March 31st, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme
Government representatives, major industries and leading marine researchers have come together to make a new set of commitments to tackle the widespread problem of debris in the world’s seas and oceans.
Despite decades of efforts to prevent and reduce marine debris, such as discarded plastic, abandoned fishing nets and industrial waste, there is evidence that the problem continues to grow. A lack of co-ordination between global and regional programmes, deficiencies in the enforcement of existing regulations and unsustainable consumption and production patterns have aggravated the problem.
March 31st, 2011 by Frost and Sullivan
With the global push towards a greener world comes the awareness to decrease carbon emissions. Throughout many parts of Europe the dominant method of medical waste removal continues to be incineration. Although a successful and easy way to cope with medical waste, the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from incineration are leading European countries to search for alternative methods to dispose of this dangerous and hazardous material. In a new overview of the European Medical Waste Management Market, Frost & Sullivan analyzes the market exploring what the current situation is and what the new trends are.
March 31st, 2011 by Richard Lord
Hu2 Design produces wall stickers and art decals that can be applied around the home and office. The graphics are sharp and detailed. They are specifically designed to integrate with wall fittings.
The design is simple to apply. It is on a sheet which is rubbed to transfer the design onto a wall. The transfer produces no detectable relief so the designs look like they have been painted.
Hu2 Design offers a wide variety of helpful and whimsical designs but I particularly like the energy decals that can be applied around taps and light switches.
March 31st, 2011 by Sustainable Development Commission
The report finds that a society based on car mobility disadvantages people who do not drive or cannot afford to drive.
The report summary states that “some of society’s most vulnerable groups – including children, the elderly and people in low-income groups – are most likely to be affected by the negative effects of increased road traffic in the UK.”
Download the report or for the full summary visit the Sustainable Development Commission website.
March 31st, 2011 by Richard Lord
The company’s older diesel power station, C station, has open circuit cooling. C station produces the cloud of steam seen from The Bridge in St. Sampson.
The older diesel power station uses 0.88 cubic metres of water per MWh of electricity produced (0.88 litres per KWh or unit of electricity).
In 2010, C station used about 58 million litres of water to generate electricity. This usage varies considerably from year to year depending on electricity demand.
Steve Morris, Engineering Director for Guernsey Electricity Ltd., stated that the company’s gas turbine generators have closed circuit cooling so their water consumption is minimal.
All Guernsey Electricity’s new generators will employ closed circuit cooling. Guernsey Electricity’s latest diesel engine, 1 D, has closed circuit cooling as will the new generator expected on-line by 2013.
Guernsey Electricity Ltd. has recently commissioned a spring water recovery system. Tests show that the utility may expect to produce about 8 million litres of water from this source.
The water use of the C station generators will depend on Guernsey’s electricity demand, which is growing. However, Guernsey Electricity Ltd. expects its water use over time to decline as electricity from C station will be replaced with either imported electricity or with local generation employing closed-circuit cooling.
March 31st, 2011 by WaterLink International
As Japan’s nuclear power plant emergency has highlighted, water is needed in copious quantities to generate energy. To mark World Water Day, Sandra Postel (National Geographic) considers the huge water footprint of energy generation.
According to USGS, thermal power plants (fuelled by coal, oil, natural gas or uranium) account for 49% of water withdrawn.
We don’t think much about water when we flick on a light, power up our computer or open the fridge for a drink. But water has been consumed for almost every activity that uses energy – which includes almost everything we do.
The single biggest draw on US rivers and lakes is not toilets, golf courses or even irrigated farms: it’s thermal power plants that generate electricity to light our homes and cities, run appliances and factories and generally keep our plugged-in society humming.
March 31st, 2011 by European Commission
Almost 60% of EU citizens do not think their household produces too much waste, according to a Eurobarometer survey published on 28 March 2011. This is in stark contrast to statistics that show Europeans throw away on average more than half a tonne of rubbish each every year. The survey also reveals a lack of awareness of the amount of food waste generated.
Most citizens agreed that better waste collection services were needed and 8 in 10 said environmental aspects of a product, such as whether it was reusable or recyclable, were important factors in purchasing decisions.
March 30th, 2011 by WWF
March 30th, 2011 by Sustainable Development Commission
The Sustainable Development Commission has produced a final report on food matter’s, “Looking Back, Looking Forward – Sustainability and UK food policy 2000-2011“.
The report reviews progress towards sustainable food policy in the UK from 2000 to 2011 . It concludes that while progress has been made, not enough has occurred to dispel concern about failures to achieve systemic change.
March 30th, 2011 by Ecological Land Co-operative
The Ecological Land Co-operative have produced a publication that examines eight smallholdings with land-based businesses on ten acres or less. The report is available free as a digital file or can be purchased as a hard copy for £5.00.
Although the report is free as a digital file, the Ecological Land Co-operative is fundraising for their next research project, and would appreciate your support by helping them promote ecological farming in the UK.