Archive for November, 2012

Satellite telemetry shows average global sea level rising 60% faster than IPCC projections

November 30th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) while global temperature increases are in agreement with its best estimates.

This is shown in the paper “Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011” published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and his colleagues compared climate projections to actual observations from 1990 up to 2011.

The research suggests that the fact that the sea level is rising faster than expected could mean that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sea-level rise projections for the future may be on the low side.

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Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating

November 29th, 2012 by University of Washington

Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved a 60-foot deep canyon. People stand on its edge admiring the view (click image to expand - image courtesy of Dr Ian Joughin, University of Washington)

Forty-seven research scientists from 26 laboratories have reconciled their measurements of ice sheet changes in Antarctica and Greenland during the past two decades and found that ice has been lost faster during the last decade.

The results, published in the paper “A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance” in the journal Science, roughly halve the uncertainty and discard some conflicting observations.

“We are just beginning an observational record for ice,” said co-author Ian Joughin, a glaciologist in the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory who is lead author on an accompanying review article. Continue reading

Global businesses support putting a price on carbon emissions

November 29th, 2012 by University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

Over one hundred international companies, including Shell, Unilever, Cathay Pacific, EDF Energy, Braskem, Statoil, Swiss Re, Ricoh and Skanska, endorsed the Carbon Price Communiqué, which was presented on 19 November 2012 to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, and distinguished Ambassadors to the EU at an event in Brussels.

The Communiqué calls on policy makers to focus on achieving a clear, transparent and unambiguous global carbon price to underpin the investment needed to deliver substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

It the implementation of carbon pricing systems in some advanced developing countries and regions and calls for such measures to be expanded.

Connie Hedegaard said “we are fully supportive of this initiative from leading companies.”

The European experience confirms that putting a price on carbon stimulates emissions reduction.” Continue reading

GVS Meals on Wheels recipients receive free Christmas cards and local delivery from Guernsey Post

November 29th, 2012 by Guernsey Post Ltd.

Guernsey Post and the Guernsey Voluntary Service (GVS) have joined together to offer the recipients of the charity’s Meals on Wheels service the opportunity to have all of their Christmas cards delivered to friends and family within the Bailiwick of Guernsey free of charge.

The GVS Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver approximately 30,000 meals annually to Guernsey and Alderney’s elderly, sick and disabled.

The Charity, which provides a vital service for those who are unable to leave their homes or to cook for themselves, currently delivers to over 140 addresses within the Bailiwick.

Cassandra Morris, Guernsey Post’s Communications Manager said “by donating free charity Christmas cards and local stamps we hoped that we would be able to spread a little festive cheer, whilst helping those who might otherwise be unable to send their Christmas wishes to family and friends.” Continue reading

Cutting electricity use with energy efficiency measures is cheaper than generating more electricity

November 29th, 2012 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK Government has published proposals to dramatically reduce electricity demand across the whole UK economy.

Cutting the amount of electricity used in Britain’s homes, businesses and industry can be much cheaper than paying firms to supply it; saving money through lower bills and reducing the need for new generation capacity.

Just a 10% reduction in electricity demand could produce savings for the UK economy of around £4 billion in 2030, which would more than compensate for the cost of making efficiency investments upfront.

A 10% reduction in demand would also cut 4.5 megatonnes of carbon, equivalent to that produced by one large city in a year, and save an amount of electricity comparable to that generated by five power stations in a year. Continue reading

Guernsey Community Foundation’s third round of quarterly grants awarded to five charities

November 28th, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Five local projects have benefited from the third round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme which currently targets projects that work towards improving social inclusion.

Rows of crops with the Orchard House in the background at the Guernsey Botanical Trust Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Botanical Trust was granted £2,500 towards repairs to greenhouses in their walled gardens in Saumarez Park.

Once completed, these greenhouses will provide an all-weather facility for working in the garden. The Trust is working with offenders serving community service hours and is aiming to use their facilities as an educational resource, especially for youth groups.

Many retired people volunteer at the gardens, helping them avoid the feeling of isolation. Continue reading

Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants supporting Teenage Cancer Trust Guernsey Appeal in 2013

November 28th, 2012 by Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants

Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants are very proud to be partnering Teenage Cancer Trust’s Guernsey Appeal and sponsoring their Afternoon Tea event on 16 March 2013.

Teenage Cancer Trust was founded in 1989, with the Guernsey arm formed in 2011.

These organisations are devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. Their main aim is to make sure that patients are treated as young people first and cancer patients second.

About six people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. Continue reading

National Institute for Health states that walking and cycling should be the norm for short journeys

November 28th, 2012 by National Institute for Health and Clincial Excellence

Deputy Peter Harwood, Guernsey's Chief Minister, walks to work as often as he can (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Walking and cycling should become the norm for short journeys and should be encouraged throughout local communities says the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in guidance published in the report “Walking and Cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation” on 28 November 2012.

Local authorities, schools and workplaces should introduce ways to enable their communities to be more physically active and change their behaviours.

Regular physical activity is crucial to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

It can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50% according to the British Heart Foundation, and is also important for good mental health. Continue reading

Some harmful impacts of climate change are now inevitable so we need to prepare for adaptation

November 27th, 2012 by University of Southampton

The upstream side of the Thames Barrier to protect London from an exceptionally high tide and a tidal surge caused by low air pressure (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Uncertainty about how much the climate is changing is not a reason to delay preparing for the harmful impacts of climate change said Professor Jim Hall of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and colleagues at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, writing in Nature Climate Change.

The costs of adapting to climate change, sea-level and flooding include the upfront expenses of upgrading infrastructure, installing early-warning systems, and effective organisations, as well as the costs of reducing risk, such as not building on flood plains. Continue reading

OECD report looks at ways to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation

November 27th, 2012 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

(please click on report cover to go to OECD report page - cover ©sevaljevic/Fotolia; ©Sport Moments/Fotolia; ©Stihl024/Fotolia)

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted.

On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Though new technologies have allowed greater resource efficiencies, over the past 25 years the volume of natural resources extracted has increased 65%. Continue reading