Posts Tagged "climate-change"

Global Storming
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 30, 2011 - 2 Comments in WATER

What goes up when the rain comes down?

Brace yourself!  Worldwide, 2010 was the wettest year since records began. And it was not just the amount of rain and snow, but the intensity which increased.

Choosing where to live in the future will be much more to do with protecting yourself against flooding than worrying about warmer weather and rising sea levels.

Australia, Pakistan, Tennessee, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, the Balkans, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Colombia, Sri Lanka, France and the UK all experienced devastating rainfall last year. And there was unusually heavy snowfall in some of those regions.

Why is this happening and what should you do about it? There is a list of tips at the end of the story. (more…)

Daryl Hannah slams Steven Chu
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 8, 2010 - 6 Comments in ENERGY, PEOPLE

Mouthy - Hannah raps the climateers

Film star Daryl Hannah is at the climate change summit in Mexico. So far she has criticised the conference center where the air conditioning was on high, despite it was 70 degrees outside – “a perfect temperature.”

She also condemned US Energy Secretary Steven Chu for proposing “nothing concrete”in his keynote speech.
“We need to decentralise the energy system, our food and agriculture system,” she said.  “The only way change happens is from the ground up, not the top down. Most politicians dont have the courage,” she said. (more…)
London Mayor – from hogwash to greenwash
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 23, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, PEOPLE

Boris - don't believe a word this man says

London’s chatterbox Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced he will run for a second term, but he will have a disappointed electorate to deal with.  Boris has failed to make an impact on London life in anything except PR coverage.  His most lasting memorial will be the stone ping-pong tables erected in many of London’s parks.

Others will comment on his failures in housing, transport and business. This web site was excited by his promise, when he was running for office, that he would “take London off grid.”

Indeed there were plans already afoot to do just that, (more…)

Blueprint for sustainable living
by VEG-HEAD on DECEMBER 29, 2009 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101

katyandleanderfamilyportraitAn off-grid Community in the UK has been awarded £350,000 of central government money to help it spread its low-carbon lifestyle to families across the country.

The Lammas project in the Welsh hills involving nine “ordinary” families living in eco smallholdings in the Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire, has been named by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change as one of 10 low-carbon communities.

Lammas (named after a Pagan harvest festival)  will spend the moneyon a “community hub” building. It is seen “a blueprint for sustainable living” and the money is intended to facilitate educational visits. The local government in the area has pioneered one of the most favorable regimes to enable planning permission for off-grid developments and Lammas owes its existence to this planning framework.

The new building will help launch its low-impact housing initiative and pioneering farming and land-use technologies, as well as promoting carbon-positive food and fuel. (more…)

Big Energy hand-outs
by TECHSTAR on JUNE 25, 2009 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

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Rabbit in the headlights
Energy Secretary Steven Chu delivered a vital speech last night to increase his offer of stimulus bill funding for large energy projects, mainly building new electricity towers. The annual meeting of the privately-owned electric utilities had been disappointed by initial offers from the DoE last month of $20m per project. Chu told them last night that they will get now get $200m per project out of a total pot of $3.9b. By contrast each State is reeiving an average of $20m for energy conservation measures and renewables. (more…)

Environmentalism classed as a ‘belief’ in UK
by JO HOOPER on JUNE 1, 2009 - 0 Comments in WORK

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Grainger employee
You don’t have to be crazy to be an environmentalist, but (according to an employment tribunal in London) it helps.

The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 prohibit discrimination in the workplace by reason of any religion or belief. The regulations were amended in 2007, so that “belief” now means “any religious or philosophical belief”.

Tim Nicholson, who had been head of sustainability at Grainger Plc, was made redundant. He brought a number of claims, including unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. (more…)

Steven Chu Interviews
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 21, 2008 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, PEOPLE

The Taipei Times published the first interview with Nobel-prize winner Steven Chu since his appointment as President-elect Obama’s energy czar. In it, Chu forecasts “a gradual crash…predicted to accelerate.”  He says “we have to immediately start decreasing the amount of energy we use.” And he lays into powerful tech business United Technologies, as a case study of profligate incompetence.

That transcript  is followed by an old interview from Reuters wire which is very revealing of Chu’s point of view and his rational embrace of eco-principles that will be reflected from day one in his new post. “
“If I were emperor of the world,” he told Reuters last year, “I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade.”

Here are the transcripts, but first, Steven, if you are reading this, we’d love to interview you — anywhere, any time. (more…)

Kiwi theater goes off-grid
by SIYAH on NOVEMBER 10, 2008 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE


Love in a cold climate
Boastful Cate Blanchett said last year that her Sydney Theatre Group would be the world’s first off-grid playhouse. She has yet to fulfill her boast, and now a small New Zealand troupe has beaten her to it.

“Heat” is the aptly- named first off-grid theatre production in New Zealand, with a generator, solar panels and windmill placed outside Bats Theatre, Wellington — giving a foretaste of the Antarctic setting inside.

While the Bats Theatre is actually walking the walk, Blanchett spends her time raising sponsorship from the likes of Giorgio Armani – whose fashion shows she attends – how awfully 80s. (more…)

British people power
by KATIE on OCTOBER 31, 2008 - 0 Comments in ENERGY


Ed Miliband, climate change minister
The UK government has backed down in the face of utility company opposition and introduced an Energy Bill which stops short of guaranteeing householders can sell their renewable energy back to the Grid.

Although the British administration tabled an amendment to its own bill that would allow people to generate enough power to serve a community of more than 1,000 people, it does not yet require the energy companies to take a feed from their customers. (more…)


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