Archive for October, 2011

Fine particulate matter air pollution raises risk of lung cancer death in never-smokers

October 31st, 2011 by American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Long-term exposure to air pollution containing fine particles of soot, dirt, smoke and other materials causes a small but measurable increase in lung cancer among men and women who have never smoked, according to researchers in Canada and the United States, who studied the association between long-term exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution and lung cancer death among 188,699 men and women.

Car exhaust gases are a major source of Guernsey's air pollution. Cars emit benezene, nitrogen dioxide, Benzoapyrene and particles (PM 10s and PM 2.5s) (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The findings were published online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Continue reading

Renewable energy technologies will create new jobs and aid economic recovery

October 31st, 2011 by Tony Juniper

“I used to come to these meeting twenty years ago and it didn’t look like this, with mainstream companies doing serious work investing in new technologies and making a real difference in the world.”

Tony Juniper, Chairman of Action for Renewables, gave the Keynote speech on the first day of the RenewableUK conference in Manchester (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Twenty years ago it was very much a fringe industry, but it is not only in clean energy technologies that the world has changed over the last 30 years or so since I have been involved in various aspects of environmental campaigning.

“The world really has changed dramatically. A combination of factors have contributed to this.  The science has improved. We know a great deal more now about the impacts of our different activities on the natural environment. We’ve had strong communications coming from NGOs and the media.  We’ve had engagement from politics and if you look at the combination of those things – how they have galvanised public opinion and motivated people to get involved, you can see on some of the big global challenges, and on some of the issues that affect people locally we have made progress. Continue reading

Matthew Chinn of Siemens outlines the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s wind energy industry

October 30th, 2011 by Events

Siemens were core sponsors for the RenewableUK annual conference held in Manchester from 25 to 27 October 2011.

Matthew Chinn, Managing Director, Siemens Energy Sector in the UK and North West Europe, welcomed RenewableUK delegates to Manchester on behalf of Siemens.

Matthew Chinn of Siemens addresses delegates at the RenewableUK annual conference in Manchester on 25 October 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Manchester is a special town for Siemens,” he said.  Of the 19,000 people Siemens employs in the UK, 2000 are here in Manchester.

Siemens has recently started construction on its Renewable Energy Engineering (REE) centre, which within the next 12 to 18 months will employ an additional 340 engineers dedicated solely to building out, and creating solutions for connecting wind farms to the grid here in the UK, and in Europe, and also in North America.” Continue reading

US NOAA study shows that human-caused climate change causes more frequent Mediterranean droughts

October 28th, 2011 by United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

In the last 20 years, ten of the driest 12 winters have taken place in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

Winter precipitation trends in the Mediterranean region for the period 1902 - 2010 (Click graph to expand - ©United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

“The magnitude and frequency of the drying that has occurred is too great to be explained by natural variability alone,” said Martin Hoerling, Ph.D. of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, lead author of a paper “On the Increased Frequency of Mediterranean Drought” published online in the Journal of Climate in October 2011. Continue reading

Renewable energy sources could meet from 60 to 90% of the UK’s electricity demand by 2030

October 28th, 2011 by WWF

(click on the report cover to download the report to your computer)

The report “Positive Energy: how renewable electricity can transform the UK by 2030” by WWF has said that renewable sources of energy could meet between 60 to 90% of the UK’s electricity demand by 2030, and recommends that the UK government sets its target at no less than 60% for renewable energy generation to provide certainty for investors. Continue reading

The Guernsey Bicycle Group organise high visibility bicycling event on 30 October 2011

October 28th, 2011 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

The Guernsey Bicycle Group remind everyone about the clocks changing on 30 October 2011 and the need for bicyclists and walkers to keep visible on Guernsey roads during the longer winter nights.

Members of the Guernsey Bicycle Group gather to promote safe winter cycling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A group of Guernsey bicyclists will meet at the start of the bicycle lane near the North Beach Car Park entrance in St. Peter Port at 11 am on Sunday 30 October 2011 in an eye-catching array of clothing and lighting for an easy-going bicycle ride to St Sampson’s High School and back.

This will be a visual reminder of the need to be visible on Guernsey roads during the darker winter months.  Everyone is welcome to participate.

If you would like to know more about the event please call GBG press officer Rollo de Sausmarez on 07781 144 144 or email: rollo @ healthspan.co.uk

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) exists for the benefit of all by encouraging the use of bicycles and other environmentally friendly forms of transport to reduce the adverse effects of the internal combustion engine. GBG is a voluntary group working for the community.

Our Objectives:

  • to promote improved facilities for cyclists and walkers
  • to encourage the community to embrace sustainable forms of transport
  • to support measures to promote cycling and walking as well as public transport and car sharing
  • to co-ordinate and focus the efforts of individuals and other groups that share our aims

Resolution Ltd provides funding for Floral Guernsey

October 28th, 2011 by Floral Guernsey

A MAJOR sponsorship deal has been struck to secure the future of Floral Guernsey.

Resolution Limited, the FTSE 100 listed company which owns the Friends Life insurance group, is Guernsey incorporated, and has agreed to help the local charity, as part of its corporate social responsibility policy, and to ensure its involvement in the local Guernsey community. Continue reading

The Big Soup Kitchen Challenge in aid of Bridge 2 Sri Lanka and the GSPCA on 6 December 2011

October 28th, 2011 by Events

The Big Soup Kitchen Challenge in aid of Bridge 2 Sri Lanka and the GSPCA takes place between midday and 2 pm on 6 December 2011 outside the east side of the Town Church, St Peter Port, Guernsey next to The Albion.

(click on image to download flyer)

The soup kitchen will be open by 11.30 am by His Excellency Air Marshall Peter Walker and his wife Lynda.

Come and taste some delicious soups prepared and served by some of Guernsey’s top chefs.  Vote on your favourite soup to enable the top scoring soup to win the chef the coveted plate.

Last year’s winner was James Ferguson of Sueco Outside Catering with a spiced Sri Lankan lentil soup.

Quiz night to raise funds for The Friends of DofE Guernsey on 11 November 2011

October 28th, 2011 by Events

The Friends of DofE Guernsey are holding a quiz night for teams of four to six people on Friday 11 November 2011 at St. Sampson’s High School beginning at 7.30 pm.

Tickets cost £7 per person for ‘friends’ of DofE Guernsey and £9 per person for ‘non-friends’.

Sign-up to become a friend of DofE Guernsey to get a reduced rate.

Please support young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the Islands.

There will be a Ploughman’s meal on the night plus raffle etc.

To book a table please contact Claire Cathcart on clairec @ gcfe.net or telephone 720408

(click on the DofE Guernsey logo to go to their Facebook page)

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, makes the case for renewable energy

October 26th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

In an outspoken attack on “green economy deniers”, Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaking at the RenewableUK Conference in Manchester, put the spotlight on the economic benefits to Britain of investing in green energy.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaks at the RenewableUK conference in Manchester on 26 October 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

He pointed to more than a hundred announcements in this financial year alone that add up to almost £1.7 billion in renewable energy investment and over 9,000 jobs in regions the length and breadth of the UK.

Chris Huhne attacked what he called “an unholy alliance of short-termists, armchair engineers, climate sceptics and vested interests who are selling the UK economy short”. Continue reading