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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The recyclable APPLE !

The fourth generation Nano was launched at a US press conference by Apple chief Steve Jobs, who announced new shuffle and library features.

He also listed the Nano's environmental credentials, including arsenic-free glass and a mercury and PVC-free body that is "highly recyclable".

But is it a smart move to talk about how you'll have to throw it away someday!?!

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Electronic smog is disrupting nature

Mobile phones, Wi-Fi systems, electric power lines and similar sources of "electrosmog" are disrupting nature on a massive scale, causing birds and bees to lose their bearings, fail to reproduce and die, a conference will be told this week.

Dr Ulrich Warnke – who has been researching the effects of man-made electrical fields on wildlife for more than 30 years – will tell the conference, organised by the Radiation Research Trust at the Royal Society in London, that "an unprecedented dense mesh of artificial magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic fields" has been generated, overwhelming the "natural system of information" on which the species rely.

He believes this could be responsible for the disappearance of bees in Europe and the US in what is known as colony collapse disorder, for the decline of the house sparrow, whose numbers have fallen by half in Britain over the past 30 years, and that it could also interfere with bird migration.

Dr Warnke, a lecturer at the University of Saarland, in Germany, adds that the world's natural electrical and magnetic fields have had a "decisive hand in the evolution of species". Over millions of years they learned to use them to work out where they were, the time of day, and the approach of bad weather.

Now, he says, "man-made technology has created transmitters which have fundamentally changed the natural electromagnetic energies and forces on the earth's surface. Animals that depend on natural electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields for their orientation and navigation are confused by the much stronger and constantly changing artificial fields."

His research has shown that bees exposed to the kinds of electrical fields generated by power lines killed each other and their young, while ones exposed to signals in the same range as mobile phones lost much of their homing ability. Studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, reported in The Independent on Sunday last year, have found bees failed to return to their hives when digital cordless phones were placed in them, while an Austrian survey noted that two-thirds of beekeepers with mobile phone masts within 300 metres had suffered unexplained colony collapse.

Dr Warnke also cites Spanish and Belgian studies showing that the number of sparrows near mobile phone masts fell as radiation increased. And he says that migrating birds, flying in formation, had been seen to split up when approaching the masts.

But the Mobile Operators Association, representing the UK's five mobile phone companies, says a US research group has found collapsing bee colonies in areas with no mobile phone service, and Denis Summers-Smith, a leading expert on sparrows, has described the link as "nonsense".

(Thanks to the Independent newspaper)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

We need your VOTE!

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vote for the Greenest Person on the Planet

Click4Carbon would like to offer their support and vote to Matthias Gelber who is in the top 5 of the Greenest Person on the Planet competition which is managed by 3rdWhale.

We hope to publish an interview with Matthias soon. In the meantime please watch one of Matthias's videos and don't forget to vote.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Golden Opportunity for Africa

Africa has a "golden opportunity" in U.N. climate talks to ensure that the world's poorest continent gets help to cope with global warming, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Tuesday.

Yvo de Boer said Africa was still lagging in attracting investments in green technology to help slow rising greenhouse gases and in getting help to adapt to the effects of droughts, floods, rising seas and less predictable rains.

Speaking during 160-nation Aug. 21-27 climate talks in Accra, de Boer urged African nations to insist on their interests regarding a new U.N. climate treaty due to be agreed by the end of 2009 in Copenhagen.

"I really tried to emphasise here that this process up to Copenhagen is a golden opporutnity for African countries to make sure that the next regime does meet their needs in a much better way," he said.

"They need to formulate what is essential to them to act, both to limit emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change," he said.

"Africa has to know what's to the liking of Africa."

African nations are among those that have done least to stoke climate change, blamed mainly on emissions of gases from burning fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution, and yet is among the continents most vulnerable to a changing climate.

A U.N. Climate Panel report last year, for instance, projected that up to 250 million people in Africa would be living in areas of stress on water supplies by 2020.

LAGGING

And China, India and Brazil have attracted far more investments than Africa under a U.N. project that lets rich nations invest in developing world projects to cut greenhouse gases -- such as wind farms or destruction of industrial gases -- and claim credits back home.

"Africa is still not profiting from the instruments we have," de Boer said.

But a separate U.N. report on Tuesday said things may be changing -- clean energy projects were emerging in nations including Mali, Mozambique and Madagascar. In Kenya, for instance, one project involved a geothermal scheme.

De Boer said the Accra meeting had made progress in defining how to help slow tropical deforestation -- a source of up to almost 20 percent of greenhouse gases from human activities.

"Countries have developed a better understanding here of how they want to deal with deforestation, how they want to reward people for forest conservation," he said.

And there was a feeling that sectoral targets, such as goals for maximum emissions from producing a tonne of aluminium, steel or cement, were useful within nations but not as part of a binding international system.

"I think there's a strong sentiment in the room, especially among developing countries, that a decision to address a sector is something you decide at the national level," he said.

"It's not something that you could or should try to impose at the international level," he said. Many poor nations fear that sectoral targets are a prelude for trade barriers on less efficient industries.

(Thanks to Reuters for this news item)

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Top Driving Tips

Before you set foot in your car always ask yourself:

A) Do I need to drive to get to where I am going. Could I walk, cycle or even use public transport.

and

B) Do I actually need to go there in the first place.

Even if it is a business meeting can all or some of you take part by video or telephone conference.

If you have to drive here are some excellent driving tips:

* Limit the amount of time your car engine is running (idling) when you're not driving - turn it off if you stop for more than 10 seconds (except in traffic). Idling also prevents the catalytic convertor from working properly.

* Avoid rapid acceleration and heavy braking - accelerate smoothly, even in a traffic jam. Smoother driving can use 30% less fuel. Also, obey the speed limit. Doing 50mph can use 25% less fuel than 70mph.

* Service your car regularly (usually every 12 months or 10,000 miles).

* Make sure your tyres are properly inflated. (For every 6psi a tyre is under-inflated, fuel consumption can rise by 1%)

* Make sure your garage throws in an emissions test with the service. This can save you money as well as helping to prevent breakdowns by identifying problems with the engine.

* Wide-open windows, roof racks, heavy clutter in the boot and air conditioning can all add to your fuel bill.

* On cold days, limit warm-up idling to 30 seconds or less (the best way to warm up your vehicle is to drive it).

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gwyneth offends her animal-rights friends

Fur flies as Gwyneth Paltrow offends her animal-rights friends. The actress courts controversy in an ad campaign and puts her relationship with Stella McCartney on the line.

She is almost as famous for her green, holistic lifestyle as she is for her film roles, but Gwyneth Paltrow has become the focus of angry animal rights campaigners.

The actress is fronting the autumn collection of fur-lined boots and bags from the Italian company Tod's – which also uses ostrich and snakeskin in its products.

Photographs of the Hollywood star draped in fox fur feature in the company's latest advertising campaign. Activists have branded the 35-year-old – who is married to the Coldplay singer and prominent vegetarian Chris Martin – as stupid and say that she should be ashamed of herself.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) went as far as to criticise her parenting, saying: "Gwyneth Paltrow won't be the apple of her daughter's eye if she continues to flaunt fur.

"It's a terrible example to set for a young child, promoting an industry that electrocutes animals, snaps their necks and skins them alive."

Tony Wardle, associate director of the vegetarian charity Viva!, said: "There is nothing feminine about inserting an electrode into the anus of a terrified and struggling fox and then electrocuting it. Ms Paltrow is an actress – and seemingly a particularly stupid one at that."

Mark Glover, director of Respect for Animals, said: "Gwyneth Paltrow should be ashamed to promote something so steeped in animal suffering. I can only assume that Paltrow either is ignorant of the facts or lacks human decency and compassion."

The row is ironic, as Ms Paltrow enjoys a close friendship with the designer Stella McCartney. Following in the footsteps of her staunchly vegetarian mother, Linda, Ms McCartney refuses to use fur – in direct contrast to the views of her friend, who has in the past described it as being "feminine and very elegant".

Ms McCartney, smarting from a recent run-in with the furrier Hockley for showing one of her bras under a mink coat it was advertising in Vogue, is said to be furious with the actress. This is unlikely to persuade Ms Paltrow to forsake fur, however.

Peta said yesterday that repeated overtures to the actress have been rebuffed. "We've written to her many times, and sent her videos showing how animals suffer for fur, but have never received a response.

"Apparently her beauty really is only skin deep," said a spokesman.

The British Fur Trade Association said: "Animal rights groups are entitled to their opinion but many people do not share this opinion and it is certainly not reflected in the rising global demand for fur.

"Regrettably, not everyone understands the difference between animal welfare, which has the full commitment of our sector, and animal rights, which seeks to ban every animal use by man, whether for food, medical or scientific research, clothing or companionship."

No comment was available from Ms Paltrow or Mr Martin last night.

(Thank you to The Independent Newspaper UK for this news item)

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