Appleby sponsor trees and shrubs they help plant at North Plantation

April 7th, 2014 by Appleby

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, in light blue shirt, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand – image courtesy of Appleby)

The final stages of the North Plantation’s makeover was completed on Sunday 6 April 2014 with a replanting of the southern end of the flower bed next to the Guernsey Information Centre.

Three hollies were removed and replaced with nine species of shrub and tree including Phoenix palms, Viburnum, Hebe, Hydrangea, and three Golden Yews to add brightness and colour.

The North Plantation planting forms part of the St Peter Port entry into the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Continue reading

Sous Les Courtils, Vazon to close from 7 to 11 April for sewer repair

April 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water will be closing Sous Les Courtils, Vazon from 7 to 11 April 2014 in order to carry out repairs to a surface water sewer.

The utility has been carrying out investigations into the sewerage system in this area after the heavy rainfall and high tides of January and February 2014 led to some localised flooding.

A section of sewer has been identified as a potential cause for some of these problems, and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.

The utility anticipated carrying out the works immediately, but due to the spring tides forecast for the next few days, a decision was made to defer the works for another week.

The road will therefore remain under a one-way traffic flow restriction, currently in place due to an existing excavation, until the closure begins on 7th April 2014.

Mark Walker, Acting director of water services  said “the expected spring tide could have a negative impact on the repairs and lead to further problems, so it was felt sensible to wait until the tide had reverted to a neap tide.”

If customers do notice that there is no work going on in the road over the next few days despite being one-way, this is the reason.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these important works may cause to customers.”

Further information on traffic management arrangements is online at www.iris.gov.gg.

 

Guernsey charities promote healthy lifestyle to reduce bowel cancer rate

March 31st, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Members of Guernsey's media taking part in the Bowel Awareness month challenge with their physical fitness adviser and nutritonist (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Members of Guernsey’s media taking part in the Bowel Awareness month challenge with their physical fitness adviser and nutritonist (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Male Uprising Guernsey and Bowel Cancer Guernsey have set the challenge ‘30 days to a new you’ for five local media volunteers during April, which is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.

The two charities have joined forces to drive home the message that adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid bowel cancer.

Bowel Cancer is Guernsey’s third most common cancer with around 40 to 45 new cases diagnosed each year.

According to Cancer Research UK studies show that exercise could reduce colon cancer risk by about a quarter.

By maintaining a healthy weight, the risk of developing the disease could be as much as halved, compared to people who are overweight and don’t exercise. Continue reading

Changing the climate with what you eat

March 30th, 2014 by Chalmers

Greenhouse gas emissions from food production may threaten the UN climate target of limiting global warming to 2° Celsius, according to research at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which is published in “The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets” in the Journal of Climate Change.

On Monday 31 March 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents their report on the impacts of climate change.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors currently account for the largest share of climate pollution.

However, a study from Chalmers now shows that eliminating these emissions would not guarantee staying below the UN limit.

Emissions from agriculture threaten to keep increasing as global meat and dairy consumption increases.

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The line shows how much total emissions must be reduced to meet the 2°C target with large certainty. The bars show future agricultural emissions at current trends (blue), if agricultural productivity increases and technical measures are implemented (orange), and if technical measures are combined with a 75 % reduction in meat and dairy consumption (green). The distance between the bars and the line shows the total possible magnitude of emissions from energy, transport, industry and deforestation. Image: Fredrik Hedenus (click graph to expand)

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Economic benefits from smoke-free laws and tobacco control policies

March 28th, 2014 by The Lancet

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cigarette smoking litter on St Peter Port street (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe has been quickly followed by large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma, according to the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke-free legislation on child health, published in the paper ‘Effect of smoke-free legislation on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis‘ in the The Lancet.

The analysis of 11 studies done in North America and Europe, involving more than 2.5 million births, and nearly 250 000 asthma exacerbations, showed that rates of both preterm births and hospital attendance for asthma were reduced by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws coming into effect.

Currently only 16% of the world’s population is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws, and 40% of children worldwide are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke.

To date, most studies have looked at the impact of smoking bans on adult outcomes, but children account for more than a quarter of all deaths and over half of all healthy years of life lost due to exposure to second-hand smoke. Continue reading

World Meteorological Organisation reports on global weather in 2013

March 25th, 2014 by World Meteorological Organization

Blizzard conditions on Fort Road, St Peter Port on 11 March 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Blizzard conditions on Fort Road, St Peter Port on 11 March 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The year 2013 demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate.

The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.

It provided a snapshot of regional and national temperatures and extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations – all inter-related and consistent indicators of our changing climate.

Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century, and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, culminating with 2001-2010 as the warmest decade on record. Continue reading

Tree care volunteers requested to help establish trees at St Germain, Castel on 29 March 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey

2014 M03 290314 Tree Care Army 370 px SGB em

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You are invited to a Tree Care Army morning at the Sigma Wood at St Germain, Castel beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday 29 March 2014.

Please wear boots and gloves and if possible bring garden tools such as a spade, shovel, wheelbarrow, bucket or hoe.

Volunteers plan to complete the weeding of the new trees and place wood chip mulch around them to aid their growth and Continue reading

Commemorative Cycle for Sarah from St Peter Port on 6 April 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey

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(please click image to open and download a PDF file of the flyer)

A commemorative cycle ride for Sarah with begin at 10 a.m. on 6 April 2014 from Albert Pier in St Peter Port.

The 24 mile leisurely cycle ride will cross the island to Cobo and then head around the north of the island.

Donations for the Sarah Groves Foundation are welcome.

Open Garden at Grange Court on 4 May 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey

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Mr and Mrs Pat Johnson are opening their Grange Court garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 4 May 2014 for a £5 gate fee in aid of Bridge2 and in conjunction with Floral Guernsey.

Sueco will be serving Sunday Lunch in a wrap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for donations at the tent.

Bridge2 will sell cream teas, homemade cakes, teas and coffees and soft drinks all day.

GU10 will provide musical entertainment.

There will be an Intransit Shuttle Service from North Beach car park to Lukis House in return for a donation to Bridge2.

And there will be a ShelterBox tent in the grounds with information about ShelterBox’s work and how Bridge2 worked with the disaster relief charity in the Philippines.

Highview Power Storage liquid air energy storage will be commercial scale in 2015

March 21st, 2014 by Highview Power Storage

Highviews 350kW liquid a

Highview’s 350kW/2.5 MWh Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) pilot plant located at SSE’s 80MW Biomass Plant on the Slough Industrial Estate. It has been operational on the grid since 2011. (click image to expand – image courtesy of Highview Power Storage)

GE Oil & Gas has signed a global licensing and technology collaboration agreement with Highview Power Storage, a U.K supplier of large-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) systems.

The companies will explore opportunities to integrate Highview’s LAES technology in peaker power plants where GE gas turbines and gas engines are currently or will be installed to increase power plant efficiency, grid reliability and the distribution of renewable energy.

Highview’s LAES technology uses liquid air or nitrogen as the storage medium to provide long-duration energy storage without the geographical restrictions found with other energy storage methods.

The technology also can convert low-grade waste heat into power, increasing the overall efficiency of a host power plant. Continue reading