MCFly Climate bulletin #10, Jan 16 2012

Hi all,

time to get out your diaries/book your annual leave.  On Friday 16th March (afternoon) the second “Stakeholder Conference” about the Manchester Climate Change Action Plan will take place.  More details about venue, booking as we get them.

Before that though, come mingle (especially if you’re single) at MCFly’s green valentine’s day event “Carbon Dating” – it’s at the Sandbar, on Grosvenor St, from 8pm

And before that you can come talk about George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” on Mon Feb 6th from 7pm at the Waterhouse on Princess St. And if you’re even more desperate to meet the MCFly editors, we are at the next “Reasonable Cause” event, on Weds Jan 25th (see the January 2012 page), with Arwa talking about “the Middle East and Climate Change.”

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).

MCFly stories you may have missed
Interview with John Ashcroft about Manchester’s bid to be home to the Green Investment Bank
“Food and the City”
Noise, airports and farms.

Coming up this week – Pannone’s green actions.  a Land Army volunteer. Airport City – what do ‘green’ campaigning groups think?

Jobs that need doing!
See our “help mcm” tab – we’ve lots of jobs, simple and quick to complex and lengthy…

Paid jobs to apply for (not with MCFly!)
Freelance Domestic Energy Officers

Local and Regional News
Weds 11 Business Insider reports that “Warrington-headquartered Energos Holdings has acquired waste-to-energy business BioGen Power through a share swap arrangement. Energos, part of the Salford-based ENER-G Group, already had a 28 per cent stake in the business and was its gasification technology partner. The company has now released shares to the former BioGen Power owners as part of the reciprocal agreement [cont]”

Thurs 12  Insider reports that “Biomass Engineering, a manufacturer of renewable energy biomass plants, has received a €6m (£4.95m) equity investment from a US-based investor. The company, based in Newton-le-Willows, designs, produces and installs biomass gasification combined heat and power systems. It secured the funding from Excelestar Ventures of Massachusetts…. [cont]

Thurs 12 Insider reports that “Warrington-headquartered United Utilities has been given the go-ahead to build a £200m extension to its waste treatment plant on the banks of the River Mersey. The move could create up to 350 jobs. The existing works at Sandon Dock, Liverpool, will be extended into the redundant Wellington Dock. That will result in a plant able to cope with 11,000 litres of waste a second, serving one million people in Liverpool, the utilities giant said…. “[cont]

Thurs 12  And everyone’s dead chuffed about Airport City.

National News
No news is, well, no news about the Solar Feed-in-Tariff…
“The court will wrap up the decision on permission for an appeal and a possible judgment if an appeal is allowed in the next few weeks,” the DECC said in a statement. “Once the outcome is known, we will consider our options and make an announcement on the way forward to provide clarity to consumers and industry.” (source: solar industry mag)

Global News
Jan 12 Danish wind turbine maker Vestas is cutting 10 per cent of its workforce, to save 150m euros per year. Order delays, production problems and over-optimistic forecasts about Chinese demand, it seems.

Reading and Watching
Sarah Parkin asks if we’re going back to a non-resilient future.
Matthew Spencer, director of the achingly-corporate Green Alliance in Mystic Meg mode – Three trends that will shape environmental politics in 2012.
The Guardian reports on leaked Rio 20 plus goals.
Report says global climate deal hinges on Obama reelection “Prospects for striking a binding global climate deal by 2015 are probably toast if President Obama loses in November. That’s among the conclusions in a wide-ranging, new climate and green energy outlook from banking giant HSBC’s research branch. A major outcome from the United Nations climate talks in December was a plan to craft a deal by 2015 — one that would include big, developing nations such as China — and have it come into force by 2020.”

Scary Science
Near-future carbon dioxide levels alter fish behaviour by interfering with neurotransmitter function
Nature Climate Change , 15012012 doi: 10.1038/nclimate1352
Göran E. Nilsson Danielle L. Dixson Paolo Domenici Mark I. McCormick Christina Sørensen Sue-Ann Watson Philip L. Munday
A study of two species of coral reef fish demonstrates that the anticipated increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide directly interferes with neurotransmitter function in their larvae, a hitherto unrecognized problem for marine fishes.

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