May 20th, 2013 by Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission
Academics and students from the University of Exeter are in Guernsey on a field visit looking to build upon the visit by University of Exeter students in 2012 and to further develop a strategic assessment of the renewable energy potential for Guernsey.
This initiative is part of the State of Guernsey’s Commerce and Employment Department, through the Renewable Energy Team (RET), work to progress local macro renewable energy in part through long term strategic alliances with leading UK Universities.
April 22nd, 2013 by Kars4Kids
Earth Day, which was established in 1970, occurs on the 22 April each year.
April 13th, 2013 by Island Press
In today’s society, the word “sustainable” has become practically meaningless, with most sustainable products just a step less bad than conventional alternatives.
Because of the power of “sustainababble,” the world has largely ignored the rich spectrum of political, cultural, and technological changes that would set us on the path to a truly sustainable future.
Although the science of sustainability is clearer than ever, we still face the question of whether transforming our society into one guided by sustainability is even possible.
April 12th, 2013 by Island Analysis
The first Report focuses on government income and expenditure trends in 14 islands shown on the map.
The primary aim of the Island Monitor is to review economic, social, and environmental activity in islands around the world and to identify best practice.
The first quarter Report highlights the fact that islands worldwide are currently experiencing some serious challenges impacting on economic performance.
Consequently, for the first time, Island Analysis is developing an economic life cycle for islands which will assess where islands are on this life cycle and what progress islands are making in terms of sustainable economic development and diversification. Continue reading
April 2nd, 2013 by Guernsey Real Nappy Network
Some Guernsey mums have formed the Guernsey Real Nappy Network (GRNN) to raise awareness and promote the use and benefit of real nappies.
Too many people think of nappies as the synthetic disposable variety that are thrown in the bin after a single use.
By the time a child reaches two-and-a-half, he or she may have used 6,500 disposable nappies.
These days Real Nappies offer a much better alternative.
Also known as cloth nappies or washable nappies, they are far more user friendly and much more attractive, and no longer involve nappy pins, soaking buckets, and a flair for terry towelling origami.
They come in many designs, fabrics and fastenings that do an amazing job and also look and feel adorable. Continue reading
March 29th, 2013 by HW Fisher & Company
These days, the word ‘sustainability’ is ubiquitous, appearing on corporate agendas, in government policy and across current affairs.
Despite this, it is a term that is still often fundamentally misunderstood and therefore often avoided as a concept.
Sustainability is coming to everyday business and mainstream accountancy. It is to be embraced and not feared.
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) might consider sustainability a topic for large corporations, but as SMEs account for over 98% of all business in the developed world then collectively they could effect a greater impact than multinationals.
March 29th, 2013 by University West
Climate scientists have shown through their research that the ongoing rise in global temperature will cause the sea level to rise, which will drown coastal communities, and cause severe weather, which will kill many people.
So why don’t politicians act on these findings?
Social scientist Stellan Vinthagen shows that today’s power relations prohibit change.
The world is heading towards a catastrophic global average temperature increase of 4°Celsius.
The consequences are a rising sea level, droughts, floods and lethal heat waves.
Stellan Vinthagen, Associate Professor of Sociology at University West in Sweden, states that it is the prevailing power structures that make politicians paralyzed. And he sees social scientists as a key group for this to change. Continue reading
March 7th, 2013 by Island Press
Many places are surviving but not thriving, and improving the places we live depends upon our ability to envision and carry out better alternatives, argues Nan Ellin in her new book Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places.
Instead of focusing on what is wrong with these places, she advocates for identifying the strengths of the place and how to build upon those strengths.
Ellin describes the consensus reached in recent years by planners and urban designers about what constitutes good urbanism.
In this book, she explains the yawning gap between this theory and reality, providing six steps for bridging it:
February 13th, 2013 by Oxford Photovoltaics
Cleantech investment specialists MTI Partners Ltd has announced the completion of a £2 million investment round in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (OPV), an Oxford University spin-out Materials/Cleantech company commercializing solid-state dye sensitized solar cells for the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) sector.
These new, transparent solar cells can be produced from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials and be scaled to any volume.
They can be printed directly onto glass in a range of colours, making them ideally suited to use in glazing panels and facades.
This latest investment round allows OPV to build on its highly experienced technical and commercial teams and construct its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford, UK. Continue reading
February 1st, 2013 by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Tiny LED lights now being developed could deliver Wi-Fi-like internet communications, while simultaneously displaying information, and providing illumination for homes, offices and a whole host of other locations.
Over the next four years, with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding, a consortium of UK universities led by the University of Strathclyde will be developing this innovative technology to help unleash the full potential of ‘Li-Fi’ – the transmission of internet data using visible light rather than the radio waves and microwaves currently in use.
The term Li-Fi was coined by Professor Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh who is one of the partners in the project.