The UK-based Super Homes network is holding open days during March to showcase fifty homes that have been renovated by their owners to make them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. You will need to check their website to find your nearest property and book yourself a tour. The week is scheduled to run from 16th to 24th March 2013
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have secured £800,000 funding to research artificial photosynthesis
Article featured in News in Science (ABC Science): http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/01/21/3673477.htm
A new study by Lancaster University has found that the use of fast-growth trees and other biomass crops being currently grown in increasing quantities by agro businesses for biofuel use is in fact harming the environment due to the emissions of the chemical isoprene. Mixed with other pollutants isoprene forms toxic ozone, which not only adds to air pollution but reduces yields of other agricultural crops.
Check out the full article reut.rs/UB3Wnv
The UK Government this week gave the go ahead for the controversial and envirionmentally damaging process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. UK Energy companies such as Cuadrilla Resources and many others, are set to rapidly exploit on-shore and offshore prospects of shale gas and coal bed methane.
Operations at Cuadrilla’sTest wells near Blackpool had been suspended last year following the occurrence of two “minor” earthquakes. The fracking process has been mired in controversy around the world, but most especially in USA, where an orgy of fracking operations have polluted ground water, released radioactive materials, destroyed farmland and already caused significant envirionmental damage. Some US States and Canadian provinces have now banned fracking operations as a result.
Each well is drilled deep into the shale or coal beds – these are then hydraulically fractured by injecting millions of gallons of water and tons of sand mixed with toxic chemicals to allow the gasses trapped in the rock to be released. Compared with regular oil/gas wells the wells are active for a relatively short time. A large-scale industrial operation, many wells need to be drilled across the concession , each with associated access roads and infrastructure needing to be built across what are often greenfield sites/farmland.
See http://frack-off.org.uk/the-big-picture/ for much relevant information and the lowdown on the situation here in the UK.
And for what we can expect in the very near future check out http://www.marcellus-shale.us/ which documents what is happening over in the USA right now.
In preparation for the project becoming a cooperative, a public meeting was held on 5th December, and an interim board of volunteers was elected. They will be working on the many aspects of forming a cooperative in order to get the funding to purchase the Rams Fair Site outright from the City Council.
Those elected were as follows:
- Chair – Ben Middleton
- Volunteer Coordinator – Dave Hughes
- Operations Coordinator – Renny Antonelli
- Treasurer – Gwyn Hughes
- Media – Jay Gearing
- Fundraising – Sophie Antonelli
The aim is to raise the necessary funds to purchase the land outright from the council, as this is the only option available for the project to remain at its city centre location. The Council otherwise intends to sell the land for residential/commercial property development as part of its South Bank development plans.
Charter’s Bar are holding a Save The Green Back Yard Fundraiser event on Saturday 15th Sept from 2pm till late – lots of live bands, bar, craft stalls etc!
Charter’s Bar is the barge moored on the South Bank of the Nene next to the London Road Bridge!
Alun & Melanie were married Saturday 4th August 2012 – St John’s Church Peterborough, with reception held at The Green Back Yard. Despite the thunderstorms, a great time was had by all! For more pictures of the day see the wedding album in pyroisgallery
Join Peterborough’s Award winning Green Family of the Year 2012, for a Family Day at the Green Back Yard – we’ll be making Fondue as its also Swiss National Day – so bring some cheese and bread! Where: The Green Back Yard, Oundle Road, Peterborough When: Weds 1st August 2012 from 11am