Archive for the 'pollution' Category

Fossil fuel asset exposure poses clear risk to investment portfolios

September 25th, 2015 by European Climate Foundation

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to the Arabella Advisors report published on 22 September 2015, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has grown 50-fold in the last year to reach $2.6 trillion.

More than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals have pledged to divest from fossil fuel investments.

Recent pledges have come from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Norway Pension Fund, the Canadian Medical Association, the World Council of Churches, and the University of California system.

These commitments include governments and investors from 43 countries and multiple sectors, including pension funds, health, education, philanthropy, faith, entertainment, climate justice and municipalities. Continue reading

Guernsey wastewater network extension programme to be dependent on availability of funds

September 18th, 2015 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water is committed to its Network Extension Programme (NEP) to connect Guernsey properties to the public sewer.

However, as our policy letter states, the current delivery target of 95% public sewer property connection by 2020 is no longer appropriate.

It has always been Guernsey Water’s position that demands on resources need to be allocated on a priority basis.

Further work to connect more properties is only undertaken when the funds are available within the prioritised programme of investment in Guernsey’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Continue reading

Volunteer for Guernsey beach clean on 19 and 20 September 2015

September 17th, 2015 by Vanessa

The annual Marine Conservation Society beach clean weekend occurs this year on the 19 and 20 September.

Guernsey volunteers will pick-up litter from Saints Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday 19 September and from Rocquaine Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday 20 September 2015.

A volunteer beach clean is also being organised for Fermain Bay on Sunday 20 September.

Please download the PDF file to your computer for details.

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Litter accumulates on Guernsey beaches from two principal sources.

Marine borne litter washes up on the Guernsey shore from the shipping industry, the fishing industry, and run-off from land, and litter is also added to our beaches by a few careless people visiting the shore.

Final phase of the Belle Greve Wastewater programme underway

May 1st, 2015 by Guernsey Water

High density poly pipes coming out of the factory

High density polyethylene pipes coming out of the Pipelife Norway AS factory in Stathelle (click image to expand)

As part of the final phase of Guernsey Water’s upgrade of the island’s wastewater facilities, over two and a half miles of pipe in nine sections are making their journey from Norway,

Pipelife Norway AS manufactured the purpose-built, high density polyethylene pipes in Stathelle on a fjord, where the pipes are stored temporarily in preparation for their seven-day journey to the island.

Mark Walker, Capital Delivery Manager at Guernsey Water, said “the pipes will arrive in Guernsey in early May and will, subject to formal agreement, be temporarily moored at Soldiers’ Bay, where they will be fitted with concrete collars in preparation for being placed on the seabed via a controlled sinking operation.” Continue reading

Volunteer to help clean Rocquaine Bay beach on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

(please click on image to open and download as a PDF file to your computer)

(please click on image to open and download as a PDF file on your computer)

A beach clean has been organsied for Rocquaine Bay from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014.

This beach clean has been registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and data on the litter collected will be contributed to the MCS national database.

Please contact Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected] for additional information about this beach clean.

Volunteers requested for Saints Bay beach clean on 20 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

Saints Bay Beach Clean and Survey for the Marine Conservation Society on 20 September 2014 (please click image to open PDF file and download to your computer)

Saints Bay Beach Clean and Survey for the Marine Conservation Society on 20 September 2014 (please click image to open PDF file and download to your computer)

A beach clean is being organised for Saints Bay from 10 am to midday on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Please join others to help keep this beautiful beach and bay litter free.

This beach clean is registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and litter collected will be tabulated and sent to the MCS for inclusion in their national database and their report on the status of British beaches.

For additional information please call Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected]

 

 

Air pollution and poor lung health tightly linked

September 12th, 2014 by European Lung Foundation

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014.  Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014. Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

New data has identified a clear link between higher levels of exposure to air pollution and deteriorating lung health in adult European citizens.

This study confirms previous findings that children growing up in areas with higher levels of pollution will have lower levels of lung function and  a higher risk of developing symptoms such as cough and bronchitis symptoms.

Additionally, the new study identified that people suffering from obesity are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of air pollution, possibly due to an increased risk of lung inflammation. Continue reading

More evidence supports connection between traffic-related air pollution and cardiovascular disease

May 8th, 2014 by American Thoracic Society

Car exhaust from petrol engines is possibly carcinogenic to humans (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart diseases (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease.

The research was published in the paper, ‘Traffic-related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle. The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis‘, in the American Thoracic Society‘s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

“Although the link between traffic-related air pollution and left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and cardiovascular death is established, the effects of traffic-related air pollution on the right ventricle have not been well studied,” said lead author Peter Leary, MD, MS, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Continue reading

Long term exposure to air pollution linked to heart attacks and angina

January 22nd, 2014 by British Medical Journal

Research conducted at the Department of Epidemiology in Rome, Italy and published in the paper ‘Long term exposure to ambient air pollution and incidence of acute coronary events’ on bmj.com suggests that long term exposure to particulate matter in outdoor air is strongly linked to heart attacks and angina, and this association persists at levels of exposure below the current European limits.

Traffic causes local air pollution in the narrow streets of St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Traffic causes local air pollution in the narrow streets of St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The results support lowering of the EU limits for particulate matter air pollution.

Ambient particulate matter air pollution is estimated to cause 3.2 million deaths worldwide per year, but the association between long term exposure to air pollution and incidence of coronary events remains controversial. Continue reading

Guernsey Water encourages winter care of pipes and oil tanks

November 24th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

(click image to download Guernsey Water's winter care advice sheet)

(click image to download Guernsey Water’s winter care advice sheet)

Guernsey Water is asking customers to take care of their pipework and oil tanks during the winter, to avoid problems with leakage or spills.

The utility is keen for customers to be aware of potential problems when the temperatures start to drop.

This includes lagging pipework and outside taps, checking oil tanks and catchment pits for leaks, and preventing flooding by turning off internal stop taps if customers are leaving their property for a long period of time. Continue reading