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LISTEN HERE Flemmich Webb interviews Steve Bannatyne manager of refill store Ecostream.
Listen Here: Hallouminati interviewed by Chris Barthlomew. Wonderful People, Wonderful Music! ENJOY!!
This week Kayla talks to her colleague from Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op Oliver Pendered who is their Communications and Communities Director
Ollie has turned his passion for the outdoors into a productive career in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, energy efficiency and renewable energy. He is the Founder of Communities Matter, a visionary organisation supporting people in effecting sustainable change through grass roots community engagement. He brings his skills in strategic communications to the BHESCO team, his commitment to providing clear information to communities; project management and facilitation as well as change and issue management.
LISTEN HERE TO LATEST INTERVIEW ON FRACKING .
A flock of 350 sheep are being employed to improve rare chalk grassland in the South Downs National Park near Brighton, vital for the survival of local butterflies, thanks to support from The Veolia Environmental Trust.
Phillippa Morrison-Price, a South Downs National Park ranger, said:
“Chalk grassland is one of the most endangered habitats in the country and vital to the survival of wildlife such as the chalkhill blue and brown argus butterflies. But it only exists because of the grazing that’s taken place here over thousands of years. Reintroducing grazing animals, like these sheep, is vital for the survival of the grassland and the butterflies that need it to thrive.
“The benefits of this work will be seen much further too. The South Downs’ chalk downland is also relied on by more than a million people in and around the National Park for clean drinking water and tens of millions of people as a valuable green space.”
The work contributes to wider plans to safeguard and enhance endangered chalk downland led by the South Downs National Park Authority. The Veolia Environmental Trust have awarded a grant of £40,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund which is helping to improving the chalk grassland near Saddlescombe Farm, Brighton, where rare and threatened butterfly species such as the small blue, chalkhill blue and the brown argus can still be found.
The funding means that newly improved chalk grassland on the edge of Waterhall Golf Course will join up with chalk grassland already managed by Brighton and Hove City Council – increasing the area that the butterflies can call home by 50 per cent.
Speaking about the arrival of the sheep, The Veolia Environmental Trust’s Executive Director, Paul Taylor, said:
“This is brilliant news for the butterfly population, the local community and the South Downs’ many visitors. Over the last five years we have awarded £964,779 to community and environmental projects in East Sussex and it is always great to hear about the progress of one we are supporting.
“I hope the sheep enjoy their new home and help local butterflies thrive for many years to come.”
The Veolia Environmental Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.
The sheep were unavailable for comment.
The South Downs National Park
Uniquely combining a biodiverse landscape with bustling towns and villages, the South Downs National Park covers an area of over 1,600 km2 and is home to more than 110,400 people.
Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.
Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund
Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.
LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.
The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects for over 16 years. Since it was established in 1997, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc has supported them with contributions of over £55 million to 1698 projects.
They have helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, please visit www.veoliatrust.org.
LISTEN HERE Helen, Elsa, Mark and Ruth discuss they’re recent visit to Palestine.
LISTEN HERE Dr. Stefanie Ortmann Lecturer in International Relations (International Relations, School of Global Studies) University of Sussex discusses the current situation in Ukraine, followed by a Q&A.
- Her geographic area of research is Russia and the former Soviet space (in particular relations between Russia and Central Asia).
- More concretely, she is currently pursuing four research projects:
- - the evolving identity of the Russian state as “hyper-Westphalian” Great Power and sovereign democracy in the post-Soviet period, and the light this sheds on the concept of identity and state socialization in constructivist IR.
- - political conspiracy theories in the former Soviet space
- - the possibility of a critical approach to Area Studies and the relationship between fieldwork/area research and IR
- - A Leverhulme-funded research project (2010−1013) investigates élite networks between Russia and Central Asia and their implications for post-Soviet state building, the nature of “international politics” in the CIS, and the perpetuation of the post-Soviet space.
Listen here to the Institute of Physics evening lecture held at University of Sussex on March 4th: Thank you so much to the Institute of Physics for kindly allowing us to share this lecture with our listeners. These lectures are free — watch this website for details of the next AND GO ALONG
Speaker: Dr Silke Britzen, Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, Germany
Title: An astronomer’s view on Black Holes
Abstract: Black Holes are the most attractive and most compact objects in our Universe. They are expected to be at the very centres of the brightest galaxies. Their masses range from millions to billions of solar masses. Black Holes cannot be observed directly but astronomers have gathered a lot of indirect evidence for their existence.
In this talk I will present highest resolution observations of the most important effects of Black Holes on their environment. I will also describe the current status of the endeavour to image the Event Horizon of the Galactic Centre Black Hole. The physical nature of a Black Hole cannot be fully described within Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Trying to understand all facets of these objects is a
major challenge but promises great potential for a better understanding of fundamental physics.
According to an analysis of Environment Agency data released today by Friends of the Earth, there are 2632 homes at flood risk in the Lewes area. This includes 594 homes which have been judged by the Environment Agency to be at significant risk.
Lewes and the wider area has suffered severely in the past from floods and local rivers rose alarmingly this winter. Nationally, over 6,000 homes have been affected by the winter floods. However, the figures show there is a much larger number of properties in the UK that could face flooding in future. This is a concern as climate change is set to make flooding more widespread.
Worse still, the Government’s own Climate Change Risk Assessment estimates that almost one million UK homes could be at significant flood risk by the 2020s, up from the 370,000 currently at significant risk nationwide. Yet the Government is spending £500 million less on flood defences than is required to keep pace with climate change, according to its own advisors, while cutting spending on energy efficiency and bringing uncertainty to renewable energy projects.
Friends of the Earth South East Regional Campaigner Brenda Pollack, said:
“Flooding is devastating for anyone that is affected by it and as a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.”
“Prevention is better than cure, so it’s also vital that the Government redouble efforts to stop climate change becoming worse.”
“We are asking Norman Baker MP to support the call for flood defences in line with the risks posed by climate change, and for more investment to make homes energy efficient, switch to renewable energy and get off climate-changing and polluting fossil fuels.”
Norman Baker MP for Lewes said:
“There can surely now be nobody who doubts climate change is upon us. Year on year we are seeing more weather extremes, whether it is terms of temperature, rainfall or storms. The world response so far, in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, has been woefully inadequate and even countries like the UK where we have done more than most have not done enough.
“The recent floods fortunately did not hit the town of Lewes this time, but they did affect properties in my constituency such as in Barcombe. It is clear we will need to do more in terms of adaptation to deal with the climate change that is now inevitable, as well as working hard to try to stop it getting any worse than it is already set to be. That includes an energy policy based solidly around energy efficiency and renewables.”
Notes to editors
1. Of the homes identified by the Environment Agency as being at risk of flooding, the agency has split the risk levels into low, moderate and significant.
The chance of flooding in any given year:
× Low = 1 in 200 to 1 in 1000
× Moderate = 1 in 75 to 1 in 200
× Significant = More than 1 in 75
2. Over 6,000 homes have been flooded this winter: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/19/uk-flooding-victims-council-tax-rebates-david-cameron
3. Figures for homes projected to be at future flood risk taken from the Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment, 2012:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69487/pb13698-climate-risk-assessment.pdf
4. Details of homes projected to be at flood risk in future are contained in this technical annex:http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=10075_CCRAfortheFloodsandCoastalErosionSector16July2012.pdf- see page 204 of the report (p.232 in the PDF).
5. The Government’s advisers at the Committee on Climate Change have warned that current flood defence investment falls £500 million behind what is required to keep pace with climate change. Blog and briefing here: http://www.theccc.org.uk/blog/more-money-for-flood-defence-repairs/
6. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things differently. For further information visit www.foe.co.uk
IS CRIME REALLY FALLING?
Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent
Both police reported crime statistics and the results of criminal victimisation surveys appear to indicate dramatic falls in crime in recent years. Falling crime has become conventional wisdom
But how far do such figures reflect reality? Dr Marian Fitzgerald, former Home Office researcher and currently Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent has been among the most articulate critics of simplistic generalisations about ‘falling crime’
She speaks to the University of Brighton criminology group on
18th March at 6.00pm
University of Brighton
Mayfield House building
further details from
Visiting Professor of Criminology
School of Applied Social Science
University of Brighton
Brighton BN1 9PH
A report  released today by the British Government, after months of delay, confirms that the use of food banks across the UK is soaring.
The report, which was released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is damning for the Government. It highlights the inaccuracy of claims made by Lord Freud, a Government minister, which suggested that a rise in food bank use could be simply because of increased availability of the service. 
The report states that: “There is no systematic evidence on the impact of increased supply and hypotheses of its potential effects are not based on robust evidence.”
Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for South East England and the author of the ‘Food Bank Britain’report, said:
“This report confirms two things that we already knew. Firstly it reminds us that demand for food banks in the UK is soaring. My own research last year showed a 60% rise in demand in my constituency, and I know similar surges in demand have occurred all over the UK.
This report, which the Government has avoided releasing for many months, also confirms that the increase in demand for food banks is not simply because there are more of them supplying emergency food handouts. This explodes the myth, perpetuated by Government Minister Lord Freud, that food bank users are taking free handouts just because they’re available.
Food bank use is soaring because people in Britain are experiencing the grind of poverty. Wages have stagnated for years, benefits are being cut and, increasingly, people are finding their benefits removed without any good reason.
This out of touch Government has attempted to create an atmosphere of contempt for the poorest in society. Ultimately we know that poverty is a result of policy, and that the Government is responsible for the fact that so many people in this country are relying on emergency food handouts to support their families.”
1) The Government report is available here:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/283071/household-food-security-uk-140219.pdf
3) Keith Taylor’s report, Food Bank Britain, is available here: http://issuu.com/greenkeithmep/docs/food_bank_britain_final
On April the 28th Brighton Uni Drama Society (BUDS) will perform a production of Hamlet at the Marlborough Theatre. Join Rob and Scott (in their return to the station) as they discuss directing the show and interview their cast and crew. This week Rob and Scott introduce the series and are joined by Hugo Harwood, who plays Claudius — King of Denmark.
New Economics Foundation fellows and co-authors of What If Money Grew On Trees?, David Boyle and Andy Simms, held this Sunday evening debate in the Blind Tiger pub last weekend.
‘What if…?’ are the two words that sow the seeds for human speculation, experimentation, invention, evolution, revolution and change.
In an uncertain age, consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns equal pay, banks do not exist and international trade is banned.
Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? What if we followed an economic model, as if people and the planet mattered?
Analyse these topics and more, and pitch your own ‘What if…?’ questions to the experts who are working to transform the economy.
What If Money Grew On Trees? Is published by Ivy Press
Meredith Collins from Brighton’s Pighog Publishing House talks to writer and poet MacGillivray.
MacGillivray is a Scottish writer and artist. Her poetry inhabits a rich artistic universe encompassing performance art, song-writing and the use of visual media such as sculpture and photography. Her multi-disciplinary practice gives her words an imaginative scope which few young poets in the UK can rival.
MacGillivray’s work summons forth a pantheon of muses, outlaws and showmen from the dark corners of Scottish and American history, animating their world with an incantatory free verse that is shockingly contemporary and hauntingly ritualistic. The poems excavate passion and transgression with precision and sympathy, allowing the reader to witness history from surprising new angles.
Under her birth name Kirsten Norrie, she has a Doctorate in Performance and Scottish Identity, for which she studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. Her thesis is titled Cloth, Cull and Cocktail; Anatomising the Performer Body of ‘Scotland’. The wealth of academic research she undertook as part of this finds further expression in her debut collection, The Last Wolf of Scotland. This work treads a fine line between surreal reality and imaginative abstraction, in order to trace the violence through which national mythologies are forged and perpetuated, from the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands to the piratical showmanship of the wild west.
Pighog is an award-winning independent publisher creating groundbreaking experiences of the written and spoken word. They publish high quality original poetry, fiction and non-fiction work from a diverse range of regional, national and international voices. They are known for discovering exciting new talent and for unique and distinctive publications. Their aim is to present high quality work through high quality presentation — in print, online and live. They were shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Publishers’ Award in 2012 and 2013, and Charlotte Gann’s The Long Woman was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. They do not back any particular literary ideology but prefer to offer readers a stimulating choice of well-made work. Their artistic eclecticism is complemented by dedication to regional voices. Their Sussex Series has brought attention to a group of writers who have been termed the ‘Beach Generation’. Pighog are committed to both traditional and new media publication. They are the first publisher to issue a book via Twitter, sending out a guide to writing poetry as a series of Tweets. Titles are now available on Kindle and Kobo.
LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSIONS ON UK WEATHER DIFFERENCES, HOLIDAYS AND AIRPORT ISSUES AS WELL AS JOANNA’S EXPERIENCES FINDING POLISH FOOD IN BRIGHTON AND HOMELESS ISSUES
Welcome to Joanna from the University of Sussex Polish Students Society who has joined the RFB team to re-launch the Polish Show our weekly conversation with the Polish Community here in Brighton and friends and colleagues in Poland. In this show she describes some of her first experiences of living in the UK and gives some useful tips for Polish students who have recently arrived. Good luck Joanna!