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  • Kate Calvert 4:11 pm on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change, , UK Energy   

    Half Our Electricity is Low Carbon 

    This news is from the unlikely source of the Times Deputy Business Editor, who over the holidays reported that for the first time, over this last summer half of Britain’s electricity was generated from low carbon sources.

    The trick is that half of those low carbon sources are nuclear – 25% – with a further 25% from renewable such as solar, wind and biomass – that last of doubtful renewability given that it relies on cutting down trees, many said to come from clearance of the Amazon rainforest.

    The percentage of power provided by coal-fired power stations has plummeted from 16.7 to just 3.6% of the total after the government announced their plan to shut them all within 10 years to meet climate change targets.

    While a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy reported that close to £52 billion had been invested in renewables since 2010, the National Grid reported that UK onshore and offshore wind trbines had set a new record by generating 10.1 gigawatts on December 7, or more than 20% of the total UK demand.

    Alongside a rise in electricity from gas there has been a big rise in output from solar panels with generation increasing by 30% between 2015 and 2016.

    The report knows that although making progress, the UK still lags some way behind Germany which leads the way of greener energy in Europe.

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  • Adam Hardy 9:31 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change   

    Tracking climate change with your smartphone http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/you-can-help-nasa-track-climate-change-your-phone 

    If you’ve got a smartphone and notice all the little things in nature around you, check this out to help NASA track climate change: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/you-can-help-nasa-track-climate-change-your-phone

     
  • susan640 4:43 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change, PUNL solar   

    The Sad Story of Solar at Holly Lodge, Highgate, Camden 

    A local case story illustrating the negative effects of the government’s turn away from climate-saving renewable energy at the Holly Lodge Estate, Highgate, Camden. Transition Highgate have the story:
    http://transitionhighgate.org/2015/10/the-sad-story-of-solar-at-holly-lodge/

     
  • Adam Hardy 9:05 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change, TE2100   

    It is going to cost London billions to keep its head above water 

    A PDF from the Mayor’s office:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322061/LIT7540_43858f.pdf

     
    • susan640 10:11 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting to see this vast Environment Agency planning report on how to deal with climate change caused rising sea-levels. Better not to have the climate change.

  • susan640 11:44 am on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change   

    Next Climate March in London will be on Saturday 7 March 

    The next climate march is on Saturday 7 March. Highgate Transition are assembling a group to go on this, and are meeting at the Kingsway exit of the Holborn Tube station at 1pm, and I am going to join them. Others from the Archway Eco Group will be very welcome, so please put the date in your diaries – and in any case, please go on this march!

    The details of the march are here: http://www.timetoact2015.org/

     
  • susan640 2:31 pm on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change,   

    Tweet David Cameron for effort at this week’s world climate talks 

    Following the climate march yesterday and worldwide climate effort, The Climate Coalition have asked people to tweet David Cameron as follows:

    On Twitter:
    Please tweet .@David_Cameron with hashtag #fortheloveof and also #climatemarch. You could say for example:

    .@David_Cameron #fortheloveof [insert what you love], please show ambition & leadership. Pledge bold action to tackle climate change. #climatemarch

    I am slowly learning how to send tweets, and have sent this one out to my 3 followers – but my son Davie has 38 followers and he has retweeted it to his friends!

     
  • Adam Hardy 12:30 pm on September 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change   

    More on Climate March on Sunday 21st 

    On Sunday 21 September there is a very important march in central London for the fight against climate change ahead of the UN World Leader’s Climate Summit in New York.

    There are marches happening all over the world, and the UK. It is a really big moment for setting the global climate change policy and British politicians need some sort of demonstration that the public is actually concerned.

    Current Conservative cabinet ministers believe they do not have a mandate from their voters to do anything about climate change (according to Bert from Avaaz)

    The march is from 12.30pm starting at Embankment. Here’s the link to one of the many many organisations taking part: http://www.theclimatecoalition.org/ClimateMarch Let me know if you want to meet up.

    london climate march

     
    • Adam Hardy 12:33 pm on September 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tried posting it on facebook. After 3 days it had attracted zero ‘likes’ from my friends and family, whereas a post by a friend with photos from her flying visit to Chicago for the weekend for her anniversary got 34. Grrr! Facebook is school all over again!!!!

  • susan640 9:46 am on September 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change   

    Talk in Highgate by Mike Berners-Lee Monday 22 September at 8pm 

    Transition Highgate/HiCAN is hosting a talk by Mike Berners-Lee at the Highgate Society Hall, 10a South Grove, N6 6BS.

    His topic: ‘The Burning Questions: How much fuel can we burn safely? Can fracking help?’

    Mike is a leading expert in carbon footprinting, and co-author of the acclaimed The Burning Question; and author of other books including How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything.

    This is the first in the autumn programme of Transition Highgate/HiCAN.
    See more at Transitionhighgate.org

    Free Entry

     
    • Adam Hardy 9:49 am on September 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sue, do you need to register for this? Are you going?

    • Sue 10:48 am on September 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      No, you don’t need to register, and yes, I am going to go to this.

      • Adam Hardy 9:32 pm on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry missed it. Last minute guest turned up. Was it interesting?

        • susan640 7:33 pm on September 23, 2014 Permalink

          Yes, it was. Mike Berners Lee is an excellent speaker. His main line is that carbon emissions can only be reduced if there is a properly enforced global cap on the amount of fossil fuels that can be dug up and burnt, and once set the cap has to start reducing very quickly if there is to be any chance of keeping the global temperature rise to plus two degrees. While expanding renewable energy is very good, unless the fossil fuel companies are prevented from digging the stuff up and selling it, rising renewables will simply mean that they are additional to fossil fuels and will support extra consumer demand. He said that public pressure must be put on politicians to agree the cap, and apparently the AVaazes and 38 degrees etc have been pressing for a cap (not sure that I am aware of this).

          Pleasingly, the Highgate Society hall was packed – say 50 people – many of whom were young and not known to me. A successful evening for Highgate Transition.

          Sorry you couldn’t make it!

  • Adam Hardy 8:44 am on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Avaaz, Bill McKibben, Climate Change   

    Pre-Holy Shit March meet-up this Sat (6th) to organise a bit of publicity for it 

    Sign up and pick up some window posters, flyers etc. I’m going with a neighbour so everyone in my surrounding neighbourhood will know about it:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/london_climate_march_meet_up/?bgUcbdb&v=44590

     
    • Adam Hardy 8:49 am on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Actually I see Avaaz has now abandoned the Holy Shit moniker. I thought that would really help cut through the indifference. Obviously not.

    • Sue Lees 9:39 am on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Not completely clear on your terminology but am v pleased that you are going on the march. I have got to bring my mother back from her brother’s (via train) following hip operation.

  • Adam Hardy 7:07 am on April 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate Change   

    Exxon stops denying climate change, now says it’s unlikely there will be any climate change policies that affect it 

    A non-local issue but I thought it’s a milestone, even if it’s not getting into the papers: ExxonMobil Acknowledges Climate Change to Shareholders

     
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