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The University Of Manchester Announced That Its Eco Cities Initiative For Sustainable Cities Will Use Bruntwood’s Office Buildings As ‘Living Laboratories’ To Test Climate Change Adaptation Methods

Climate modelling undertaken by the Forestry Commission suggests that by 2080, the temperature in Manchester will mirror that of the current climate in Naples. This will mean that during the height of summer, the temperature in a typical office building will reach up to 28°C.

The University Of Manchester Announced That Its Eco Cities Initiative For Sustainable Cities Will Use Bruntwood’s Office Buildings As 'Living Laboratories' To Test Climate Change Adaptation Methods

Michael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood said: “Although the battle to gain acceptance of global warming is now almost won, the task of gaining a clear understanding of what practically and realistically can be done to adapt to its impacts is to a large extent still the topic of much debate and uncertainty.”

Climate modelling predicts changes to the rainfall in the UK, which will become heavy and more infrequent compared with the fine and persistent rainfall the UK is used to. Such changes in the climate will have a significant impact on the way people live and work.

The Eco Cities project will explore methods of adapting existing office space to the effects of climate change to ensure comfortable working conditions can be maintained, without relying on energy hungry technology.

Working with a global network of individuals and organisations, the project will provide Greater Manchester with a blueprint for a climate change adaptation strategy that will become a resource for planners and other relevant stakeholders with a responsibility for action in this field.

In addition to the adaptation of commercial property, it will also equip Greater Manchester with knowledge and understanding on how its public spaces and homes need to adapt.

Michael commented, “Reducing our output of CO2 is a task requiring government action but of equal importance is a clear understanding at city and individual level as to the vital role that they have to play in adapting our urban areas to a changing climate.

“Eco Cities aims to make a major contribution to the adaptation debate and to give clear and scientifically verified guidance to local government, companies and individuals.

About Eco Cities:
The project seeks to provide Greater Manchester, by the end of 2011, with a climate change adaptation blueprint. This will be based on leading scientific research, extensive stakeholder engagement and best practice examples of new programmes successfully piloted during the project. Eco Cities is funded through charitable donations from Bruntwood and The Oglesby Charitable Trust.

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npower Volunteers Care For Coastline In Beach Clean Up

A group of wildlife enthusiasts from the npower graduate scheme has been giving Welsh beaches a boost in time for the British summer, donning their wellies to clean up the coastline in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Graduates from npower’s power station in Aberthaw adopted a stretch of coast and spent a day carrying out a beach clean, working to guidelines provided by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), which is a UK charity dedicated to the protection of seas, shores and wildlife.

The group scaled the beach with a litter picking mission, helping to protect wildlife in the area and supporting the MCS’s campaign for cleaner seas, by providing campaigners with information about the litter found on the shoreline.

The Graduate Volunteers Day saw npower graduates support seven projects near to its operations across the UK. As a Volunteering England initiative in support of Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June) it is the latest drive from the organisation to encourage staff to support projects in their local community through its employee volunteering scheme.

Niall Moroney, team leader from npower, said: “Taking care of our shoreline is essential to the health of our seas and impacts greatly on marine life.

“The MCS has shown us that we can all do our part in protecting our beaches. Our work today mirrors our commitment to caring for the environment, keeping our beaches clean and safe for the next generation.”

Sue Kinsey from the MCS said: “We are delighted that this beautiful piece of coast has been adopted by the team. The results of their litter sweep will be essential in helping us determine the next step in conserving the area, and is a vital indication of the state of our oceans.”

In total 60 npower graduates volunteered on 4 June at projects in Swindon, Birmingham, Leeds, Didcot, Worcester and Aberthaw.

About npower:
RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious Community Mark from Business in the Community (BitC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The Community Mark is a new BitC standard, created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes. npower is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and provides gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources green energy directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost. npower sponsors the 2009 Ashes Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup organised by the Wisden Cricketer.

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The Prince Of Wales ‘Frog’ Campaign Receives Support by Richard Branson

Richard Branson pledged his support for the Prince of Wales “Frog” Campaign. Richard stated “As you all know, for many years I have been concerned with climate change and its impact. The plight of rainforestsos.orgthe world’s rainforests is a massive influence on this and perhaps the single most important factor in protecting our environment – that is why I have served on the steering group for this project.

“I will use my speeches and contacts to reinforce his message. The Prince is looking for public support across the globe by seeking millions of sign ups for his web based petition.”

Simon Burridge CEO of Virgin Games (poker, casino and bingo games) commented “This is another great initiative by Richard and The Prince of Wales. They are setting the standard when it comes to campaigning on climate change. Virgin Games is thrilled to be a part of helping bring awareness of the devastation that it’s having to rainforests all over the world.”

To find out more and get involved with the The Princes Rainforest Project please go to www.rainforestsos.org and pledge your support to saving the worlds rainforests.

About Virgin Games

Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

  • Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
  • Virgin Poker, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too
  • Virgin Bingo offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme

UK Recyclers Get Battle Footage To Help Them Out…

The film “Bin vs Printer” has been unleashed by WRAP to highlight the need and facilities for recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. (WEEE)

Hosted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEPWF_mBQw the minute-long animation recreates a tarantino-eque duel between an obsolete printer and a wheelie bin. The aim of the film is to remind people not just to bin their waste electrical goods, but instead to recycle them- there is also URL supplied at which people can find out where they can do this at http://www.dontbinitbringit.org/

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations are in place across Europe and local authorities, with the help of major electrical retailers, have joined forces to provide facilities for the re-use of electrical components.

According to research conducted recently, 30 per cent of UK residents have never recycled an electric or electronic device. Recycle Now believes that this is due to a lack of information and has unleashed an interactive Regeneration Game, in which users put in their postcode to find out details about their nearest recycling facilities.

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Reforesting Planet Earth for the sake of Human Survival

ACSA challenges causes of Global Warming, confronts Al Gore on consequences of his spreading misinformation.

Famed research foundation proposes the real threat is, due to the net loss of nearly 10 billion acres of trees since 1492 AD, that humans have damaged the Oxygen/Carbon cycle, which within 250 years could lead to human extinction. (http://10ba.org)

The ACSA 2005 Deforestation Report: a study submitted to the UN and World Bank. 10 Billion Acres Project is 100% supported by their ECO Assessment. More on 10ba.org

ACSA believes it has found the real cause of Global Warming: a little known era called “the Interglacial Period” that has been underway for nearly 18,000 years since the first half of a post Pleisticine Era Ice Age. Ice Ages are split into two halves, each equally frozen periods. In between, the Interglacial Period is a period of alternating Global Warming and Global Cooling cycles caused by changes in the Earth’s ocean levels, carbon cycles, ocean saline levels and the Earth’s angle of axis.

Earth has reached a Warming cycle that will end in the next 250 to 2000 years, but, it is still far, far colder than it was during the Pleisticine Era and precursors, which was the many millennium period on earth when Life emerged and expanded, after leaving the “snowball” like state it was in 340 million years ago.

It is actually NORMAL for the earth to be heating at this moment, with human activities contributing only a modest amount to that warming cycle, about 6/740th over all or 8 tenths of 1 percent in terms of the amount of CO2 contributed (6 billion versus 740 billion tons).

ACSA confronted Al Gore with the facts, publicly, but has not received a formal reply to the analytic information presented on its new website for the purpose of halting the Oxygen Depletion: “Ten Billion Acres” (http://10ba.org).

“Al Gore is, quite simply, wrong in blaming human activities as the cause for Global Warming. However, it is quite easy to get confused with a rise in CO2 in the atmosphere and what is really behind Global Warming. The earth is going through a natural glacial decline and arctic/antarctic ice cap meltdown. We needn’t worry about it recooling, as the space around us is enormously cold.” says Ed Englebart, PhD, a representative of the ACSA and chair of the 10BA project. “We have, however, found worse news in analyzing the misinformation and bad science found in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, for which and other activities, Mr. Gore received one very inappropriate Nobel Prize I might add. Fact is, apparently unbeknownst to Gore, humanity is facing extinction from a different cause.”

“In 1492 our planet had Eighteen and a Half (18.5) billion acres of forests (and associated forest plant life, soils, insects and so on). Unfortunately, due to the expansion of civilization, we are today only left with Eight and a Half (8.5) billion acres: there has been a net loss of 10 Billion Acres of trees. During that time, 500 years about, other photosynthetic life has compensated for human existence and CO2 by the expansion of Algaes, which now deliver nearly 66% of all Oxygen to our Atmosphere through photosynthesis of sunlight and CO2. In 1492, Algae only delivered 33%, the trees did the rest. However, we are rapidly outgrowing the Algae’s ability to compensate the atmosphere.” commented the spokesperson.

“Within 50 years we will see significant decline in Oxygen to the point where, within 250 to 500 years, there won’t be enough to go around. We’ve worsened the picture by mining coal, it has left the earth without it’s ‘liver’, filtering that ordinarily removes toxins from runoff water. And our tendency to pollute the air does not help. Ground pollutants and agricultural runoff has damaged the rivers and oceans with pollutants normally not present, altering Algae’s ability to photosynthesize and creating microbes in the earth’s waters never before seen. This is accelerating forward the date after which we can no longer survive. We need to plant back those missing ten billion acres of trees, and put rock artesian filtration into the spaces formerly occupied by Coal. Or humanity will become extinct!” Englebart continued.

The ACSA has organized a plan to build huge tree arbors in properly situated locations around the Earth and is seeking help doing so.

For more information, contact the ACSA via web at http://10ba.org (the 10 Billion Acres website). ACSA is a 501(c)3 tax exempt private foundation with a public focus on advocacy and programs that contribute to the quality of life on earth. It is headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico with business offices in central New Jersey. Its main web is http://acsa.net.

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Water, water everywhere. Not any more.

“Water conservation is not something to do on an occasional basis. At this point in earth’s history it is time for water conservation to become part of a lifestyle change.” So says Ellen McNeill, owner of the recently launched MyConservationBaby.com, a website featuring eco-friendly gifts for babies, toddlers and adults. The Company offers designer onesies, toddler tees, adult tees and pet clothes with green messages such as Stop Global Warming and Protect the Environment. MyConservationBaby.com, dedicated to increasing public awareness of conservation issues, has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, OK! Weekly, Parents magazine Goodyblog, CleverParents.com and seen in Woman’s Day magazine.

The Company points to severe water shortages in the Southeast as an example of why water conservation is no longer an option. Orme, Tennessee, a small town about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, has run out of water. Three times a week the fire chief hauls about 20,000 gallons of water from an Alabama fire hydrant a few miles away to the dry town. Dozens of trips are made back and forth to carry water for the town’s 145 residents. For just three hours each evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., residents scurry to wash clothes, take showers and fill water jugs. To solve the water problem the town is constructing a 2-1/2 mile pipe to connect Orme to the Bridgeport, Alabama water supply with a $377,590 emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even if your area has not been hit by a water shortage that is no guarantee there won’t be a problem in the future. So what can the average person do to help? Start with the basics. McNeill offers 10 easy tips to help conserve water.

1. Fix leaky faucets. A faucet dripping at one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons a year.

2. Save up to 700 gallons of water each month by taking shorter showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can make a difference.

3. Don’t use the hose to clean sidewalks. Use a broom and save about 150 gallons of water each time.

4. Adjust sprinklers to make sure that only the lawn is getting watered. This can save 500 gallons of water each month.

5. Don’t run water while brushing your teeth or shaving and save three gallons of water every time.

6. Keep drinking water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run water for cool drinks. This alone can save 200 to 300 gallons a month.

7. Water the lawn in the morning rather than during the day or in the evening. You’ll save 300 gallons.

8. Only use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads. Avoid using the permanent press cycle because it uses an added 5 gallons for the extra rinse.

9. Clean your car using a pail of soapy water rather than running the hose. Use the hose only for rinsing. Try a waterless car washing system such as Ecotouch which can save up to 100 gallons of water per wash.

10. Make sure your toilet tank isn’t leaking. Just put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking and you’re wasting up to 200 gallons of water a day.

These are just a handful of tips that each family can implement to make a difference. “Turn these tips into new habits and your household can save thousands of gallons of water each month,” says McNeill. “To make an even bigger difference in water conservation share these tips with everyone you know.”

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V.O. TECH a manufacturer of vegetable oil conversion systems for diesel engines recieved award for being eco-friendly

V.O. Tech, LLC, a manufacturer of systems which allow diesel engines to run on straight vegetable oil, was presented with an “Environmental Responsibility Award” by Senior Americas’ Team Green. V.O. Tech was chosen for contributing to the greening of America and to our children’s future by promoting renewable fuels for transportation.

Patent Pending all-in-one vegetable oil filter housing (the “Geo”) More info…

The award was presented by Howard Levin, President Senior America’s Team Green and was accepted

on behalf of V.O. Tech by the company’s founders Walter Little and Jonathan Bernz.

V.O. Tech, LLC, is a manufacturer of high-performance diesel-hybrid conversion systems that allow mechanical and electronic diesel-powered engines to operate on either pure (straight) vegetable oil, or traditional diesel fuel, all at the choice of the driver. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Mahopac, NY.

“These companies are promoting the greening of America to put our nation back in balance with the earth, and Senior America’s Team Green is proud to officially recognize them,” said Levin. Senior America’s Team Green Promotions represents environmentally friendly companies. Howard “Lev” Levin is a philosopher who believes that “America is out of balance, but we must continue to inspire other nations. We all have a stake in determining in which direction we must go to ensure our children’s future and our quality of life.”

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Ultra-Fine Bubble Diffuser for Cleaner Water Treatment

Stamford Scientific Inc. (SSI), a global leader in wastewater treatment diffuser products and support facility for wastewater treatment plants, announced a new ultra-fine bubble diffuser for the membrane diffuser market.

The new ultra-fine bubble diffuser from SSI produces the finest bubbles of any membrane diffuser currently on the market. In comparison, the panel-disc diffuser bubbles from this ultra-fine bubble diffuser are 0.2 to 0.5 mm in diameter, which compares to 1 mm diameter bubbles in a typical panel diffuser and 2-4mm diameter bubbles in a conventional disc or tube diffuser.

“We are very excited about our new wastewater treatment bubble diffuser product,” said Tom Frankel, Director of Stamford Scientific. “Currently, there is nothing in the bubble diffuser market that compares to the effectiveness of our ultra-fine bubble diffuser product.”

“This product changes everything for those who purchase aeration systems based on life cycle costs. The ultra-fine bubble diffuser is more economical than conventional membrane disc or tube system, has a moderate headloss, and very high oxygen transfer efficiency. Wastewater treatment has never been more effective in producing clean water!”

The new design concept utilizing a reinforced thin EPDM (Ethylene Proylene Diene Monomer) membrane with a low surface energy fouling resistant coating supports a reasonable pressure drop across the membrane. The ultra-fine bubble diffuser is economical is now ready for sale worldwide. This product complements the existing replacement tube diffuser and bubble diffuser products already offered by Stamford Scientific Inc.

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