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Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor.

Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies.

Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and include the impact of human suffering.

Hermann Lotze-Campen, Professor at the Agricultural Economics Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK, said “science shows that limiting global warming is much cheaper than just doing nothing about it – the costs of inaction could be a multiple of the 2% of global economic output that mitigation might roughly cost.”

“However, these current estimates don’t take into account the costs of health impacts and additional deaths, of people leaving their homes, of potential mass-migration, and of sustained poverty.

These are complex issues we are trying to address scientifically, along with the economic costs and damages,” he said. Continue reading

Thrive 2020 – from Surviving to Thriving conference at Les Cotils

October 10th, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

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The Dandelion Foundation proudly announces the third instalment of Thrive 2020 – From Surviving to Thriving – which takes place on Friday 13 October 2017 at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Following on from previous ground-breaking Thrive 2020 events, the day is designed to impact upon every member of the community in some way.

Do you feel you are thriving, or merely surviving?

We live in an age where healthcare is advanced and our life expectancy is higher than it has ever been, at least in the western world.

However, living for longer with access to effective medical treatment does not in itself make for a joyful, meaningful life.

Regardless of our age or occupation, we all need to find a purpose and to combat the common problems, such as stress or loneliness, which threaten our ability to enjoy each day. Continue reading

UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report. Continue reading

Guernsey Electricity plans to install solar array on Central Stores roof

September 26th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Solar panels generating enough electricity to run about 50 electric cars could be installed at Guernsey Electricity’s power station in St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array of 330 photovoltaic panels to be installed on one of its main buildings.

The renewable energy scheme would benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that would feed into the island’s electricity grid.

The solar array will help diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon electricity from Europe as part of the generation mix. Continue reading

Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Saffery Rotary walk on 3 June 2017

May 18th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017 (click image to expand)

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and Lady Corder will take part in the Saffery Rotary Walk on 3 June 2017.

They will be given the specially allocated walker identification numbers 1 and 2 respectively to acknowledge their support of the charity fund raising walk.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Saffery Rotary Walk and the 40th anniversary of Saffery Champness in Guernsey.

Over 650 people participated in the 2016 walk with one in six coming from outside the island, making a significant contribution to the total raised of £57,526. Continue reading

Clear Guernsey watercourses of vegetation and silt by 15 June to reduce flooding risk

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

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Guernsey Water reminds islanders who have streams, douits, and other watercourses on their land to ensure that they are cleared of vegetation and silt by 15 June 2017.

This vital maintenance of waterways is undertaken annually to ensure the unrestricted flow of water into the island’s catchments and minimise the risk of flooding.

All streams are required by law to be cleared of vegetation and other obstructions by 15 June ahead of Parish inspections by the streams committees. Continue reading

Essential maintenance to GJ1 Jersey – Guernsey electricity cable

May 17th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity switched off the cable importing electricity from France in early May 2017 to undertake essential maintenance work to the Channel Islands Electricity Grid.

The planned maintenance should take about two weeks to complete.

It will include work in the Barkers Quarry substation, as well as complementary work on the grid in Jersey and France.

After two successful years of operation following a pre-emptive repair in 2015, the submarine cable GJ1 will be inspected and reburied.

The CS Recorder, a ship owned by GMSL, will rebury the section of cable subject to weather conditions.

CS Recorder in St Peter Port harbour on 17 May 2017 (click image to expand)

Alan Bates, Chief Executive of Guernsey Electricity, said “‘we are undertaking maintenance of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid system to ensure that our infrastructure continues to provide Guernsey with a secure and stable power supply.

This work has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest level.

We have ensured that Guernsey Electricity Ltd’s on-island electricity generators are ready to meet the demand,” he said.

“The cable GJ1, which imports low carbon energy from France via Jersey, normally provides up to 90% of Guernsey’s electricity.”

Guernsey Electricity Ltd has invested nearly £30 million in on-island generation infrastructure to meet the island’s electricity demand during electric cable maintenance.

 

 

The fourth TEDxSt Peter Port at St Pierre Park Hotel on 5 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

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The fourth TEDxStPeterPort will take place on 5 May 2017 at the St Pierre Park Hotel.

This year we will be asking how business and the community can contribute to the Guernsey government’s Future Guernsey plan and help to turn that vision into a reality.

The event comprises twenty talks, with fifteen live speakers, and five recorded TED talks including; creating industries from scratch, the future of money, community kitchens and putting Guernsey on the map.

TEDxStPeterPort will inspire, educate and spark ideas around Future Guernsey’s four themes:

Our economy
Our quality of life
Our community
Our place in the world

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Offshore Wind Power Generation presentation by Professor David Infield on 3 May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 by Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers

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The Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE) is hosting a lecture in Guernsey and Jersey by Professor David Infield from the University of Strathclyde on “Offshore Power Generation.”

Dr. Infield is Professor in Renewable Energy Technologies.

His Guernsey presentation will be at the Princes Royal Centre for Performing Arts in St Peter Port. The presentation begins at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017.