Archive for June, 2012

Wealthy nations may be disguising global shift in ecosystem services with short term fixes

June 30th, 2012 by Stanford University

Yellowstone is the USA’s oldest national park – it has been protected since 1872.

So when Stanford biology Professor Elizabeth Hadly saw several years ago that its wetland cover and amphibian populations were both declining, she was a little surprised.

“Practically its entire watershed is protected,” she said. “These changes weren’t caused by something from inside the park.”

Yellowstone was providing evidence to support a growing suspicion held by Professor Hadly and a large number of other prominent environmental scientists.

Most current predictions of environmental change are based on extrapolations from current trends.

But what if that isn’t an accurate picture of the future?

What if we are approaching a critical threshold – one that, once crossed, would lead to accelerated, widespread and largely unpredictable environmental degradations?

This is the conclusion of a paper, “Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere,” co-authored by Professor Hadly that Continue reading

Sustained growth on a finite planet is the essence of unsustainability

June 30th, 2012 by George Monbiot

In 1992 world leaders signed up to something called “sustainability”.

Few of them were clear about what it meant; I suspect that many of them had no idea.

Perhaps as a result, it did not take long for this concept to mutate into something subtly different: “sustainable development”.

Then it made a short jump to another term: “sustainable growth”.

And now, in the 2012 Earth Summit text that world leaders adopted, it has subtly mutated once more: into “sustained growth”.

This term crops up 16 times in the document, where it is used interchangeably with sustainability and sustainable development.

But if sustainability means anything, it is surely the opposite of sustained growth. Continue reading

10th European wave & tidal energy conference in September 2013

June 30th, 2012 by Events

The 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) takes place at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre in Aalborg, Denmark from 2 to 5 September 2013.

The conference is being hosted by Aalborg University

Conference Chair: Peter Frigaard

Conference timeline

3 September 2012: Call for abstracts

10 December 2012: 1st reminder of abstract deadline

20 December 2012: 2nd reminder of abstract deadline

3 January 2013: 3rd reminder of abstract deadline

7 January 2013: Deadline for abstract submission

11 February 2013: Abstract acceptance notification

11 February 2013: Conference registration opens

10 April 2013: Deadline for paper submission

10 July 2013: Paper acceptance notification

Registration: 11 February – 31 March 2013 – Early bird registration fee: 4000 DKK (~$US 700), students 2000 DKK

Submission: Abstract and paper submission as well as conference registration will be conducted through the conference portal.

There will be a provision for an exhibition.

(Please click on the logo to go to the EWTEC website)

 

European Wind Energy Association calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies

June 30th, 2012 by The European Wind Energy Association

The European Wind Energy Association urged EU Leaders at the EU summit on 28 June 2012 to:

  • Agree on investments in renewable energies, and end fossil fuel subsidies
  • Increase European Investment Bank capital to fund renewable energy
  • Agree on procedures to divert EU funding towards renewable energy projects
  • Earmark EU Cohesion and Research funds for renewable energy instead of gas which increases the EU’s already high energy import bill
  • Agree on a stable legislative framework for renewables up to 2030

“If EU leaders want to create jobs in Europe they should invest in renewable energies. If they want to create jobs in Russia Continue reading

Maritime spatial planning required for increased number of sea users

June 30th, 2012 by The European Wind Energy Association

(Please click on report cover to go to download page)

The report “Seanergy 2020 delivering offshore electricity to the EU” finds that the European Commission needs to encourage EU Member States to carry out maritime spatial planning, and co-operate on how they use their sea space, due to the growing number of users of Europe’s seas, including offshore renewable energy.

The Seanergy 2020 report, which was launched at EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels, and co-financed by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme, finds that currently there is little in the way of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe’s maritime states but Member States sharing the same sea basin would benefit from co-operation – and the European Commission could provide MSP through a Directive or guidelines. Continue reading

Predicting power of next wave could double amount of energy captured

June 28th, 2012 by University of Exeter

A wave erupts above the rocks at St Martin's Point, Guernsey on 1 February 2009 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The energy generated from our oceans could be doubled using new methods for predicting wave power.

Research led by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Renewable Energy, could pave the way for significant advancements in marine renewable energy, making it a more viable source of power.

The study, Wave energy converter control by wave prediction and dynamic programming, was carried out by a team of mathematicians and engineers from the University of Exeter and Tel Aviv University.

They devised a means of accurately predicting the power of the next wave in order to make the technology far more efficient, extracting twice as much energy as is currently possible. Continue reading

Guernsey’s Cardiac Action Group chosen as lead beneficiary for 2012 Skipton Swimarathon

June 27th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

Guernsey’s Cardiac Action Group is the unanimous choice as lead beneficiary for this year’s Skipton Swimarathon, to be held at Beau Sejour from 3 to 7 October 2012.

The decision was made by the Skipton Swimarathon Committee after reviewing a large number of high quality applications from a range of worthy causes in Guernsey.

The Guernsey Cardiac Action Group is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of heart disease in the Bailiwick but also to help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and improve the quality of life of cardiac patients.

Funds raised by the Skipton Swimarathon will be used to purchase and provide training for the use of twelve public access defibrillators, which will be placed at strategic locations through the community. Continue reading

Guernsey Mind’s strategic plan

June 27th, 2012 by Guernsey Mind

(please click the document cover to download the Guernsey Mind Strategic Plan to your computer)

Guernsey Mind is a Charitable Association run by a Management Committee of 11 elected volunteers. The Committee meet monthly to ensure that Guernsey Mind’s Services are run effectively and that our services and projects continue to adhere to our charitable objectives.

Guernsey Mind has one member of staff who is responsible for leading our strategic development and ensuring the appropriate management of service delivery. We are also lucky to be supported by a strong team of committed volunteers.

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CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity raises Guernsey funds from second hand designer clothes sale

June 27th, 2012 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Champness hosted a fundraising event selling designer clothes in aid of CLIC Sargent at Les Cotils, St Peter Port. Photographed (left to right) Jan Thomson, Val Read (CLIC Sargent), Joe Smale and Tracy Bisson (click image to expand - image courtesy of Saffery Champness)

Children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent has raised over £2,000 following the success of a second hand designer clothes sale on Saturday 16 June 2012.

The charity, which has recently been partnered by local fiduciary, funds and accountancy firm Saffery Champness, held a second hand clothes sale at Les Cotils offering a wide range of designer items donated by the public.

Clothing by Ralph Lauren, Armani, Karen Millen, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Prada was donated, as well as much more.

Helping the charity on the day were a number of Saffery Champness staff who sorted and labelled all of the clothes. Continue reading

Marguerite Paul’s Guernsey potato peel pie recipe

June 25th, 2012 by Richard Lord

Adam Dadeby and Dr David Fleming gave a presentation about peak oil and Tradable Energy Quotas to a Guernsey audience on 23 November 2007.

Mr. Dadeby said that he gained an inkling of what it might be like living in a world of future energy shortages by reading books on the occupation of Guernsey by German troops during World War II.

There was much deprivation during this time. Basic services and food we take for granted today were in short supply. Potato peelings were not to be wasted.

Marguerite Paul’s recipe, which uses Guernsey ingredients, is a tasty and luscious recipe.

Marguerite Paul with her potato peel pie in preparation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

During Arts Sunday on 17 June 2012 cookbook author Marguerite Paul gave tastings of her delicious potato peel pie recipe, which she said was inspired by the late Mary Ann Shaffer‘s best selling book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society‘ which tells a story set during the German occupation. Continue reading