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www.350.org – campaigning to reduce the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 29, 2009

350 campaignOur mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis-to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number–it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

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Children’s Food Campaign slams Nestlé’s refusal to change unhealthy cereal products

Posted in Green parenting by Pridham on August 25, 2009

Campaigners at the Children’s Food Campaign are appalled by Nestlé’s statement yesterday on industry news website Food and Drink Europe that it will not ditch many of its unhealthiest cereals.

Children’s Food Campaign joint coordinator Christine Haigh said:

“This announcement shows that Nestlé’s claim to be “the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company” is pure spin. Many of Nestlé’s cereal products, such as Cheerios and Shreddies, are high in sugar which contributes to obesity, tooth decay and a range of other health problems. Yet while Nestlé try to win kudos for their commitment to health, they quietly let it be known through trade websites that they are still going to promote high sugar cereals, many of which are aimed at children.”

She continued: “Nestlé’s action shows it is no use asking the food industry nicely to change its ways. If the Government is serious about improving health they must use their powers to regulate. A good start would be expelling Nestlé from the anti-obesity Change4Life campaign.”

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Water labels on food: issues and recommendations

Posted in Home by Pridham on August 25, 2009
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Water labels on food: issues and recommendations

Across the globe, water scarcity is shaping up to be one of the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of coming decades. A new report examines what we should do about it.

We need water – lots of it – to grow food. We use 140 litres of water to make a cup of coffee, and 8,000 litres to produce 500g of beef.

Our use of water to produce food becomes a critical issue when water is taken out of an ecosystem faster than the system can be replenished by natural processes. This over-exploitation can lead to a range of environmental problems, including decreased river flows, shrinking lakes and polluted groundwater.

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Future Climate Australia

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 25, 2009

‘Climate Change: What we know and what it means’ – View Powerpoint presentation 4.28 MB pdf Key messages from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, prepared by leading Australian climate scientist Dr Graeme Pearman, 2007.

Toxin-free, easy to use and eco-friendly: What’s not to like about the Mooncup? | Jill Tunstall | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Posted in Uncategorized by Pridham on August 22, 2009
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Toxin-free, easy to use and eco-friendly: What’s not to like about the Mooncup?

Some undignified suction noises are a small price to pay. But I won’t be emptying the blood on to my compost heap

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Mooncup menstrual cup

The Mooncup, a silicone cup that collects menstrual blood, is washable, reusable and about as green as you can get. Photograph: Geoff Moore/Rex Features

via Toxin-free, easy to use and eco-friendly: What’s not to like about the Mooncup? | Jill Tunstall | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Mean green manure – Times Online

Posted in Home by Pridham on August 22, 2009

I have recently sown some green manure on my allotment to cover the bare patches of soil that I recently harvested. If left bare they would create the perfect residence for nuisance weeds.

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UK Govt Sustainable Development – Key Priority Areas – Sustainable communities – global to local

Posted in Home by Pridham on August 21, 2009

What makes a community sustainable?Sustainable communities should be: Active, inclusive and safe – Fair, tolerant and cohesive with a strong local culture and other shared community activities. Well run – with effective and inclusive participation, representation and leadership. Environmentally sensitive – providing places for people to live that are considerate of the environment. Well designed and built – featuring a quality built and natural environment. Well connected – with good transport services and communication linking people to jobs, schools, health and other services. Thriving – with a flourishing and diverse local economy. Well served – with public, private, community and voluntary services that are appropriate to people’s needs and accessible to all. Fair for everyone – including those in other communities, now and in the future

Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

Opencast coalmine rise ‘makes UK a joke’

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by Severin Carrell

Britain will be a joke at Copenhagen, warns Nasa scientist James Hansen, as government authorises more mines

Coal production in Britain has increased sharply after a surge in new opencast coal mines, undermining the government’s claim to be a world leader on combating climate change.

Dozens of opencast coal mines have been authorised by ministers and local councils across the UK, reversing a decade-long decline in coal production in Britain and often against intense local opposition.

As a result, mining companies are now sitting on 71m tonnes of coal in licensed opencast mines, compared with 55m tonnes in 2007. And over the next few months, the industry is likely to win permission to mine another 15m tonnes from across the UK.

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UN chief warns of Copenhagen failure

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

UN chief warns of Copenhagen failure

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by David Adam

Yvo de Boer says process too slow to reach deal at close of meeting in Bonn aimed at trimming 200-page draft treaty

A new global treaty on climate change is unlikely unless negotiations accelerate, the UN’s top climate change official warned today. Speaking at the close of another meeting intended to lay the ground for a new deal, Yvo de Boer, head of the UN climate secretariat said there was a real risk of failure.

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Oil Lobby to fund phoney campaign

Posted in Climate Change by Pridham on August 15, 2009

Oil lobby to fund phoney campaign against US climate change strategy

from Environment news, comment and analysis | guardian.co.uk by Suzanne Goldenberg

Email from American Petroleum Institute outlines plan to create appearance of public opposition to Obama’s climate and energy reform

The US oil and gas lobby are planning to stage public events to give the appearance of a groundswell of public opinion against legislation that is key to Barack Obama’s climate change strategy, according to campaigners.

A key lobbying group will bankroll and organise 20 ”energy citizen” rallies in 20 states. In an email obtained by Greenpeace, Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute (API), outlined what he called a “sensitive” plan to stage events during the August congressional recess to put a “human face” on opposition to climate and energy reform.

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