Archive for February, 2014

Number of extreme heat days over land continuing to increase

February 26th, 2014 by Nature Climate Change

There has been a continued increase in the number of extreme heat days over land since 1997.

This finding, reported in a Commentary in the March 2014 issue of Nature Climate Change, suggests that the increase is in spite of the recent slowdown in global average surface temperature.

A team of researchers, led by Professor Sonia Seneviratne, analysed observational data to investigate the occurrence of extreme extremes — that is, the number of days hotter than the 90th percentile of a given base period — since 1997.

They looked at the ratio of land area that experiences over 30 days of extreme heat per year compared with the 1979 to 2010 average and found a positive and increasing trend for the period 1997 to 2012.

Additionally, the team examined trends related to different numbers of extreme heat days — for example, 10 extreme heat days versus 50 extreme heat days per year.

They show that the increasing trend in the ratio of land that experiences over 50 extreme heat days is much greater than the increase related to both 30 and 10 days of extreme heat.

Based on these findings, the researchers highlight that it is wrong to interpret the recent slowdown in warming as a general slowdown in climate change.

An increase in extreme heat events, as demonstrated here, is more relevant for impacts and adaptation than global average temperatures.

This article is part of a special Focus in Nature Climate Change entitled ‘Recent slowdown in global warming’, which will be available in the March print issue and online from 26 February 2014.


Appleby law firm achieves Keep Guernsey Green award

February 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord

To gain the award companies have to meet a set of standards to demonstrate their commitment to energy conservation and waste management.

Nicky Sangan, Office Manager for Appleby in Guernsey, which has 24 employees, said “Appleby is an offshore global law firm. When we started the Guernsey office in 2010 we were quite conscious that we wanted to implement environmental initiatives.”

“In 2012 we started the process of obtaining the Keep Guernsey Green award.”

“We already had a few initiatives in place including the recycling bins, but to achieve the award we went through the assessment process with Steve Park, our assessor, which was really useful. Continue reading

Eighty-six dead seabirds collected from Guernsey shore during survey

February 25th, 2014 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

The States of Guernsey Environment Department can confirm that 86 seabirds were recorded as found on beaches around Guernsey on Saturday 22 February 2014.

The collection was undertaken to assess the degree to which species that breed around the Channel Islands might have been impacted by the storms in the Atlantic over the last month.

Twenty-eight volunteers from La Société Guernesiaise, RSPB Guernsey, GSPCA, the States of Guernsey Environment Department and several members of the public took part in the collection on Saturday afternoon.

Ornithologists Jamie and Michelle Hooper, Paul and Catherine Veron and Chris Mourant identified and recorded details of the age and condition of the birds at the Cobo collection point. Continue reading

Community adds biodiversity with tree planting at Les Prins Estate

February 24th, 2014 by Richard Lord

On a beautifully sunny Saturday 22 February 2014 families from Les Prins Estate near Port Soif worked with The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to plant a variety of native trees on four well-maintained greens on the estate.

Les Prins Estate The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees tree planting (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Brian England from Les Prins Estate on the left with Kevin Lesbirel next to him and Alan Ritchie of the States of Guernsey Environment Department on the far right planting trees on Les Prins Estate (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

John Rothwell, Chairman of Les Prins Estate company, said trees planted some years ago didn’t survive long so this time the trees are being planted in groups so the trees can afford each other some protection.” Continue reading

Improving human well-being while relying on fossil fuels drives up carbon emissions worldwide

February 23rd, 2014 by Nature Climate Change

Growing economies across the world have seen the average life expectancy at birth rise since 1970, but at a significant cost to the environment, reports a paper, The Carbon Intensity of Human well-being, published on 24 February 2014 in Nature Climate Change.

Past research has confirmed that economic development improves the quality of life.

However, as economies rely mainly on fossil fuels, improved life conditions lead to rising carbon emissions.

Many studies have looked at the association between development and emissions but very few have analysed the dynamic relationship between development, human well-being and emissions, over time and across different world regions.

Andrew Jorgenson calculates the carbon intensity of human well-being — the ratio between per capita anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions (in his study, derived from fossil fuel combustion and cement manufacturing) and average life expectancy at birth — for 106 countries over the period 1970–2009.

He groups the countries in regional samples and estimates how the effect of economic development (measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita) on the carbon intensity of human well-being has changed over the period in each group.

He found that, early in the period of study, increased development led to a reduction in carbon intensity of human well-being for nations in Africa, but in recent decades the relationship has become less sustainable.

For nations in Asia and South and Central America, development raises the carbon intensity of human well-being, and increasingly so over the period of study.

The effect of development on the carbon intensity of human well-being for nations in the combined regions of North America, Europe and Oceania has been positive, larger than in other regions, and stable over time.

The author concludes that as long as societies rely on fossil fuels, achieving better life conditions will drive up carbon emissions worldwide.


Guernsey Environment Department requests reports of dead seabirds

February 22nd, 2014 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

The States of Guernsey Environment Department organised a count of seabirds washed-up dead around Guernsey’s coast on Saturday 22 February 2014.

By 6 p.m. 79 dead seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, shags, puffins and a great northern diver had been collected from the Guernsey shore and brought to the central collection point at Cobo kiosk car park.

Ornithologists and volunteers from La Société Guernesiaise, RSPB Guernsey and GSPCA collected the birds so that data could be gathered on the number and species of birds that have been lost due to the poor weather conditions recently.

The early February 2014 storms in the Atlantic brought strong winds and heavy seas, which have prevented diving birds such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins from catching food. Some of the dead seabirds also had oil on their plumage.

In early February 2014, hundreds of dead marine birds washed up on beaches from the Bay of Biscay to Brittany, the Channel Islands and Cornwall. Continue reading

Saffery Champness Rotary Walk invites charities to apply for funds

February 21st, 2014 by Saffery Champness

The Saffery Champness Rotary Walk committee invites local charities to apply for some of the funds the event raises in 2014.

Submissions to the committee can be made by any local registered charity which is in need of financial support for a specific project or initiative.

Applications need to be made by 31 March 2014.

Lisa Vizia, Saffery Champness’ director, and some of the firm’s staff, is joining the walk’s organising committee which helps to review the applications and select projects they would like to support this year.

“We are particularly keen for charities to come forward to tell us about any projects they need financial help with.” Continue reading

Welsh AM Joyce Watson to speak about human trafficking at Women’s Development Forum lunch meeting

February 21st, 2014 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Joyce Watson, National Assembly for Wales member for Mid and West Wales, will speak to the Women's Development Forum on Monday 24 February 2014 (click image to expand - image courtesy of the National Assembly for Wales)

Joyce Watson, National Assembly for Wales member for Mid and West Wales, will speak to the Women’s Development Forum lunch on Monday 24 February 2014 (click image to expand – image courtesy of the National Assembly for Wales)

Joyce Watson, Welsh Assembly member for Mid and West Wales, will discuss Human trafficking at a Women’s Development Forum lunchtime event on Monday 24 February 2014.

Mrs Watson is being brought over by Investec Specialist Bank, which is sponsoring the monthly lunch.

She has a close connection with Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, who met the member of the Welsh Assembly at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in the Falkland Islands.

“Joyce has done a lot of work on human trafficking as well as gender equality.”

“She’s an extremely interesting woman and her talk promises to be full of fascinating facts and discussion points.”

“It’s always a great honour to have someone of Joyce’s calibre and experience to address the Women’s Development Forum members,” Deputy Le Clerc said. Continue reading

Jon Moulton supports the Guernsey Community Foundation as a patron

February 21st, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Jon Moulton after he gave a presentation to the IOD at Moores Hotel, St Peter Port  ©RLLord (Click image to expand)

Jon Moulton at the IOD seminar at Moores Hotel, St Peter Port ©RLLord (Click image to expand)

The Guernsey Community Foundation has recently gained a new Patron.

Jon Moulton has agreed to join the Board of Patrons which currently comprises of Stuart Falla MBE, Dame Mary Perkins DBE, Digby Lord Jones of Birmingham, and Lady Rowland.

Jon Moulton is a Chartered Accountant, a Corporate Financier and a Fellow of the Institute for Turnaround Professionals.

Former Managing Partner of Alchemy, Jon also previously worked with Citicorp Venture Capital in New York and London, Permira and Apax.

He is a Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation.

His other charitable activities include one of the Great Ormond Street boards, his family medical research charity and BACIT, the quoted vehicle supporting cancer research.

He is a very active angel investor.

He is Non-Executive Chairman of FinnCap, the stockbroker and a Member of the Advisory Board for the £3.1 billion UK Regional Growth Fund.

In Guernsey he chairs Aurigny and the Channel Islands Securities Exchange.

Stephen Jones, Guernsey Community Foundation Chair, said “Jon is very experienced in the charitable sector and is well-known for his business knowledge.”

“We are very fortunate that he has agreed to join us as a Patron. His support and encouragement to the Foundation will be invaluable as we continue to grow,” he said.


Guernsey Post Ltd revalidates its ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award

February 20th, 2014 by Richard Lord

Deputy Barry Paint of the States of Guernsey Environment Department presents the Green Award to Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Paint (right) on the States of Guernsey Environment Department Board presents the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award to Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Post Ltd has received a revalidation of its ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award from the States of Guernsey Environment Department.

Andy McCutcheon, who heads the Environment Services Unit, which administers the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award scheme on behalf of the Environment Department said “it is the mandate of the department to encourage Best Practice in energy and waste management.”

“One way to achieve this and to raise its profile is through the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award,” he said.

Deputy Barry Paint of the Environment Department Board presented Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd., with the award.

“On behalf of Guernsey Post, I am delighted to accept this award for recognition of our energy conservation and waste management,” Richard Taylor said. Continue reading