Archive for April, 2010

Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, reaches shores of Channel Islands

April 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Asian Shore Crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, has arrived on the shores of Guernsey and Jersey. 

Hemigrapsus crabs can be separated from indigenous crabs by the frontal area between the eyes being straight and tooth-less.  The carapace or shell of Hemigrapsus crabs also have three antero-lateral teeth rather than the five teeth on each side of the carapace in the common shore crab, Carcinus maenas.

Troy Waterman reported the first Channel Island occurrence of an Asian shore crab in Amarreurs Harbour, Grand Havre, on Guernsey’s north-west coast on 26 April 2009.  The approximate location was 49.4942° north and 2.5444° west.

Crustacean specialist Dr. Jocelyne Martin from Department Ecologie et Modeles pour L’Halieutique, IFREMER, Nantes, France identified the crab from photographs.

According to a paper by Breton, Faasse, Noel and Vincent, this species of crab was introduced to European waters, probably via ballast water carried by merchant shipping, into Le Havre, Normandy in about 1998, and also in the former Oosterschelde estuary in the Netherlands.

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Book: Straight Up – America’s Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes on the Status Quo media, Politicians, and Clean Energy Solutions

April 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

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Published by Island Press on 19 April 2010.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Why I Blog
Chapter 1: The Status Quo Media
Chapter 2: Uncharacteristically Blunt Scientists
Chapter 3: The Clean Energy Solution
Chapter 4: Peak Oil? Consider It Solved
Chapter 5: The Clean Energy New Deal
Chapter 6: End of the Bush-Cheney Error
Chapter 7: The Right-Wing Disinformation Machine
Chapter 8: Diagnosing Someone with Anti-Scientific Syndrome (ASS)
Chapter 9: Why Are Progressives So Lousy at Messaging?
Conclusion: Is the Global Economy a Ponzi Scheme?

Joseph J. Romm is a climate expert, physicist, and author.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.  His previous books include Hell and High Water, The Hype About Hydrogen, and Cool Companies. He writes the blog

Book: Requiem for a Species Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change By Clive Hamilton

April 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

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Published April 2010 by EarthScan

Clive Hamilton is professor of public ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics based at the Australian National University. For 14 years until early 2008 he was the executive director of Australia’s foremost progressive think tank. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Cambridge and Yale University.

University Of Exeter Business School’s One Planet MBA

April 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

The University of Exeter Business School is developing a new Masters of Business Administration degree called One Planet, which will be launched in September 2011.

The programme is being developed in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund.

The One Planet concept recognises that future business leaders will be operating in a resource constrained world with a burgeoning world population.

The educational programme will be global in outlook.  It will enable graduates to run operations in culturally diverse settings with different value systems and constrained resources.

The University of Exeter is becoming a hub for world-class climate change research.  It has close ties with the Met Office Hadley Centre.

The  Cornwall campus is home to the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, which is the fastest growing institute of its kind in the UK.

The University is investing a further £80 million in science, medicine and engineering.  A portion of this investment will focus on climate change and Sustainable Futures.

The Business School is recruiting a development cohort of 40 to 50 people to join the Exeter MBA in October 2010.  These individuals will work with academics and leading experts, as part of their MBA studies, to develop and form the One Planet MBA that will run from the following year. This group will steal a march on their contemporaries and lay a trail for a new generation of business leaders.

To inquire about the programme contact Stephen Hickman, MBA Director.

Good Foundations – Towards a low carbon, high well-being built environment

April 22nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

February 2010: The New Economics Foundation (NEF) have produced a report, Good Foundations, commissioned by the Happold Trust, which explores how architects, engineers, planners and policymakers can ensure that new development projects work for people and the planet.

The report is targeted at those involved in the day-to-day creation of urban neighbourhoods and places – master planners, designers, developers, architects, engineers – as well as at local authorities and their partners who play a strategic leadership role with regard to setting the vision and frameworks which guide local action.

Prosperity without Growth? – The transition to a sustainable economy

April 22nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Sustainable Development Commission published “Prosperity Without Growth? – The Transition to a sustainable economy by Professor Tim Jackson in 2009.

The report calls on world leaders to adopt a 12-step plan to make the transition to a fair, sustainable, low carbon economy.

Are you a green leader?

April 22nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

The United National Environment Programme has published a summary of a publication “Are you a Green Leader?”

The publication sets out how companies can address the loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services.

The longer publication covers 11 sectors – mining, energy, agrifood, fisheries, construction, forestry, tourism, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, fashion and finance.  It will be available from the UNEP.

4 June 2010 is World Climate Teach-in Day

April 21st, 2010 by Richard Lord

World Climate Teach-in Day will take place on 4 June 2010.

Much of the scientific information on climate change remains with research centres and universities.

The reason for World Climate Teach-in Day is to disseminate this information in an engaging way.

The lectures on different aspects of climate change will be prepared by leading scientists for secondary school and university students.  The lectures will disseminate scientific information as well as approaches, methods, and strategies to cope with the challenge of climate change.

World Climate Teach-in Day is being organised in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation.

Log in to the World Climate Teach-in website to download presentations and videos.

Catherine Mohr discusses embodied energy in cleaning up a kitchen spill and building her home

April 21st, 2010 by Richard Lord

Catherine Mohr’s gave an informative and entertaining presentation to TED in February 2010.

Catherine Mohr works on surgical robots and robotic surgical procedures.

In this presentation she speaks about the embodied energy in the resources we use.  To illustrate the concept of embodied energy she begins by comparing the embodied energy in the various ways of cleaning up a kitchen spill.  She finishes her presentation by comparing the embodied energy in the building materials she chose for her home.

Go to TED to see questions from the audience about her presentation and answers from Catherine Mohr.

Jon Buckland, Chief Officer of the Commerce & Employment Department, speaks to Chamber of Commerce members on “The States Financial Transformation Programme”

April 20th, 2010 by Jon Buckland

Mr President and Members of chamber thank you for your invitation to present to you this lunchtime on the States Financial Transformation Programme and give you an update on where we are in the process, how we are progressing and what we are intending to achieve. As residents and representative of businesses who receive and fund services you are likely to have a keen interest in how the States operates.  Today is an opportunity both to communicate how the States plans to improve the value for money offered by its services and to get your input into the process.  I hope that by the end of my presentation you will all have a much clearer understanding of how the States is implementing the Financial Transformation Programme and the Value for Money workstream in particular.

The States debate in October last year gave the green light for the programme, now the savings identified in the Fundamental Spending Review have to be delivered from within the States and approved the Financial Transformation Programme.  The Financial Transformation Programme, which I will refer to as the FTP, is the vehicle to deliver an essential £31m reduction in the base Budget of the States of Guernsey after five years.

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