the first Manchester Climate Monthly (dead tree format) hits the streets on January 2nd, 2012. Please encourage your climate-concerned friends to take out a (free!!) subscription – via our subscribe page.
Here’s a 40 second video explaining the top ten reasons folks should subscribe…
And follow us on twitter (@mcr_climate).
and while you are wasting your life on the Interwebz, why not vote for Manchester’s own Carbon Co-op as it tries to win a big pot of money for its exciting work. More details here.
“Greening the Green Deal”, Sun Dec 4th, 12.30 to 4.30, at Manchester Town Hall. Free, but you need to book, which you can do via this page.
Listen up to the Impossible Hamster
A 45 minute radio play about the impossibility of endless economic growth will be aired on BBC Radio 4 on 1st December at 2.15pm.
Local and Regional News
Nov 16 Manchester environmental consultancy ENVIRON has been recognised as the Best Consultancy for Due Diligence at the edie Awards for Environmental Excellence 2011. ENVIRON’s due diligence practice work in the UK assesses the environmental, compliance, financial, health and safety risks associated with transactions involving acquisitions, mergers and/or divestitures of companies or properties, particularly assets with a heavy industrial legacy.
Nov 21 Wilmslow-based document management and imaging software author, Version One, has scooped a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award for its newly developed DbCapture PDF solution. Version One was presented with the award during a ceremony at the House of Commons on 14 November 2011. This is the ninth year running that Version One has received a Green Apple Award. The Green Apple Awards, run by independent environment group, The Green Organisation, honour companies that demonstrate environmental best practice. The awards are well established as being one of the most influential environmental award schemes worldwide.
Nov 23 “Researchers at Tyndall Manchester, in partnership with The Co-operative, have updated their assessment of the environmental impact of shale gas in light of new developments in the UK.
The report, commissioned by The Cooperative, updates their January 2011 work. It finds that in the absence of a stringent global emissions cap, large-scale extraction of shale gas cannot be reconciled with the commitments enshrined in the latest international climate change agreement, the Copenhagen Accord (2009).” See rest of press release here.
And if you’re a public body in need of some positive publicity, you could always try “The Green PR Agency, a new company specialising in the environmental and sustainability sectors, has been launched by Mark Lupton. The former deputy editor of the Tameside Reporter has since gone on to freelance for The Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail and specialist publications, with much of his work looking at green issues.” (From here).
Who knows, maybe The Green PR Agency and MCFly could get a little protection racket going. We monster some hard-working eco-outfit, they swoop in to the rescue and kickback some of their fee. Would it be illegal or just immoral?
Beer threatened by Climate Change!!!
From Forbes’ roundup of reactions about the extreme weather events report that the IPCC has released.
“For our brewery, growth depends on abundant clean water and quality barley and hops—and climate change puts those ingredients at risk. Our supply chain—including barley, hops and water—is especially vulnerable to weather in the short-term and to climate change in the long-term.” Jenn Orgolini, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Co, the third-largest craft brewing company in the U.S.
Funds for climate mitigation and adaptation will now surely flow freely!
A five minute video entitled “What is Resilience?” (MCFly thinks it is dreadful, but we could be wrong…)
On the Durban climate talks… (from a comment beneath a Guardian story)
The climate change conferences are now a pre-Christmas pantomime and just as we bring out the mistletoe and the advent calendars year after year we have a litany of “climate change conference maxims” which seem to be compulsory on an annual basis.
Ban Ki Moon expresses “concern” “anxiety” with “deep” sometimes preceding the adjective.
Scientists explain that previous estimates of warming and the effects are well behind reality.
U.S. government officials argue that given the political and/or economic moment in the States the timing isn´t right to achieve a “binding” agreement.
The BRICs , often pretending to speak on behalf of lesser important nations, argue for “climate aid” while their greenhouse gas emissions escalate ominously.
The E.U . makes bold pledges as an example of moral leadership which are then impossible to meet.
And finally Greenpeace and other NGOs repeat that failure to reach a meaningful agreement this time would be a “disaster”.
Oscar Wilde could have written a far better script for this annual pantomime
“To mess up one or two climate change conferences could be considered a misfortune, to mess them up every year is carelessness”
And Manchester University’s Kevin Anderson is cited in a New York Times article entitled “Crunch Time is Coming for UK’s Green Commitment”
New paper on Residential Heating
In order to reach the UK government’s Carbon Budget and longer term targets, the residential sector must decarbonise radically. In this sector, heating is the most difficult service to decarbonise, because it relies on cheap and readily available natural gas – a convenient and effective technical solution. The most popular low carbon solution is to serve heating needs with electricity (e.g. heat pumps), and decarbonise electricity provision, but the costs and other implications of that paradigm shift are not well understood.
On behalf of the authors Dr Adam Hawkes, Luis Munuera and Professor Goran Strbac, the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London has published its 6th Briefing Paper on Low carbon residential heating options for the decarbonisation of the buildings sector. The papers explores the key technical possibilities, highlight strategic pathways, and outline a research and policy agenda that can help us achieve decarbonisation of residential heating.
An electronic version of the paper can be downloaded at: <https://workspace.imperial.ac.uk/climatechange/Public/pdfs/Briefing%20Papers/Low%20carbon%20residential%20heating.pdf>