MCFly Climate Bulletin #12, January 30 2012

Hi all,

Help!! We need a graphic designer who will work for the same money we make here at MCFly. We need her (or him) to design a poster for the “Green Valentine’s” event that we are hosting on, well, Tuesday 14th February. It’s at the Sandbar, Grosvenor St, from 8pm onwards, with music by Ben Cashell and, fingers crossed, his band.

If you know a graphic designer who’d be up for it, or you are one, please get in touch asap – mcmonthly@gmail.com

Please encourage your climate-concerned friends to take out a (free!!) subscription to the blog/newsletter – via our subscribe page.
If they need convincing, here’s a 40 second video explaining the top ten reasons folks should subscribe
And follow us on twitter (@mcr_climate).
And come along to discuss Animal Farm on Monday February 6th

And finally, Friends of the Earth wants you to sign their letter to Dave Cameron telling him not to appeal the bloody nose, sorry, “High Court decision” over solar subsidies. It only takes a minute, and you don’t have to be a member, or even agree with them on anything else…

Coming up this week
Mon 30 Jan, 7pm to 9pm
Greater Manchester FOE network meeting, with special guest speaker Lillian Burns from Council for the Protection of Rural England, providing the latest news regarding the SEMMMS airport link road and the Airport City development. All welcome! Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Weds 1 February.
Full Council in the morning, at the Town Hall. Only for the masochists…

Weds 1 Feb, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
South Manchester Environmental Forum Open Evening
“Have your say and be part of directing the next stage of the group. It is time to start planning the next South Manchester Environmental Forum (SMEF) that will be held as part of the Chorlton Big Green Festival this year. As part of the planning, we are holding an Open Evening where you can put your ideas forward, introduce new friends to the group and offer help (there are tasks of all sizes!)
Your first drink is on us, but please RSVP to Mary at mary.lee@afsl.org.uk by Monday 30th January if you are coming.” Mary can also be contacted by phone on 0161 237 3357 on Wednesday and Thursday each week.
Lammars, Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

Weds 1st Feb, 7pm
Manchester Ecosocialists meeting. Mark Burton introducing his pamphlet `A Green Deal for the Manchester-Mersey Bioregion` E239 in the John Dalton Building, MMU, on Oxford Road opposite the old BBC building. The room is booked in the name of the Social Research Group – so please use that name if you ask the porters for directions. The meeting will end at 8.45 as the building closes at 9pm.

Thurs 2nd Feb 9.30 – 2pm
Crowdfunding workshop, Bridge-5 Mill, Ancoats Manchester
lunch provided. £35
Greater Manchester’s first crowdfunding workshop for creatives, entrepreneurs, social enterprises, charities or community organisations. Crowdfunding is a new way of raising finance or building your community or fan-base from your social networks. Many people donate small amounts, usually via an established crowdfunding platform, to get a project or business venture started.
Please circulate this information to anyone who might be interested. And come yourself if you can – there will be a good lunch plus a thought-provoking and practical session.

MCFly stories you may have missed
The biodiversity action plan gets the “green” light
I’ll recycle, but keep your green fascist hands off my flying
News Flash: Stakeholder Conference venue announced
GM Waste Disposal Authority chair in shameless publicity bid
Incredible forest gardens
Academic Seminar Report: Corridor of Power?
Book Review: Climate and Disaster Resilience in Cities

Lessons we like to believe we’ve learnt this week
Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Public speaking isn’t as terrifying as you let it be

Jobs that need doing!
So many jobs. Please, get in touch! We have short ones, long ones, easy ones, tough ones. The only types we don’t have are a) pointless and b) paid…

Local and Regional News
Manchester City Council is asking its suppliers to green up.

Weds 18th Council Leader Richard Leese enthuses about “carbon literacy”

Fri 23rd Manchester Climate Action “subvertise” billboard(s) to express anger at the “Big Six” energy companies.

National News
“The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) highlights the top 100 challenges to the UK and our economy of a changing climate and provides the most compelling evidence yet of the need to increase our resilience. The research confirms the UK as a world-leader in understanding climate risk to ensure we can make robust plans to deal with these threats.” The Financial Times had it on the front page. The Manchester Evening News had a paragraph on page 21.

Global News
Jan 23 Tragic news as Bjorn Lomborg’s climate septic think tank is going to close if new benefactors don’t come forward.

Reading and Watching

Fascinating interview with Katherine Hayhoe, a climate scientist whose chapter was pulled from New Gingrich’s latest book. She talks about science, politics, religion (she’s an evangelical Christian).

Behaviour Change: psychological factors, from the Green Alliance’s “green living” blog

A visit to the Chorltonville Ecospheric Show Home (piece by Chorlton Lib Dem Councillor Matt Gallagher

Norman Baker (Lib Dem) Transport Minister writes about a new teleconferencing wheeze, the “Anywhere Working Initiative

Scary Science
A group of scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS), have released an analysis of global temperatures in 2011, and near-future prospects. They find that 2011 was the 9th-hottest year on record (9 out of the 10 hottest years on record since 1880, have occurred in the 21st century), and that this cool-ish year (by 21st century standards, but hot by 20th century standards) was largely due to the cooling influence of a quiet phase of the 11 year-long solar cycle (small changes in the intensity of sunlight reaching Earth), and La Niña which has been dominant over the last 3 years (See figure 1). They conclude that the lull is an illusion, and that rapid warming of global surface temperatures is likely to resume in the next few years. [text from the utterly brilliant Skeptical Science]

And finally…
“Oh lord won’t you hire me, a Mercedes Benz?”

The Manchester Evening News reports that “A further £3,506 went on hiring a solar-powered Mercedes to help [Manchester City] council become more environment-friendly and save money on transport. A town hall spokesman stressed the cash for the car had come from a specific government grant…. the Mercedes – used by ‘a range of officers ’ – was paid for by a grant after the council successfully bid for government cash to promote green energy.”

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