March 31st, 2012 by Deutsche Bank International Ltd.
The ‘Keith Dawber Memorial Bursary’ is being re-launched for musicians in Guernsey wishing to study classical music at university or college.
Guernsey residents who intend to pursue further studies relating specifically to instrumental or vocal classical music are encouraged to apply for a bursary that is returning for the second consecutive year.
March 31st, 2012 by Vallourec
Developed by Vallourec’s research and development teams, this technology means that offshore wind turbine foundations can be installed with less effort, noise and at a lower depth, compared to the two existing solutions.
The area needed to install the PREON® marine system is considerably smaller than that of the “gravity system” based on concrete foundations. The lighter system with a smaller external pile diameter is drilled approximately 20 metres into the seabed, compared with the usual 60 metres of systems with anchoring piles. Continue reading
March 31st, 2012 by General Motors
The Vauxhall Ampera, European Car of the Year 2012, has a sophisticated propulsion system, which offers drivers all the benefits of electric driving, without any of the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles (EVs).
The Ampera is not a hybrid. Electricity powers the wheels of the Ampera at all times, with a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeding an advanced 150PS electric drive unit, delivering between 25 to 50 miles of battery-powered electric drive and zero tailpipe emissions. Continue reading
March 31st, 2012 by RenewableUK
RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind, wave and tidal industry, has hailed the publication of UK Government figures as a clear demonstration of the significant role wind power now plays in Britain’s energy mix.
Wind power capacity increased by over a gigawatt in 2011, and output increased by over 5.3 gigawatt-hours to 15.5GWh – equivalent to the annual demand of 4.7 million homes.
March 30th, 2012 by British Ecological Society
Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals – actually work.
Their study “First evidence that marine protected areas can work for marine mammals” published in the British Ecological Society‘s Journal of Applied Ecology, was based on 21 years’ of monitoring.
The study reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand has significantly improved survival of Hector’s dolphins, Cephalorhynchus hectori, which is one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins.
Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary covers 1170 square kilometres of sea off New Zealand’s South Island. The sanctuary was designated in 1988 to prevent the dolphins being killed by gillnet and trawl fisheries, which had reduced their numbers to less than 30% of their original population. Continue reading
March 30th, 2012 by Society for General Microbiology
Bacteria could be exploited to recapture dwindling phosphate reserves from wastewater according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin in late March 2012.
Phosphorus – in the form of phosphate – is essential for all living things as a component of DNA and RNA and its role in cellular metabolism. Around 38 million tonnes of phosphorus are extracted each year from rock. Most of this extracted phosphorus goes into the production of fertilizers to replace the phosphates that plants remove from the soil. However, it is a scare natural resource and current estimates suggest that reserves of phosphate rock may only last for the next 45-100 years. Continue reading
March 29th, 2012 by Guernsey Disability Alliance
Everyday, in all aspects of life, disabled people are routinely discriminated against in Guernsey.
We believe that in order to achieve true equality and social inclusion, we need to change attitudes in society, and we need laws.
A bit like seat belts, everyone knew they made sense, but many didn’t wear them until there was a law.
The majority of the world’s population is now legally protected against disability discrimination – 153 nations have signed the UN convention.
To highlight the gap further, there are 79 English speaking nations and island states with a combined population of two billion people.
Only two of these, the Falkland Islands and Guernsey, have not at least begun the process to protect disabled people in this way.
Guernsey requires a law to protect against disability discrimination.
March 29th, 2012 by DEFRA
Less than half of major UK companies have plans in place to protect them from climate change even though over 80% of businesses say climate change is a substantial risk to them, new research commissioned by Defra has found.
Environment Minister Lord Taylor has today called on investors and shareholders to keep the pressure on their business interests to prepare for climate change so they can achieve long-term growth.
The research, carried out on behalf of Defra by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), found that while 80% of FTSE 100 companies surveyed identified substantial risks to their business from climate change, only 46% said they have included adaptation plans in their business strategies. Continue reading
March 29th, 2012 by Andrew J. Gunther and James J. McCarthy
We are scientists who agree with critics such as US Senator James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, that there is a climate change “hoax” being perpetrated on the American people.
We just don’t agree on what the hoax is and who is being fooled.
Senator Inhofe and his associates want us to believe that the science of climate change is the contrived “hoax.”
Their claims cannot withstand even the most cursory scrutiny.
Does this “hoax” date back to 1896, when Nobel Laureate Svante Arrhenius presented his findings that human activities releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could change Earth’s climate? Continue reading
March 28th, 2012 by Volunteer.gg
Volunteer.gg provides an easy and convenient online platform for Guernsey volunteers and charities to connect with each other.
Guernsey has over 360 registered charities. Demand for volunteer support often exceeds available ‘helping hands’ and looking to find the right cause, or looking for the right occasion or event to help at can be difficult.
Charities can register and ‘own’ their own information page, as well as post important events or occasions requiring volunteers.
Importantly, communication between the charity and volunteer is direct.
With adequate enthusiasm from charities (in keeping their needs regularly updated) and the volunteer sector, we hope that Volunteer.gg will become the first stop for Guernsey’s ‘helping hands’.