Archive for April, 2013

Common whelk ‘sea wash balls’ on the Guernsey shore

April 30th, 2013 by Richard Lord

A litter pick-up on the sea shore of Champ Rouget, on the path north of the Chouet tea rooms, Vale found eight ‘sea wash balls‘ from the common whelk, Buccinum undatum, three ray (rajidae) mermaid’s purses (egg case), and one cuttlebone from Sepia officinalis.

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Eight ‘sea wash balls’ from whelks, three ray egg cases, and one cuttlebone were found during a beach clean on the sea shore at Champ Rouget, Chouet, Vale, Guernsey on 28 April 2013 (click image to expand)

A similar beach clean on the same stretch of shore on 17 February 2013 revealed only three mermaid’s purses and no whelk ‘sea wash balls’.

The common whelk, Buccinum undatum, usually lives on a sea floor of soft sediment. It is one of the larger marine snails in British waters.

Male and female whelks copulate between October and May depending on location in British Isle marine waters, and eggs are deposited in capsules that are glued together to form ‘sea wash balls’. These can be up to 50 cm by 25 cm Continue reading

Ian Brown’s 30in30 Cycle Challenge cyclists focus on raising money for Les Bourgs Hospice

April 27th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Guernsey cyclists wearing bright orange jerseys congregated at St Emilion Restaurant on the St Peter Port waterfront at 8 am on 27 April 203 to begin Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop 30in30 Cycle Challenge in aid of Les Bourgs Hospice.

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30in30 cyclists bicycles parked outside St Emilion restaurant on the St Peter Port waterfront (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Ian Brown began by asking for a moment of silence in memory of David Allison, who was killed while cycling to work on 26 April 2013, and to keep his family in our thoughts.

Ian Brown's 30in 30 Cyclists gathered at St Emilion restaurant to begin the cycle challenge (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ian Brown Cycle Shop’s 30in30 Cycling Challenge cyclists gathered at St Emilion restaurant to hear Ian Brown and Mira Domaille speak about raising the maximum amount of funds for Les Bourgs Hospice (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Ian Brown said there are fifty-four 30in30 Cycle Challenge cyclists this year with the late addition of Brendan Clouston, Steve O’Connor, and Dave Smart. Continue reading

Continued concern over incinerator emissions at Whispers Vinery

April 26th, 2013 by Paul Aitchison

A view of the Whispers Vinery chimneys off Rue des Goddards, Castel on 9 July 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A view of the Whispers Vinery chimneys off Rue des Goddards, Castel on 9 July 2011 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The privately owned and operated Whispers Vinery waste wood incinerator at Vazon Bay had operated from March 2011 but following complaints from local residents about pungent smoke, and following emission testing, the plant was shut down after three months.

In December 2012, the States of Guernsey gave the go-ahead for the waste wood incinerator to restart operations.

This decision may have been partly driven by a desire to divert 1000 tonnes of waste wood each year from the Mont Cuet landfill.

Valerie Cameron, Director of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation, assured local residents that the Continue reading

Solar PV provides enough electrical power to brew entire range of beers

April 25th, 2013 by Wieckse

Photovoltaic panels from SolarAccess cover the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (click image to expand - image courtesy of Wieckse)

Photovoltaic panels from SolarAccess cover the Wieckse brewery roof in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Wieckse)

Wieckse, market leader in the Dutch weiss beer segment, will brew beers using solar power as the sole source of energy.

This will be highlighted on new packaging that will appear in supermarkets, bars and restaurants from April 2013.

A total of 3,632 solar panels have been installed on the roof of their brewery in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

The nominal solar power capacity is 908 kWp and the system is expected to produce 855,000 kWh of electricity every year.

This is enough to provide all the electrical power required by the brewing processes for the company’s entire range of beers Continue reading

The Crown Estate launches Wave & Tidal Knowledge Network website

April 25th, 2013 by The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate has launched a the Wave and Tidal Knowledge Network website to support industry collaboration in the emerging wave and tidal industry.

The website will make it easier for organisations to share information with each other and help deliver industry growth.

The coverage of the Knowledge Network is broad, and includes such topics as environmental impacts and consents, grid connection and health and safety.

The website has been designed in close consultation with the industry and initially features over 900 references, with the content to be expanded in future.

The references have been contributed by over 30 organisations based in the UK and overseas.

The Knowledge Network has been developed by The Crown Estate in partnership with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), stemming from an initiative of the DECC Marine Energy Programme Board.

The system is open access and much of the information is available to download immediately, free of charge.

In addition, the website gives links to external sources of information available on a commercial basis.

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure, at The Crown Estate speaking at the RenewableUK Wave & Tidal conference in London on 27 February 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure, at The Crown Estate speaking at the RenewableUK Wave & Tidal conference in London on 27 February 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Rob Hastings, Director of the Energy & Infrastructure Portfolio at The Crown Estate, said “The Crown Estate is committed to working in partnership with the wave and tidal industry and is keen to encourage greater collaboration within the industry itself.”

“Building on our experience of similar initiatives for offshore wind, we believe the Knowledge Network will bring significant benefits, making it easier for organisations to learn from each other, saving them time and money in the process,” he said.

RT Hon Greg Barker at Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State for Climate Change,  said “The Crown Estate’s new Wave and Tidal Knowledge Network is a great way for industry to share latest developments and expertise.”

Greg Barker of the UK's Department for Energy and Climate Change addresses the RenewableUK Wave & Tidal Conference in London on 27 February 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Greg Barker, UK Minister of State for Climate Change, addresses the RenewableUK Wave & Tidal Conference in London on 27 February 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“This kind of collaboration is vital for further growth in this sector and will help bring a range of exciting and innovative technologies to market,” he said.

“Wave and tidal power has an important part to play in our low carbon energy mix and the UK is already leading the marine energy global race. We need to capitalise on growth so far and I am delighted that The Crown Estate and my Department are working together to ensure we can help industry keep up the momentum.”

 

MARPOL must ban discharge at sea of polyisobutylene which is killing European sea birds

April 24th, 2013 by Alderney Wildlife Trust

Guillemots, Uria aalge, washed up on Vazon beach on Guernsey's west coast on 26 January 2003 due to their plumage being covered by oil (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guillemots, Uria aalge, washed up on Vazon beach on Guernsey’s west coast on 26 January 2003 due to their plumage being covered by oil (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On 22 April 2013 the Alderney Wildlife Trust recovered a dead Guillemot from Braye Harbour in Alderney.

This is the first bird recorded in the Channel Islands that is believed to have been killed by Polyisobutylene (PIB).

The discovery of this bird occurred at the same time as it was announced that over the previous seven days one thousand seabirds with PIB on them had been found dead on the south-west coast of England.

Dead guillemot which was recovered from Braye Harbour, Alderney on 22 April 2013 (click image to expand - image courtesy of the Alderney Wildlife Trust)

A dead guillemot which was recovered from Braye Harbour, Alderney on 22 April 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of the Alderney Wildlife Trust)

Nineteen species have been recorded as having been affected by this pollution incident so far with the hundreds of birds found dead and dying along the coast including large numbers Continue reading

Scripps tweets daily atmospheric C02 reading as it nears 400 ppm

April 23rd, 2013 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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(click on graph to expand – graph courtesy of Scripps C02 program)

For the first time in human history, concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) could rise above 400 parts per million (ppm) for sustained lengths of time throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere as soon as May 2013.

To provide a resource for understanding the implications of rising CO2 levels, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is providing daily updates of the “Keeling Curve,” the record of atmospheric CO2 measured at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa.

These iconic measurements, begun by Charles David (Dave) Keeling, a world-leading authority on atmospheric greenhouse gas accumulation and Scripps climate science pioneer, comprise the longest continuous record of CO2 in the world, Continue reading

Guernsey Environment Department promoting four organised beach cleaning weekends

April 23rd, 2013 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Pembroke beach, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Pembroke beach, L’Ancresse, Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Environment Department is promoting four weekends of beach cleans for volunteers in 2013.

The first one takes place on Sunday 28 April 2013 starting at 11 am at L’Ancresse.

This is the Marine Conservation Society’s Big Beach Clean up which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer and will take no more than two hours.

This is a new event for Guernsey and everyone is welcome to come along and help out with the beach clean and a survey of the litter found.

Please give the Environment Services Unit a call on 717200 by 5 pm Friday 26 April 2013 if you plan to take part. Continue reading

Gearing up for the 2013 Ian Brown 30in30 Cycle Challenge to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

April 23rd, 2013 by Ian Brown

Some of Ian Brown's 2013 30in30 bicycle challenge riders (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of Ian Brown’s 2013 30in30 challenge bicycle riders who will raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The sixth Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop 30in30 Challenges will be taking place again starting on Saturday 27 April 2013.

Most participants will ride their bikes for one hour each day over 30 consecutive days raising money for Les Bourgs Hospice, although some riders have stated they will cycle 30 miles per day, and rider who cycled 30 miles per day last year, is aiming to cycle 40 miles per day for 30 days this year.

Day one begins with a group breakfast at St Emilion Restaurant at 8.00 am. Continue reading

Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April

April 22nd, 2013 by Kars4Kids

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A History of Earth Day by Kars4Kids (click to expand – image courtesy of Kars4Kids.org)

Earth Day, which was established in 1970, occurs on the 22 April each year.

Kars4Kids, which recycles cars, has produced a timeline showing the history of Earth Day and lists some of the activities people and communities engage in during the annual celebration.