electric and Gas this morning to check the figure. Apparently the reading was correct, I’ve checked it. This is a catch up bill though as our previous bill was an estimate of […]

Are soapnuts a cheap and environmentally friendly washing powder solution?

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

I was watching It’s Not Easy Being Green last week and they featured soapnut shells. As a busy Mum who gets more and more horrified at the soaring costs of washing powder each time I go shopping, my little Mummy ears pricked up in eager interest when they said soapnuts were very cheap. We’re also […]




2009 March

Archive for March, 2009

Cheap toys can be eco-friendly

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

This year, the credit crunch means that many of us will be searching for cheaper alternatives and value for money. However, this doesn’t mean that you are restricted to only buy cheap plastic toys. Environmentally-friendly wooden toys that will last well beyond your little one’s birthday and they always make wonderful […]




2009 June

Archive for June, 2009

China recruits algae to combat climate change

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Guardian reports that Chinese firm behind ambitious plan to breed microalgae in greenhouse with the potential to absorb carbon emissions.

The garish gunk coursing through a greenhouse filled with transparent pipes appears to belong on the set of a particularly slimy episode of Star Trek.
Multiplying rapidly as it flows through tubes, stacked 14 high in […]

US House passes climate change bill

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The United States took its first step towards reducing carbon emissions on Friday night when the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that would set the country’s first ever limits on its greenhouse gas production.
President Barack Obama hailed the vote, which scraped through by a 219-212 tally, as a “bold and necessary step” that […]

Tiptheplanet

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Tiptheplanet is a project to create a green wiki website that encourages discussion and the generation of tips that benefit you and the planet. From tips for individuals about staying happy and healthy to tips for multi-national companies on how to limit their carbon footprints, all with accompanying explanations.

Gordon Browns Roadmap to Copenhagen speech

Monday, June 29th, 2009

There are very few moments in history when nations are summoned to common decisions that will reshape the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet for generations to come. When leaders have to consider not just what will deliver fairness in their generation, but fairness between the generations too.
• the creation of […]

Brown climate speech – Greenpeace respond

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Commenting on today’s climate change speech by Gordon Brown, Greenpeace Chief Scientist Dr Doug Parr said:
“Brown is right when he says the scale of the money on the table for the developing world will make or break Copenhagen. By becoming the first major leader to put a figure on how much money is needed he […]

Barack Obama pleads with Congress to pass historic climate change bill

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Package that would slash US emissions likely to win approval despite opposition from Republicans and Democrat rebels
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Spread the 350 Word

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Can a Number Save the World?
It can if that number is 350. That’s the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: 350 parts per million (ppm).
Already, churches are ringing their bells 350 times and Buddhist monks have formed a huge 350 with their bodies against the backdrop of the Himalayas. People are […]

350.org New Video

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Join in……

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How climate change is already affecting us

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The following is an excerpt from a New Yorker article about James Hansen, NASA’s head climate scientist, by Elizabeth Kolbert:

During the past few years, researchers around the world have noticed a disturbing trend: the planet is changing faster than had been anticipated. Antarctica, for example, had not been expected to show a net loss of […]

Stations in £5m drive to get rail passengers onto bikes

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Hmmm this is a good idea….
Major railway stations will be offered the chance to become “cycling hubs”, with extra bike racks and repair shops, under government plans to boost the appeal of two-wheeled travel among train passengers.
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