MCFly climate bulletin #5, Dec 5 2011

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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.
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Training Opportunities
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, in partnership with World Resources Institute and Environmental Defense Fund, present:
Government, Civil Society or Business: Where is Leadership in Tackling Climate Change in the UK?December 8th, 2011 | 12PM – 1PM EST
Speaker: Mr. Peter Madden, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future

Local and Regional News

Nov 25 The top bods at GMCA (“AGMA” to anyone who’s been away for a year burning carbon) signs off on the Greater Manchester Energy Plan.  Of which more soon…

Nov 28 “Protesters have claimed a victory after the Royal Bank of Scotland pulled out of a major sponsorship deal with the UK’s largest campaign to combat climate change. RBS will not be sponsoring Climate Week in March 2012, a government and industry-backed effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” (Guardian) That’d be the same Climate Week in which Manchester might just see its next “Annual” Stakeholder Conference on climate change. If the steering group changes its behaviour…

Nov 29 Dr Alice Bows of Manchester Tyndall gave a presentation to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change select committee. Meanwhile, George Osborne cackles, twirls his moustache and ties the planet to the railway tracks

Nov 30 A £54m “Cross City Bus Scheme” is announced. It “will see the banning of cars from the section of Oxford Road between Grosvenor Street and Hathersage Road, which takes in Manchester’s two universities and major hospital complex.” (BBC Manchester article)

Dec 1  The Guardian Northerner reports that “Eight activists from the climate action network Rising Tide [have] scrambled up the machinery operated by Cuadrilla Resources at Hesketh Bank near Preston with hammocks and supplies.” [Disclosure – MCFly co-editor Arwa Aburawa has written for the Northerner)

Dec 1 Budget proposals were unveiled by the UK’s first Green-led council, opening an unprecedented three-month long period of public scrutiny before the budget is set in February 2012. (from this press release)

Dec 1 A new road to the airport is announced. That’ll help.
It ‘will go from the M56/Manchester Airport across to the A6 just south of Hazel Grove. A middle section currently exists, between Bramhall and Heald Green. About 10km of dual carriageway will be built, which is forecast to contribute to the creation of 11,000 new jobs, bringing in £58m a year by 2021.
‘Cheadle Liberal Democrat MP Mark Hunter said: “This is a real victory for all our community and a great day for all those who were beginning to doubt if they would ever see progress on this much needed scheme.”‘ From NW Business Insider.
Dec 2  The North West Business Insider reports that “Expression of interest documents for potential funding or development partners will go out in the New Year for Manchester’s proposed £600m Airport City development. According to a round table of business leaders convened by Insider, Airport City, which has obtained enterprise zone status, is a project of national significance.”

Dec 2 A government inspector nixed plans for a waste-transfer depot in Monton, with residents taking hope that a £70m waste incinerator plant will also be refused. For more info, see Green Lane Campaign Group

Dec 3 Carbon Coop missed out on £100,000 to launch its “People’s Republic of Energy”

Dec 3 “A few hundred” climate protestors take part in a march on the House of Commons. Two years ago approximately 60,000 took part. Last year the number was roughly 1,000.

According to the Energy Savings Trust newsletter

“The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities has been
awarded £3.6m to set up a network of 300 plug in charging points across the region to encourage motorists to change to driving electric cars. As part of the package there will also be six charging stations, known as Pod Centres that will enable people to buy electric vehicles including cars, vans, scooters and bikes. The centres will allow for drivers to lease, hire and
charge electric vehicles, as well as being able to join an electric car club.”

National and International
Durban climate talks plod on. Is anyone outside the echochamber paying attention? See live blogging here

Campaigning tools
UKICP are pleased to announce the launch of the AdaptME Toolkit. This toolkit responds to a growing demand for practical support in evaluating adaptation progress and performance, and enhances Step 5 of the UKCIP Adaptation Wizard (Monitor and Review). It draws upon outputs from workshops with stakeholders from the Adaptation and Monitoring & Evaluation communities, a review of key literature, and experience of adaptation and evaluation practice.

The current format of AdaptME is a short report, however UKCIP will be working to develop more interactive web-based version of the toolkit in the coming months. If you have any comments, queries or ideas in relation to the AdaptME Toolkit please do get touch.

The AdaptME Toolkit can be downloaded from the UKCIP website.

MERCi gets a website makeover!

A Friends of the Earther talks about the Core Strategy consultation

Guardian Nov 30 Inside politics – Green policies get the blue rinse

Slowing motorists down best way to encourage cycling – DfT report

Boffins at Leeds University and Euromed Management School in Marseille, France have read a bunch of corporate social responsibility reports and found some of them to be … bollocks and greenwash. See Guardian story here.

Controlling Climate Change, by Dr. Bert Metz and published by Cambridge University Press, provides an unbiased and comprehensive discussion of what can be done to solve the problem of man-made climate change. It gives an in-depth overview of issues, useful for both students and professionals, while using a minimum of technical jargon, and is accessible to non-specialised readers as well as those involved in climate change policy.

Scary Science
Nature Climate Change | Correspondence
Rapid growth in CO2 emissions after the 2008–2009 global financial crisis

Glen P. Peters, Gregg Marland,Corinne Le Quéré, Thomas Boden, Josep G. Canadell & Michael R. Raupach

Nature Climate Change (2011)

Published online 04 December 2011

To the Editor

Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and cement production grew 5.9% in 2010, surpassed 9 Pg of carbon (Pg C) for the first time, and more than offset the 1.4% decrease in 2009. The impact of the 2008–2009 global financial crisis (GFC) on emissions has been short-lived owing to strong emissions growth in emerging economies, a return to emissions growth in developed economies, and an increase in the fossil-fuel intensity of the world economy (continues)

And this from Tyndall on the same topic. We break 10 petatonnes!!


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