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RESEARCH PRESENTED IN LONDON AND ONLINE: 9th April 6:30pm
A leaked draft of the latest IPCC report from Working Group III, being discussed this week in Berlin, calls for radical emissions reductions globally which will require “large-scale transformations in human societies”. The IPCC report calls for a reduction in emissions of 50% (from 2010 levels) by 2030 for developed nations such as the UK.
Tomorrow, in front of an audience of three hundred in London and broadcast to many more online, researchers will present a radical plan for reducing emissions faster than IPCC projections. Commenting on why we in the UK might need faster emissions reductions than the IPCC top line figure of 50% by 2030, Alice Hooker-Stroud, Zero Carbon Britain research coördinator said:
“Any greenhouse gas we put into the atmosphere from now or risks people’s lives and happiness as well as ecosystems. It isn’t yet clear how likely these levels of emissions would be to increase temperatures by more than two degrees, or how the IPCC have divided the responsibility for cutting emissions between rich and poorer nations. Both of these things are important moral questions relating to climate mitigation which the report will have to make a judgement on.
“What is clear is that radical action is necessary. Our judgement is that as a rich nation with a long history of high emissions and therefore particular responsibility for the climate problem, we should be doing everything we possibly can to limit climate change impacts around the globe, remembering that all future emissions carry a risk.
“Additional benefits to implementing such measures include creating 1.5million jobs, improving population health and increasing the UK’s energy and food self sufficiency, while helping us adapt to climate impacts, such as flooding, that are already in the pipeline.”
Zero Carbon Britain is a rigorous energy scenario which demonstrates that achieving net zero emissions in the UK by 2030 is technically possible using only current technology, while maintaining a modern standard of living.”
The in-depth research, which included modelling hourly energy production and consumption data over a ten year period, shows that net zero emissions are possible using a combination of reducing energy demand, 100% renewable sources of energy and careful management of land.
The IPCC report shows that we are currently failing to implement emissions reduction fast enough. They warn that we are currently on track to overshoot the 2 degrees ‘guardrail’ in global average temperature increase, and would have to consider large-scale carbon-negative technologies if emissions aren’t reduced quickly enough.
“It is neither sensible or desirable to rely on uncertain, large-scale, carbon-negative future technologies : we already have everything we need to act responsibly, and play our part in the global effort to tackle climate change. We shouldn’t be relying on future technologies that may or may not get us out of the problem we all saw coming and knew was avoidable.
“Overshooting the 2 degree ‘guardrail’ would be devastating. I wouldn’t call that a plan at all – it’s reckless and irresponsible. Smaller scale carbon capture by natural ecosystems could play a role in getting the UK to net zero emissions, but we have to respect that there are limits to these systems. There are so many other options for producing low carbon energy and reducing consumption, and there are benefits from choosing to do so.”
Multiple benefits from emissions reduction
Rapidly reducing emissions can’t rely on any single technology. It requires big cultural changes including potential changes to diets, transport patterns and energy consumption. The Zero Carbon Britain scenario includes reducing the amount of meat and dairy in our diet to allow for more provision of food from UK sources, all biomass for energy to be grown sustainably in the UK, and expansion of natural ecosystems for carbon capture.
Yet most of these actions required to reduce emissions were highlighted as having multiple benefits in the IPCC Working Group II summary report released last week:
“Examples of actions [to mitigate climate change] with co-benefits include (i) improved energy efficiency and cleaner energy sources, leading to reduced emissions of health-damaging climate-altering air pollutants; (ii) reduced energy and water consumption in urban areas through greening cities and recycling water; (iii) sustainable agriculture and forestry; and (iv) protection of ecosystems for carbon storage and other ecosystem services.”
Alice concludes on the scale of the transformation necessary:
“Large changes will be necessary to act on climate change, but the solutions are here. We can make these changes now, or have changes imposed upon us from a changed climate for generations to come: it’s our choice.”
The Zero Carbon Britain project is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology. The project models a technically robust scenario where the UK produces net zero emissions by 2030, using only currently available technology and whilst maintaining a modern standard of living.
The latest report ‘Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future’ is the third report published by the project, and includes new detailed research on managing supply and demand with 100% renewable energy, and feeding the population on a healthy, low carbon diet.
Machynlleth, POW SY20 9AZ
The March for England are returning to Brighton on Sunday 27th April.
_ Who are they?
_ Why is this a problem?
_ Why do we need to oppose them?
_ Is there another way?
The current situation of war and economic hardship, combined with the anti-immigrant scaremongering of the press and the UKIP has created a climate where extreme right-wing groups can flourish.
Discussion with: Davy Jones Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Kemptown & sctivists from Stop MFE
LISTEN HERE to the first of a new series of hip hop rap shows spontaneously exuding from Adam Feldman and his guests - some of the most talented Brighton artists. Catch up with future shows Thursday nights 8pm.
This week, on the eleventh anniversary of the Iraq War, Davy Jones hosts a discussion in which Jo Wilding talks about her experiences in Iraq just as the war was starting and thereafter. Riad El-Taher talks about the war the reasons why it happened and the roles of some of the major players.
LISTEN HERE TO LATEST INTERVIEW ON FRACKING .
In Jay’s own words.….….….…..
My son has recently been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that, amongst other things, stops the body from being able to inhibit the growth of tumours.
As a result of the the amazing support we have received from The Neuro Foundation, a small charity that offers help to those affected byNF, I have decided to organise some events to raise money for them.
May 17th is NF Awareness Day so I am putting on a stand up comedy show at the Brighthelm Centre during the Fringe festival. I have been lucky enough to have a number of comedians offer their time in support of the charity including Kevin Eldon (star of BBC2’s ‘It’s Kevin’, ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’, ‘Alan Partridge’ and numerous other shows from the last 20 years) 2013 Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award Winner John Kearns along with Benny Boot, Ed Aczel, Pete Johansson and Christian Talbot, with more acts to be announced.
I am funding the show myself, and have a fairly limited advertising budget so would really appreciate if you are able to help promote the event in any way at all — I could do with as much help as possible so any support would be amazing!
Five same-sex couples tied the knot in Brighton on the day the law allowing gay marriages in England and Wales came into effect.James Preston and Phil Robathan were the first to be married at Brighton Town Hall at 08:00 GMT, where Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus was singing.
We’ve just heard from the court in Brighton where five Balcombe anti-fracking protestors including Caroline Lucas MP are on trial.
And the verdict is… NOT GUILTY!
We hope that you’re as happy as we are with this fantastic news.
But we’re not celebrating quite yet. As Caroline Lucas said this afternoon from outside the court in Brighton:
“We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking, but this judgement is not a victory. We will continue to campaign to end fracking and celebrate when that has been achieved.”
“In the light of the UN’s latest report on climate change, it is clearer than ever that the only safe and responsible thing to do with shale gas is to leave it in the ground.”
“All five of us would like to thank everyone who has turned up to support us and thank the thousands of people who have sent letters, emails and tweets to express their support.”
You can read Caroline’s full reaction to the not-guilty verdict here.
BBC — ‘Green MP Caroline Lucas cleared over Fracking Protest’
Huffington Post — ‘Lucas found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest’
Thank you to the Uni of Sussex dept of Physics and astronomy for letting us share this lecture from a public meeting April 10th. LISTEN HERE
Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership have submitted a bid to UNESCO to become the UK’s newest Biosphere Reserve. The bid documents are the end product of two years’ work by partners. To mark the occasion, Chris Todd, chair of the Biosphere Partnership, handed over the bid documents to James Bridge, Chief Executive of the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), at an event in Brighton.
It is hoped that becoming a Biosphere Reserve will drive up environmental standards by inspiring people to get involved with their local environment and encourage public and private and voluntary bodies to work more closely together. This will help improve the quality of life for residents, while also making it a more attractive place to visit.
Read the bid here.
The proposed Biosphere Reserve covers the whole area between the River Adur and the River Ouse, including extending 2 nautical miles out to sea. To the north it follows the South Downs National Park boundary. It has almost exactly the same area as the Isle of Wight.
Chris Todd, Chair of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership said:
We’ve brought together a growing wide range of partners who have been inspired by the bid. This has already improved networking within and around the area. A successful outcome can only strengthen this partnership and will hopefully inspire more people to get involved with their local environment.”
James Bridge of the UK National Commission for UNESCO said:
We’re proud to endorse the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere bid. The bid highlights the area’s outstanding environment. It is worth adding that our most recent study shows that the UK’s five existing Biosphere Reserves generate an estimated annual financial benefit to the UK of £2.3 million.”
The UKNC has endorsed the Biosphere bid.
A Biosphere Reserve is an international site of excellence to bring together nature conservation and sustainable development in practice, as a working example of a more balanced relationship between people and nature. The UK currently has five Biosphere Reserves.
Find out more about the bid at www.biospherehere.org.uk.
LISTEN HERE to an update with Dr Stefanie Ortmann on the current situation in Ukraine 10−04−14
LISTEN HERE to previous talk on this subject
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.
From BHESCO’s website www.bhesco.co.uk
For many years the ‘Big Six’ energy companies have been in control of the supply of energy to most of us. At BHESCo. we feel that there is and should be an alternative to this inequitable situation. We are a social enterprise, with the experience to establish a community energy supplier, bringing people together in a collective action to take more control of their energy supply. Instead of paying ever increasing gas and electricity bills, BHESCO customers join forces to buy a share in energy projects that we develop. Instead of the profits going to shareholders, we reinvest our money by making our customers homes more energy efficient through insulation, better boilers, draught proofing etc, and we install renewable energy micro-generation at our customer’s property.
Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative Ltd (BHESCo) is a consumer co-operative, an industrial and provident society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. BHESCo was established to help consumers lower their energy costs now and in the future by introducingenergy savings and renewable energy micro-generation in communities, empowering individuals to take more control over their own energy supply.
Listen here: Better World Cameroon: Fostering Regenerative Education & Permaculture Training in Bafut, Cameroon with Joshua Konkankoh
Recorded on Tuesday 8th April Uni of Sussex
Joshua presents a project that involves communities in North West Region of Cameroon and serves as a Demonstration site for Permaculture Training for Central Africa. The Ndanifor Permaculture Eco village has been working to create an alliance of youth networks in Cameroon and the central African region. Since 1996 when Better World Cameroon was registered, its ecological agriculture division has been working to promote responsible farming practices through Environmental Education in schools, Development Education Resource Centres, Nature Parks, school gardens and IT resources as learning tools. This particular project aims to promote and implement ethically & culturally sustainable development through coöperation; apply innovative Eco Village Education and Permaculture Design; develop techniques to empower youth entrepreneurship and community/Eco tourism; establish an IT and e-learning platform as social incubator to improve sharing, learning and global citizenship. Joshua is interesting in discussing what links might be developed with the University of Brighton
Balcombe hit the headlines again this week: not because of the Sauron-like threat of evil Cuadrilla, but because plucky locals in the village have started their own community energy scheme:REPOWERBalcombe.
Indeed, REPOWERBalcombe is one of 15 energy coops launched recently across Sussex. Under the mentoring of Community Energy South, these community groups are now being up-skilled by the team at OVESCO in Lewes, ready for launches in the next 12 months or so.
It’s surely supremely ironic that the threat of fracking in East and West Sussex — where thousands of wells are required to fulfill frack companies’ promises to shareholders — is causing a surge in interest in its alternative.
And while the anti-fracking movement grows in strength, community energy also grows as a positive alternative. Being involved in both camps, it’s interesting to see how anti-fracking is seeding this potential:
- Resistance to fracking has boosted community spirit in areas affected. It’s an old maxim that people tend to unite in the face of a threat; in the towns and village where frackers are intent on drilling, anti-fracking groups are some of the largest (and most active) organisations in each place. This provides fertile ground for similarly aligned groups, such as those supporting renewable energy.
- Anti-fracking requires an attention to detail that that — for many of us — would simply be too dull to contemplate a few years back. Comprehending the miasma of technical, regulatory, legal, and financial mechanisms involved in the oil and gas industry have all been fundamental to the fight against fracking — and blocking frackers uses much of this type of this industry-specific knowledge. The devil really is in the detail.
- These finely — honed skills are transferable onto something more positive. Community energy schemes require learning about organisational structures (usually Coops), working out how to raise money, dealing with lease agreements as well as the technical bits and pieces to do with generation equipment and grid connection. This kind of attention to detail reaps rewards when applied to this new form of renewable energy development.
- The new resistance to government-led programme of unconventional fossil fuels has revealed people power as an effective weapon. And grassroots action cuts both ways: it can resist, but it can also grow. A bottom up movement is rising: with models such as OVESCO in Lewes and Brighton Energy Coop, communities around Sussex (and beyond) can see that their their long-held frustrations over the lack of renewable energy might be sorted out via DIY. If you want something doing, you gotta do it yourself.
In Germany, nearly 50% of renewable energy is owned by individuals and community groups. More than 1000 coops help power the nations renewable energy transition. Many fossil fuel power stations have been shut down; renewable energy has simply out-competed them. For the UK’s oil and gas industry, this is a worrying trend: have their fracking activities kicked over a hornets nest that threatens them with their own extinction?
By Will Cottrell
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