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Mobile phones = Less Bees?

Have you seemed to notice that recently theres been less bees around… funnily enough when you open the window these days not a bee gets in! lucky i guess…but this seems to be a problem in the eyes of scientists…

Scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world’s harvests fail.

 

They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world – the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon – which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe – was beginning to hit Britain as well.

The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees’ navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up.

Noted in The Independent: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) occurs when a hive’s inhabitants suddenly disappear, leaving only queens, eggs and a few immature workers, like so many apian Mary Celestes. The vanished bees are never found, but thought to die singly far from home. The parasites, wildlife and other bees that normally raid the honey and pollen left behind when a colony dies, refuse to go anywhere near the abandoned hives.

The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast.

CCD has since spread to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. And last week John Chapple, one of London’s biggest bee-keepers, announced that 23 of his 40 hives have been abruptly abandoned.

Other apiarists have recorded losses in Scotland, Wales and north-west England, but the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs insisted: “There is absolutely no evidence of CCD in the UK.”

No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites, pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been proposed, but all have drawbacks. The implications of the spread are alarming. Most of the world’s crops depend on pollination by bees.

Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, “Man would have only four years of life left”.

Is this telling us something??

 

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April 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Gore Calls For Technology Development To Combat Global Warming

The Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore called on businesses and governments alike to develop information technology and implement public policy to correct inefficiencies to eliminate the gross waste of energy that contributes to global warming.

During his speech Gore highlighted massive environmental problems, created by a soaring world population and an untold amount of carbon emissions. He underscored that the number of carbon particles have increased exponentially over the last century, noting that the Co2 emissions have risen to 385 parts per million from less than 300 parts per million a generation ago. Meanwhile, Gore reiterated that the Arctic floating ice cap is melting at a pace rapid enough that some scientists have estimated it to disappear entirely in the next five years, while adding, “It’s been there for three million.”

A large part of the problem, Gore said, was that governments and businesses are relying on the same outdated technologies to process carbon from more than 100 years ago. These processes have created inefficiencies that are virtually invisible but are responsible for wasting more than 90 percent of the net energy extracted during the carbon process.

To address the problem, Gore emphasized that businesses needed to develop information technology that would bring these gross inefficiencies in carbon processing to light -an endeavor which means that businesses might have to rethink assumptions that making the transition would be too costly or negatively affect profits.

“What I’d challenge you do to is find an opportunity that is inherent in making this change,” Gore said. But while businesses have already embarked on changing products and energy processing techniques, Gore concluded by emphasizing that it would take active legislation by the policy makers before this crisis can be fully addressed.

“You change light bulbs but we need to change laws,” he said. “We have everything we need to fight this crisis except political will. Fortunately, in the United States, political will is a renewable resource.”

April 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

April Snow?

Snowing in britain? Surely its meant to be ‘April showers’ instead of snow?

Its shocking for any Brit to wake up and look outside the window, on what is supposed to be a ‘lovely’ spring day, to find that there is more than 3inches of snow everywhere!

The Telegraph described it as ‘the worst snowfall in 20 years that britain has seen’ 

Yes winter has returned!

so what does this event tell us about climate change?  Is it concerning to others that our seasons seem to be altering, summers are turning in to winters, and winters are turning in to summers, is that a good thing?

As much as i was happy and excited to see the amount of snow and it being there for more than a whole day, a part of me felt like the world was turning upside down and I dreaded on knowing what more is to come….

 A girl is given a sled ride by her father on Tooting Common

LONDON – APRIL 06: A young girl is towed by her father on a snow covered Tooting Common on April 6, 2008 in London, England. Snow fell across most of the Uk with signs of Spring being covered in blanket of snow. Forecasters have predicted heavier falls and icy conditions for much of the country.

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Global Warming Going Fashionable?

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I think some people are forgetting that Global warming is a major climate crisis and not a fashion statement! so here again, we see how the global warming issue has been manipulated as a means to sell, increase consumer expenditure, in the mainstream media, this time through advertising and global brand marketing.

Brands, such as Diesel, are giving people the impression that Global Warming is cool and again using this issue as an advertising tool for their products. Their latest ad campaign focuses on global warming – declaring their clothes “global warming ready” in the corner of each ad.

Its quite annoying that even though they seem to be anti-global warming activists and feature lifestyle tips on their website and promote www.stopglobalwarming.org, theres still a feeling that their ads are addressing to the public that they should dress for the weather and consume to cope, rather than worry about weather changes we are experiencing.

Take for instance one of their ads (above) featuring a man and woman lounging on top of a New York City skyscraper, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean that has inundated the city and covered all but the tops of tall buildings. Funnily enough the couple do not seem concerned (The ‘2007 Haute Couture)

Global warming activists reckon that the ads reinforce our short term economic thinking, conspicuous consumption – and ethnocentric lifestyle. Why worry about global warming, after all – if the ocean gets warm enough and rises enough – you can go to the beach right there in the big apple!

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April 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Star Helps To Save The World’

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The 11th Hour is a 2007 feature film documentary, created, produced and narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio, on the state of the environment. its premiere was at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. with contributions from more than 50 of the world’s most prominent thinkers and activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and journalist Paul Hawken. The film documents the grave problems facing the planet. global warming, deforestation, mass species, extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. the film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy.

In todays issue of The Post, Leonardo Dicaprio tells why he made his own environmental documentary, The 11th Hour, which was released in the UK on March 21st, and says we all must take responsibility for the planet.

 

This documentary is something that I have been trying to do for many years,”he says. “Ever since i started environmental, I’ve wanted to do a documentary that really encompasses every major environmental issue in the world and speaks to all the greatest experts.” 

And the 11th Hour certainly goes some way to achieving that, talking to scientist Stephen Hawking and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, as it explores man’s impact on the planet, and, more importantly, what we can do to change it.  Going green- changing not only the way we live, but what we buy and how we entertain ourselves- has been of increasing concern to Leo, who is one of the producers of the documentary, as well as its narrator. 

“I was tiered of watching news programmes and listening to environmentalists or scientists who have devoted their lives to an issue like global warming, having to sit there and get wrangled in to some sort of argument about whether this is really happening or not,” says the 33year old star.  

“We wanted to make a homemade movie where we got the greatest minds possible all speaking uninterrupted without any corporate backing or studio involvement from the onset.” Documentary film in Hollywood is on the up, with the success of Micheal Moore films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko, and of course that of former president Al Gore, whose film An Inconvenient Truth hit the headlines two years ago- and had a profound impact on the already environmentally conscious Leo. He added,”I look at films like 9/11 and numerous others that changed the political climate. The message has been put out there in a much more profound way specifically because of Al Gore’s movie.” 

“If it wasnt for An Inconvenient Truth and him having put the science of Global Warming and its impact on a global scale, a movie like this wouldnt be possible,” he admits.

 

“This film has a broader spectrum in the sense that we talk about personal responsibility, and about the role of governments and corporations along with solutions as well. It really highlights the fact taht we have solutions out there today that can reduce the human carbon footprint by 90 per cent. Its about implementing these things in to our daily lives.” So just how did the Departed actor become so climate conscious? 

“About 10 years ago, Al Gore explained to me what climate change and global warming was, the science behind it and the decades of research he had done on the subject, it really propelled me to want to be more vocal about the issue, because it seemed that the change of weather, the flooding, the hurricanes, all these things, that there wasnt enough of a connection being made in the mainstream media.”

 

 

 

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Industry Impacts of Climate Change: The Business Case for Corporate Use of Renewable Energy in Europe‏

GROWING CORPORATE INTEREST IN USING RENEWABLE ENERGY

European corporations are increasingly using renewable energy resources for their electricity and thermal energy needs. For instance:

British Telecom, The Co-Operative Group, SE-Banken, and other European firms are buying wind-generated electricity from their retail power providers.

IKEA, Lufthansa, Ford UK, and other firms have installed on-site solar electric (also called solar photovoltaic or PV) systems to provide clean power at some of their facilities.

Willamette Industries, Stora Enso, International Paper, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, and others are using biomass instead of natural gas or coal to generate heat and/or power at corporate sites.

Major corporations—including ABN AMRO, IKEA, Rabobank, Nutreco, and Tetra Pak—now obtain nearly 100 percent of their electricity in certain European countries from renewable resources.

What is the business case for companies to use renewable resources to meet their energy needs?  The World Resources Institute’s experience working with a number of leading corporations indicates that firms are switching to renewable energy to obtain one or more of the following business benefits:

Lower or stabilized energy costs. In some situations, using renewable energy can directly lower corporate energy costs or stabilize corporate energy prices.

Reduced emissions. Using renewable energy can help companies reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and other airborne pollutants that pose regulatory and financial risks to firms.

Stronger stakeholder relationships. Using renewable energy can strengthen a company’s image and relationships with its various stakeholders, including customers, local communities, employees, and shareholders.

But is this yet another money making technique?

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Making ‘Green’ Mainstream

We all read it, we all hear it, we all see it on tv, every time you turn a newspaper or switch between tv channels you are bound to hear about one of the biggest problems the earth is facing today- Global Warming.  Everyday we are being told that the earth is heating up but the debate is centred on how much is due to human activity.

The question is, can the world afford a global warming fight. We hear so much about ways to conserve, we hear about the few great people who do their bit on making life greener in order to make that difference but is just a few people doing their bit enough. A few of us go out our way to make our environment just that little bit more greener, be it recycling or turning of the light, but how much is that really helping in the long run if the majority are still dependant on greenless essentials.

Making green mainstream will mean economic issues taking place. With global markets in turmoil and the U.S threatened by recession, negotiators at a climate change conference are asking: can nations afford to make rapid cuts in emissions to fight global warming without going into an economic tailspin?

March 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments