June 2008
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Get On Yer - Electric - Bike

Get On Yer – Electric - Bike

Photo: PowaCycle Puma 2

Tired of pedalling uphill? Why not have an electric motor do the work for you? Electric bicycles have had a greater market penetration than electric cars, probably because they are cheaper and recharging at home is easier.

In recent years many have come onto the market, and there is even an electrically powered super scooter, which outperforms petrol engined competitiors!

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Air Scrubber Invented - US Scientist Claims It Can Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere

Air Scrubber Invented - US Scientist Claims It Can Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere

Illustration: Guardian

A Columbia University physicist, Klaus Lackner, claims to have invented a device which will remove CO2 from the air, so that it can be stored – sequestered – away, helping to reduce the likelihood of devastating climate change. In a further development some people have suggested that the CO2 thus removed should be used to make biofuels from algae, which need CO2 to procreate.

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Adnams Launches the UK's First Carbon Neutral Beer

Adnams Launches the UK's First Carbon Neutral Beer
Adnams Brewery has launched East Green, the UK's first carbon neutral beer. Produced in its eco-efficient brewery in Southwold, Adnams' innovative new brew is distributed nationwide by Tesco.

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Trees For Us

Trees For Us

Carbon Managers, publishers of Carbon News, have pledged to fund 20,000 trees in the beautiful Alladale Wilderness Lodge and Reserve in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, under its corporate tree planting programme ‘Trees 4 Business'.

Alladale is a pioneering nature project spanning 23,000 acres. The Scottish Highlands are considered one of Europe's last great areas of wilderness, yet much of the flora and fauna that once thrived there has been driven to extinction by the activities of man. Alladale Wilderness Reserve plan is to restore this remote area of the Highlands to its former natural glory.

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Severn Barrage Faces Barrage of Criticism

Severn Barrage Faces Barrage of Criticism

An ambitious project to place a barrage across the Severn river, which potentially could generate 5% of the UK's electricity, has come under sustained criticism in a report published of 12 th June by consultancy Frontier Economics for a coalition of green groups.

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Ecosaver Energy Meter - use it to measure the energy and cost of individual appliances

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This little meter will help you to work out which devices and appliances in your home or office are using most energy, and so help you calculate and reduce your carbon footprint. Simply plug your devices into it (and it into the wall) and a clear and accurate reading will show you the energy being consumed by individual appliances, and their cost.

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Fixing Climate

By Robert Kunzig and Wallace Broecker

Fixing Climate

This book is three things in one: it is an engaging biography of leading climate scientist Wallace Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, by popular sicence writer Robert Kunzig of Discover magazine, and voyage of discovery through the history of climate science; finally it is an analysis of how we could remove CO2 from the atmosphere by extracting it, particularly featuring the researches of Klaus Lackner (see Air Scrubber Invented article in this Carbon News).

The style is easy to read, Kunzig is careful to humanise the many scientists featured by giving anecdotes about their adventures in icy expeditions or their penchant for practical jokes.

It is thorough and comprehensive, explaining how by theory, experiment and luck scientists gradually uncovered the mysteries of climate; the dawning horrific realisation from many climatologists that we were involved in a vast, uncontrolled experiment with the planet we are living on is a grippingly described. The amount of significant factual detail should silence any “Climate Change Denier”.

However it is a little unsatisfactory. The title is a misnomer. It is mostly about what we are doing to “unfix” the climate by wrecking it. To rely on one invention which hasn't been proven to work yet, is not “Fixing Climate”.

Although this is an interesting read, it is probably more for the completist, rather than the ordinary person interested in the problem.

www.profilebooks.com £10.99 pp288

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Top Tips for Riding an Electric Bicycle

Use the pedals for some of the time - this will save battery power

Make sure the tyres are fully inflated to the correct pressure and that the throttle and brakes work properly.

Have the battery fully-charged: the green indicator light should be on

Always wear a helmet when riding

Although theoretically insurance is not necessary, it is a very good idea, particularly as electric bicycles are have an attraction for thieves as they are portable and there is a market for them.

Use bicycle lanes and specialised bicycle routes wherever possible - it will be both pleasanter and safer, as well as being away from vehicle emissions.

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Eco Open Houses 28-29th June and 5-6th July 2008

Venue: Brighton & Hove

During the weekends of 28-29 June and 5-6 July 2008 people will be able to visit eco-houses in Brighton & Hove who will be opening their doors to the public.
www.ecoopenhouses.org/

Guardian Climate Change Summit 16th July 2008

Venue:
Business Design Centre, London

The Guardian Climate Change Summit will bring together senior executives and decision makers to discuss strategies to keep stake holders engaged and fight against climate change.

Climate Change Summit

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Editor: Julian Jackson www.julianjackson.co.uk