Archive for March, 2010

Micro or Macro generation – to subsidise or not?

March 13th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Much like the California Gold Rush in 1848, the introduction of Ontario’s renewable energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program in October 2009 prompted an all out race for renewable energy companies of all sizes to secure commercial rooftops across the Canadian province.

Through what is being regarded as the strongest Feed-in Tariff program in the world, the Ontario government has committed to paying up to 80.2 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity generated by solar rooftop systems for a guaranteed contracted period of 20 years. This is a staggering number when you consider that the Canadian government sells the same electricity back to the end user for as little as .05 cents per kilowatt hour……… Read the article in Renewable Energy World.com

George Monbiot writes in The Guardian on 11 March 2010 that the renewables scheme that the UK is importing from Germany has been a disaster there.

George Monbiot writes in his article The German Disease “Against my instincts I’ve come to oppose solar photovoltaic power (PV) in the UK, and the feed-in tariffs designed to encourage it, because the facts show unequivocally that this is a terrible investment. There are much better ways of spending the rare and precious revenue that the tariffs will extract from our pockets. If we are to prevent runaway climate change, we have to ensure that we get the biggest available bang for our buck: in other words the greatest cut in greenhouse gas production from the money we spend.  Money spent on ineffective solutions is not just a waste: it’s also a lost opportunity…..

What Do We Know About Climate Change?

March 12th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Professor Paul Connett’s Guernsey Presentation on Zero Waste

March 12th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Paul Connett, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in New York State, USA, visited Guernsey from 23 to 26 February 2010.  On the evening of 23 February he gave a presentation on “Zero Waste: A Stepping Stone to a Sustainable Guernsey” to an audience of almost 400 people at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre theatre.

The first video takes the audience to slide 6 in Paul Connett’s presentation

Video Two takes the audience to Power Point slide 54

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National Tree Week from 27 November to 5 December 2010

March 12th, 2010 by Richard Lord

National Tree Week from 27 November to 5 December 2010 is the UK’s largest tree celebration.  It launches the start of the winter tree planting season.

National Tree Week is a chance for communities to improve their local treescape.

To become a Guernsey Tree Warden contact the local co-ordinator or The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees

Lost Life: England’s Lost and Threatened Species

March 12th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Natural England has produced a 56 page report “Lost Life: England’s Lost and Threatened Species” to coincide with the International Year of Biodiversity.  The report identifies nearly 500 animals and plants that have become extinct in England in the last 200 years or so.

The report highlights the main impacts of biodiversity loss: habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and inappropriate management.

Atmospheric C02 levels

March 11th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Tyndall 200 widget is named in honour of John Tyndall. This is the Irish scientist who, in 1859, built the world’s first ratio spectrophotometer and identified the natural greenhouse effect that is now recognized as an essential condition of life on Earth.

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere

Support for Waste Minimisation in the States of Deliberation on 26 February 2010

March 11th, 2010 by Scott Ogier

Deputy Scott Ogier Asks the Assembly to Support the Waste Minimisation Strategy

“Well it was a close vote, very close, 21 votes in fact, and I know of those 21 none will change their minds, none of the abstentions will change, which leaves the remaining 20 who voted against the Mary Lowe Amendment.  Now 21-20 is a little too close for me, and I do not want split voting when it comes to waste minimisation methods because we will be up a particular waterway without a particular implement.

I would like to see some members of the Assembly showing their support for what is now the new strategy.  Those perhaps who voted with a heavy heart can now show that support,  and I said to bring in a comprehensive waste minimisation strategy we would need to involve everyone, draw everyone on-board, Commerce, Industry, households, community, media, and it starts here tonight with Members.  I ask Members to get behind this strategy because it will make it very difficult for us to persuade everyone else we need to persuade to get behind the kinds of measures required.  So I ask Members to give this approach a rousing mandate to drive it forward and show the island we are committed to driving this through.  I urge members to support, and get behind the requete and give the island the hope that it needs.”

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Deputy Scott Ogier asks the Assembly to support the Waste Minimisation strategy

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Earth Hour 2010

March 9th, 2010 by Richard Lord

In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.

Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.

Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

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Sustainability Live! at the NEC, Birmingham 20 to 22 April 2010

March 9th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Sustainability Live! is a trade show exhibition and conference.  The event at the NEC in Birmingham between 20 and 22 April 2010 covers some of the leading issues facing 21st century businesses, including the energy crisis, environmental processes, sustainability and water supply.  For more information visit http://www.sustainabilitylive.com/

National Moth Night is 15 May 2010

March 8th, 2010 by Richard Lord

National Moth Night (NMN) is in its twelfth year and has become a fixture on the wildlife calendar. National Moth Night 2010 will be held on Saturday 15th May with the theme of Moths and Bats. This event will be organised jointly by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation (through the Moths Count team) and the Bat Conservation Trust. Joint moth and bat events will run across the UK, highlighting the links between these two groups of under-appreciated creatures of the night, both of which are showing worrying long-term declines. National Moth Night is a great opportunity to get out and do some recording or to organise an event for family, friends or the public to spread the word and raise awareness. All details are available at www.nationalmothnight.info including links to find bat experts who may be able to help at events. If you are organising an event, please submit the details via the NMN website so that it can be added to the online map.

Popular hawkmoth, Laothoe populi, on a Guernsey granite wall