August 2008
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Singer-songwriter Zeya pledges to plant trees

Singer-songwriter Zeya pledges to plant trees

Beautiful new singer-songwriter Zeya is pledging to plant a tree for every 50 downloads achieved from her website and has forged a link with the Carbon Managers as her adopted carbon company. So if you want to help plant trees and hear great music visit www.zeyamusic.com/downloads and www.myspace.com/zeyamusic

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Major Discovery from MIT Could Unleash Solar Revolution

Major Discovery from MIT Could Unleash Solar Revolution

Photo: Donna Coveney

In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun isn't shining. Until now, solar power has been a daytime-only energy source, because storing extra solar energy for later use is prohibitively expensive and grossly inefficient. With today's announcement, MIT researchers have hit upon a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy. By using biological sources, in imitation of photosynthesis, MIT's Professor Daniel Nocera has enabled solar power to be stored economically in a hydrogen fuel cell, for availability later. This is like having a storage heater for “off-peak” electricity, only instead of storing it at night, you might have a solar photovoltaic array working during the day, and then store the electricity for use after sunset.

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11 Billion Pounds Needed to Save the Amazon Rainforest

11 Billion Pounds Needed to Save the Amazon Rainforest

Photo: cameranaturalist

The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest needs 11 billion pounds to save it. That is what Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said at the official launch of a new international fund to protect it. The lush rainforest are the “lungs of the world” – but every minute of every day an area the size of a football pitch is cut down. 14% of it has already been deforested.

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Soil Association Revives Wartime Dig For Victory Spirit

Soil Association Revives Wartime Dig For Victory Spirit

Photo: Soil Association www.foodforlife.org

Leading environmental organisation The Soil Association is about to launch a self-sufficiency movement to the general public, mimicking the wartime “Dig for Victory” programme where people grew their own food in gardens and allotments. Alarmed at the lack of skills relating to food production, and worried by the way the “just-in-time” supermarket delivery combines with imported food to make Britain very vulnerable to disruptions in food supply – as nearly happened in the Tanker Blockade in 2000 – when the UK was actually down to its last few days food, The Soil Association has brought in master TV gardener Monty Don to get more people involved in food production on a small scale.

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Climate Camp Pictorial

Climate Camp Pictorial

Photo: Kristian Buus www.kristianbuus.com

It is indisputable that of all the fossil fuels, coal is the dirtiest and most polluting. With the UK government about to sign up to a reduction in emissions of 60% - perhaps even 80% - by 2050 it seems a peculiar decision to plan a new generation of coal power stations. Kingsnorth is an existing coal power station in Kent which is to be replaced with a newer station. Although theoretically the power station could reduce its emissions by using Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, in practice this technology does not exist on a commercial scale yet, so the plant will be nearly as dirty as the one it replaces until some unknown date in the future.

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Bye Bye Standby Online Energy Controller

control your home from anywhere

Bye Bye Standby Online Energy Controller

This online Energy Controller from Bye Bye Standby enables you to control appliances and manage your home or office energy and standby use from anywhere in your house or wherever you are.

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A World without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum

A World without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum

A documentary horror story. Without bees to pollinate all sorts of plants including our food crops and the plants our cattle eat, our society would be in serious trouble. Yet bees are threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) a mysterious ailment which wipes out whole bee colonies globally. In A World Without Bees, the authors, both amateur beekeepers, try to track down the possible causes, which may include diseases, pesticides, lack of genetic resistance cause by human breeding experiments, and the horrific Alien-like Varroa mite, which lives a parasitic life on the poor hard-working bees.

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Top tips for Organic Gardening

To add a little encouragement for the Soil Association's planned drive to get more people organic gardening, we have put some simple organic garden tips below.

To prevent dirt from getting under your fingernails while gardening, scratch a bar of soap before starting to work. When you are finished, the soap will wash out from under your nails and your nails won't have those telltale dark stains under them!

Fennel is an excellent plant for attracting ladybirds. The tall plants are usually covered in ladybird eggs and larvae. Make some space in your garden for this beneficial herb.

Paint the handles of your garden tools bright red.  The paint will protect them from the weather and the bright red color will make them easier to find amongst the greenery.

Whenever possible, water your garden early in the morning.  In the afternoon sun, much of the water will evaporate before it can get down to the roots.  In the evening, the roots absorb less actively and less evaporation occurs - a recipe for root rot.

Make a space for children to have their own simple herb of flower garden. Wildflowers are easy to grow and will surprise you with their many varieties of colour and shape. However they do tend to colonise other areas so must be kept separated from the rest of the garden.

Keep garlic in your toolkit. If insect pests like aphids become a nuisance, crush the cloves to make your own insect spray. Any garlic that sprouts can be planted in the garden to help repel other pests.

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Renewable Energy Weekend

Date: Saturday 23 Aug 2008 to Monday 25 Aug 2008

Description: Enjoy an unforgettable renewable energy weekend at Trelay Farm, an inspiring small-holding where we aim to live lightly on the earth.

Venue: Trelay Farm, near Bude, Cornwall

Contacts: Jackie Carpenter 01840 230 423

E-mail: jackie@trelay.org
Web Address: www.trelay.org

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Editor: Julian Jackson www.julianjackson.co.uk