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.
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.
November 29th, 2012 by 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.
“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
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
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
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
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.
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
November 28th, 2012 by Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants
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
November 28th, 2012 by National Institute for Health and Clincial Excellence
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
November 27th, 2012 by University of Southampton
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
November 27th, 2012 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
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