Archive for July, 2013

Guernsey conference on managing mental well-being in the workplace

July 23rd, 2013 by Guernsey Mind

(Please click on Guernsey Mind Conference Programme to visit Guernsey Mind website)

(Please click on Guernsey Mind Conference Programme to visit Guernsey Mind website)

Guernsey Mind is holding a conference for local business leaders on cost-effective workplace management strategies to support mental well-being.

Mental Wellbeing is Every Employees Business‘ Conference with UK and Guernsey speakers takes place at Les Cotils on 24 September 2013.

John Curran, Guernsey Mind chairman, said “staff well-being is one of the most important factors in the quality, performance and productivity of any organisation.”

“It is a significant responsibility for today’s employers to understand and mitigate the risks to employees in relation to stress and well-being.”

“Such issues should be managed at an organisational level by senior managers,” Mr Curran said. Continue reading

Sea level likely to rise by 2 metres for each degree of global warming

July 15th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Ladies Bay, north coast of Guernsey on 22 June 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ladies Bay, north coast of Guernsey on 22 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Greenhouse gases emitted today will cause sea level to rise for centuries to come.

The paper “The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that each degree of global warming is likely to raise sea level by more than two meters in the future.

While thermal expansion of the ocean and melting mountain glaciers are the most important factors causing sea-level change today, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will be the dominant contributors within the next two millennia, according to the research findings.

Half of that rise might come from ice-loss in Antarctica which is currently contributing less than 10% to global sea-level rise. Continue reading

Continuing effort to keep Guernsey sea shore and coastal areas litter free on 20 and 21 July 2013

July 15th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Janice Dockerill of the States of Guernsey Environment Department handing out gloves and plastic bags at Pembroke for the beach clean on 28 April 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Janice Dockerill of the States of Guernsey Environment Department handing out gloves and plastic bags at Pembroke for the beach clean on 28 April 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The next Bailiwick of Guernsey Coastal Clean Up organised by the States of Guernsey Environment Department will be held on the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013.

The first Guernsey Coastal Clean Up in 2010 was part of the world-wide celebrations for the International Year of Biodiversity.

Families, companies, schools and voluntary organisations are being invited to get involved by helping to clean up litter from their favourite stretch of coastline.

People can choose to clean beaches or coastal grasslands – all that’s needed are sturdy gloves and plastic sacks.

The week-end clean up event will get the coastline in good condition just before the school summer holidays. Continue reading

Home-Start Guernsey provides local family support

July 15th, 2013 by Home-Start Guernsey

Patron Mrs Lynda Walker cutting the 5th anniversary cake with Jurat Margaret Spaargaren (click image to expand - image courtesy of Home Start)

Guernsey Home-Start patron Mrs Lynda Walker cutting the 5th anniversary cake with Jurat Margaret Spaargaren (click image to expand – image courtesy of Home-Start Guernsey)

Local family support charity Home-Start Guernsey is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2013.

The local branch is affiliated to the national charity that has been established for 40 years.

The charity’s aim is to support a wide range of families across the island that have been affected by poverty, illness or disability, or just need support.

At Home Start’s recent Annual General Meeting, the committee presented a large anniversary cake to celebrate this landmark year.

Mrs Lynda Walker, wife of His Excellency Lt. Governor Peter Walker, who has been sympathetic to the aims of the charity for some years, was invited to make a presentation to trustees and supporters. Continue reading

Volkswagen’s XL1 313 mpg diesel-electric hybrid car at Buckingham Palace for Coronation Festival

July 12th, 2013 by Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s futuristic XL1, the world’s most fuel-efficient production hybrid car, drove through the streets of London on 10 July 2013.

The two-seat diesel-electric hybrid, which achieves a fuel consumption figure of 313 mpg while emitting just 21 grams per km of carbon dioxide, turned heads as it passed through the streets of the city, with its white carbon fibre body shell standing out in contrast to black cabs and red double-decker buses. Continue reading

GM and Honda cooperate to create next generation fuel cell vehicles

July 12th, 2013 by Honda (UK)

Fueling Honda's FCX Clarity with hydrogen (click image to expand - image courtesy of Honda (UK) )

Fueling Honda’s FCX Clarity with hydrogen (click image to expand – image courtesy of Honda (UK) )

General Motors and Honda have agreed to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame.

The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies.

GM and Honda plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refuelling infrastructure, which is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.

GM and Honda are acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology.

According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell Continue reading

Long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution increases lung cancer risk

July 11th, 2013 by The Lancet

A source of particulate matter - rush hour traffic on The Grange, St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A source of particulate matter – rush hour traffic on The Grange, St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to one of the largest studies of its kind published in The Lancet Oncology, prolonged exposure to particulate air pollution increases the risk of lung cancer (particularly adenocarcinoma, a cancer that develops in a substantial number of non-smokers) even at levels below the European Union limit values.

“At this stage, we might have to add air pollution, even at current concentrations, to the list of causes of lung cancer and recognise that air pollution has large effects on public health,” stated Takashi Yorifuji from Okayama University Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science and Saori Kashima from Hiroshima University in Japan in a linked Comment.

Ole Raaschou-Nielsen from the Danish Cancer Society Research Center led a European team of researchers to assess the impact of long-term exposure to nitrogen oxides Continue reading

Guernsey Community Foundation hosting public debate on poverty

July 11th, 2013 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The Guernsey Community Foundation is hosting a public debate to explore real areas of need in Guernsey and how these could be better measured, monitored and met in the future.

The debate at Les Cotils from 7.30 pm until 9 pm on Monday 22 July 2013 will feature a panel of four drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors and the ‘front line’.

Panel members are Dave Clark, Rachel Copeland, Deputy Andrew Le Lievre, and Peter Roffey.

Peter Roffey will open the debate with some leading questions and a few thoughts of his own for the audience to ponder.

Deputy Peter Harwood, Chief Minister of Guernsey, will advise the debate on what’s happening within the States of Guernsey.

The debate will be chaired by Wayne Bulpitt, Director of the Guernsey Community Foundation. Continue reading

Vehicle exhaust fumes worsen failing hearts and fill hospital beds

July 11th, 2013 by British Heart Foundation

Commuter traffic in the narrow roads leading to the St Peter Port waterfront concentrate vehicle emissions for pedestrians (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Commuter traffic in the narrow roads leading to the St Peter Port waterfront concentrate vehicle emissions for pedestrians to inhale (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Air pollution is a danger to people living with heart failure, and increases their chance of hospitalisation, according to a global study by British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded researchers.

The research, published in the paper “Air pollution and lung cancer incidence in 17 European cohorts: prospective analyses from the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects” in the Lancet on 10 July 2013 reveals that short-term exposure to air pollution increases hospital admissions and death rates among people living with heart failure.

In the UK over 750,000 people suffer from heart failure – a debilitating and incurable condition which accounts for around one million inpatient bed days each year. Continue reading

Prime Minister says inauguration of world’s largest offshore wind farm represents a great day for Britain

July 5th, 2013 by RenewableUK

 (L – R) Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, with Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Peter Löscher, CEO, Siemens AG, Brent Cheshire, UK Country Chairman, DONG Energy, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Dr Johannes Teyssen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, E.ON, H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar, Laura Sandys, Member of Parliament, Thanet South and Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at the inauguration of the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary, off the coast of the United Kingdom. (click image to expand - image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd)

(L – R) Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Peter Löscher, CEO, Siemens AG; Brent Cheshire of DONG Energy; UK Prime Minister David Cameron; Dr Johannes Teyssen of E.ON; H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and CEO of Masdar; Laura Sandys, MP for Thanet South; and Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at the inauguration of the London Array on 4 July 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of, and ©London Array Ltd)

RenewableUK welcomed the ringing endorsement of offshore wind energy by the Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron paid tribute to the UK’s offshore wind industry while speaking at the official opening of London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

“This is a great day for Britain and a big win for renewable energy,” he said.

London Array shows you can build large scale renewable energy projects right here in Britain,” Mr Cameron said.

“This is because when it comes to clean energy, the UK has one of the clearest investment climates globally.” Continue reading