Climate changes – Giec report – Anywhere

“Keeping temperatures from rising beyond the Paris agreement’s ambitious target will require unprecedented social changes.”

The world is rapidly running out of time to scale back greenhouse gas emissions, dimming hopes of keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, beyond which catastrophic planetary changes are forecast.

That assessment comes from a sobering new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCCthe leading United Nations consortium of researchers studying the speed and scope of human-caused temperature rise.

“This is one of the most important reports ever produced by the IPCC, and certainly one of the most needed,” Hoesung Lee, the chair of the body, said at a press conference in South Korea on Monday. “Climate change is already affecting people, livelihood and ecosystems all around the world.”

He continued: “Every bit of warming matters.”

Huffingtonpost

More information in English:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ipcc-report_us_5bba177be4b0876eda9ef1d7

Plus d’information en français:

https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2018/10/07/ce-quun-rechauffement-climatique-a-1-50c-pourrait-sauver-selon-le-rapport-giec_a_23553567/?utm_hp_ref=fr-homepage

 

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Supermarket CEOs: get rid of pointless plastic packaging – UK

“Supermarkets produce a whopping 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging a year.

Some plastic can be recycled, but most ends up in a landfill or incincerated, as litter or in our rivers and oceans. Marine life can become entangled in plastic or mistake it for food – up to 90% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.

It’s time to take our message straight to the top. Please will you email the CEOs of your regular supermarkets and ask them to take action to curb plastic pollution?” Greenpeace

Send a message to the CEO of the supermarket you choose (or to all of them):

https://act.greenpeace.org/page/29634/action/1?locale=en-GB

The food assembly – UK

Let’s come together to buy the best products
to farmers and artisans in our regions.

order in line

Buy what you want, when you want it: fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, meat, beer, honey, cakes …

Pick up your products

Every week, the Beehive gives you an appointment in your neighbourhood. Come collect your order and meet the Producers.

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https://thefoodassembly.com/en

Green Energy – UK

“From 1st April 2017, all our tariffs use 100% renewable energy and 100% green gas.
Using the power of falling water, the sun, the wind, and organic waste material, we provide energy that is 100% renewable.
Not only are our tariffs renewable, but they help to clean up and make use of waste products. Some of our generators even use pig poo, skip waste and used chip fat to make electricity!”
Moving into 2017 – 2018 we will be keeping our 100% renewable energy and 100% green gas fuel mix and our best view of what the 2017-18 fuel mix will be (prior to OFGEM’s audit) is below:
48.13% Landfill Gas

23.08% Wind
18.23% Solar
9.2% Anaerobic Digestion
0.97% Hydro
0.39% Biogas

https://www.greenenergyuk.com/

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Holaluz – UK

“We represent renewable production plants on the market, helping them to reduce their costs and increase their revenues, which is a fundamental step to transforming the entire system toward clean energies.
All the energy that we offer is clean so that the more clients we have, the more we’ll support renewable energies.
Through the CNMC, we certify that the energy from our producers is 100% green and that’s what we sell to our clients with no exception.
We want all electricity consumers to be able to generate their own energy (photovoltaic plates, windmills…).
Installing solar panels at home is only the beginning.”

https://www.holaluz.com/en/green-energy/

TIME BANKING – UK

Timebanking UK is a national charity (Charity No: 1101204) and limited company. We are the only membership organisation in the country to offer support and resources to community time banks providing inspiration, guidance and practical help. We share the learning over the past 15 years since timebanking was introduced in the UK to anyone interested in starting a time bank or to those who want to incorporate timebanking into organisations. We work alongside organisations and individuals in their local area providing operational support and clear guidance on involving people and creating mutual support networks in communities exchanging time rather than money.

WHERE
http://www.timebanking.org/our-membership/find-your-nearest/

More information:
http://www.timebanking.org

The Eden Project – UK

Super insulation

We pioneered the use of a really good insulating material to keep our plants warm in the Biomes. The hexagonal cushions on the steel structure trap air between two layers of ETFE (short for ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) which act as a thermal blanket.

To keep our visitors and staff warm, we’ve insulated our buildings with recycled newspaper. We also created a green roof on top of one our staff buildings behind the scenes, which helps keep it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Birds and insects like it too.

Energy generation

We have prioritised lowering our energy consumption rather than simply installing renewable energy technology for the sake of it. However, we did include photovoltaic panels on the Core roof to be able to demonstrate to our visitors just how powerful these natural sources of energy are.

Learn how we’re tackling energy use at Eden.

Water harvesting

As well as reducing our water use in the first place, by installing low-flush toilets, and taps which turn themselves off, we harvest our own water to flush the loos and water the plants.

Read more about our approach to water.

Natural light

Designing buildings that let in lots of natural light can mean electricity savings (if the windows are well insulated) as well as happier, more alert people.

Sustainably sourced materials

There’s a lot to think about when choosing construction materials – how they’re made, how far they have to travel, how long they’ll last. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; instead, at Eden, we try to opt for the best material in each case, weighing up different considerations, including:

Recycled materials

You can find some innovative examples of recycled building materials in the Core: the green tiles in the floor were originally Heineken bottles, the entrance mats are made from recycled truck tyres, and the cafe floor is made of reclaimed wood.

Responsible manufacturers

We talk to our suppliers about how they’ve manufactured the materials we buy – and in some cases have even asked them to consider doing things differently for us.

For example, the metal roof of the Core comes from a copper mine with one of the highest environmental and social standards in the world, the Bingham Canyon, owned by US-based Kennecott Utah Copper Company. We worked closely with our partners at international minerals company Rio Tinto to source this specially.

Low-waste manufacturing

When we can, we go for products whose manufacturing doesn’t create unnecessary waste. The beautifully curved beams you can see in the ceiling of the Core were constructed using Glulam (glue-laminated layers of timber), a strong material whose offcuts are used as a fuel.

Fewer materials

Our buildings were designed to need as few construction products as possible. For example, the Biomes’ hexagons copy nature’s honeycombs: maximum strength using minimum materials.

Lower-carbon products

Construction materials can result in a lot of carbon emissions, either through an energy-intensive manufacturing process or because they have to be transported a long way to the point of use. Furthermore products sometimes aren’t durable, meaning they’ll need to be replaced in the near future. Find out how this affected our decisions when building the Core.

 

 

More information:
https://www.edenproject.com/