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  • Event: Sep 28, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Doubling Nature

    Convenors Cllr Pippa Heylings & Jason Billin

    14 September - date subject to change due to guest speaker's availability...

    Improving biodiversity by challenging the impoverishment of our declining natural economy.

    The group will look at how significant increases in biodiversity might be reached by commitments to `Double Nature` both by government action at a national level, but also, significantly, by actions that can and should be taken by local authorities and community groups in particular.

  • Keith Melton's Chair (Keith Melton)
    Article: Sep 17, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Changing the Preamble for People and Planet

    We hope to see many of our GLD family at the virtual conference this coming weekend and we have four fringe meetings to whet your political appetite. The fringes are loosely grouped under the strapline "For People and Planet" and there is a conscious element of addressing the issue of `Wellbeing` this year too. Indeed, our second fringe meeting, which is on Saturday evening, will address Wellbeing as its central goal, with our former MEP, Councillor Jane Brophy, Chairing the session from 17.35 pm onwards.

  • John P Shoesmith (John P Shoesmith)
    Article: Sep 15, 2021
    By John P Shoesmith

    How to Cut Carbon Emissions Quickly and Effectively

    Fossil fuels have delivered enormous benefits to humanity. Now, however, scientists are saying that the earth can't absorb much more of the carbon dioxide that fossil fuels produce.
    The scientists can't be exact, but the remaining carbon budget will be used up in less than 10 years at the current rate of consumption.

  • Event: Oct 4, 2021 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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    Special Interest Group for Renewable Energy

    Convenors Steve Mason & Geoff Harvey

  • Climate Chane
    Article: Aug 13, 2021

    The Met Office has today, issued a Report showing that the UK's climate has continued to warm, with 2020 the first year to have temperature, rain and sunshine rankings all in the top 10.

    The latest analysis of the UK climate, State of the UK Climate 2020 published in The Royal Meteorological Society's 'International Journal of Climatology', has shown that climate change is already being felt across the UK. All of the top-ten warmest years for the UK in records back to 1884 have occurred since 2002, and, for central England, the 21st century so far has been warmer than the previous three centuries.

    The last 30-year period (1991-2020) has been 0.9°C warmer than the preceding 30 years (1961-1990). The warming trend is evident across all months and all countries in the UK.

    The greatest warming compared to 1961-1990 has been across the east Midlands and East Anglia where average annual temperatures have increased by more than 1°C, with the least warming around western coastal fringes and parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

    As well as increased temperatures, the UK has been on average 6% wetter over the last 30 years (1991-2020) than the preceding 30 years (1961-1990). Six of the ten wettest years for the UK in a series from 1862 have occurred since 1998.

    2020 was the first year that the annual values for rainfall, temperature and sunshine were all in the top ten in the same year. 2020 was third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record for the UK.

    Lead author and Senior Climate Scientist at the Met Office, Mike Kendon, said: "2020 was another notable year for the UK climate, with records broken for daily rainfall and monthly sunshine hours. Average temperatures for the UK continue to climb, with nearly a degree of warming when comparing the most recent 30 years with the preceding 30-year period. Last year saw some significant weather extremes including severe flooding from heavy rainfall in February and a major heatwave in early August."

    Storms Ciara and Dennis, hitting the UK only one week apart, were part of the UK's wettest February on record, and brought devastating flooding affecting many homes and businesses. Most of the UK received more than twice the February long-term average rainfall, with 300% quite widely in the north and west, and over 400% in parts of the Pennines.

    The UK has had its wettest February in 2020, December in 2015, April and June in 2012 and November in 2009 - five out of 12 months - in little over a decade.

    It was a dry and exceptionally sunny spring in 2020, especially across the southern half of the UK with over 150% of normal sunshine across England and Wales. The UK recorded 626 hours, 144% of the 1981-2010 long-term average. This was the UK's sunniest spring on record by a very wide margin, and remarkably also sunnier than all but three summers in UK sunshine series from 1919. May 2020 was England's driest calendar month since August 1995, with the dry weather making conditions difficult for farmers and growers.

    Other notable weather extremes from 2020 include 8 further named storms (in addition to Ciara and Dennis), the UK's third warmest day on record with 37.8°C recorded at Heathrow on 31 July, the southern England heatwave in August, extreme rain fall in Norfolk on 16th August and exceptionally heavy widespread rainfall on 3 October making this the UK's wettest day on record.

    You can read more at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2021/climate-change-continues-to-be-evident-across-uk.

  • green2
    Article: Aug 13, 2021

    Chelmsford City Council wants bids from local people and groups, to combat climate change and improve community infrastructure. The Lib Dem-led council is making a greener Chelmsford a top priority.

    Environmental funding to help make Chelmsford greener

    Greener Chelmsford Grants make £100,000 available for projects that address the climate and ecological emergency in Chelmsford. Applications are more likely to be successful if they are for projects which protect and enhance wildlife and green infrastructure, lower energy consumption, reduce waste or lower carbon emissions. These are the priorities set out by the council for addressing climate change and ecological crises.

  • car exhaust fumes
    Article: Aug 13, 2021
    By alan wells - Medway liberal democrats

    Alan said "As the UK and the Medway economy recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 'lock-down' cycling has an even more important role as a healthy and green method of transport. Around Medway's urban and rural areas, it provides an attractive alternative to car and public transport, enabling social distancing to be fully observed.

  • Keith Melton's Chair (Keith Melton)
    Article: Aug 10, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    IPCC report is 'code red for humanity'

    Yesterday`s IPCC report pulls no punches and has been flagged up as a 'code red for humanity'. It lays all of the global heating responsibility on we humans, so it is clearly up to us to put things right. Green Liberal Democrats have (no surprise!) been saying that for a long time now and as one commentator said, "people have apparently been listening - but not hearing!" On a similar theme, Doug Parr, chief scientist with Greenpeace UK, said "world leaders have done a terrible job of listening" to warnings about climate change. "This year, this has to change. We don't need more pledges, commitments and targets - we need real action right here, right now."

  • We urgently need more on street charging points
    Article: Aug 10, 2021

    Opposition Liberal Democrat Councillors have hit out over Herts County Council policies on providing electric vehicle charge points as totally lacking vision and unambitious.

    Herts County is proposing to only allow for on road chargers in limited circumstances creating a two-tier system.

    Liberal Democrat councillors tried to get the council to agree to allow their installation in residential streets which lack off road parking using, where feasible, existing street furniture. They were voted down by the ruling Conservatives.

  • East West Rail Bridge at Launton ()
    Article: Aug 10, 2021

    The Climate Emergency is upon us. It'll get worse still before it gets better. The top priority for every individual & government is to work hard to slow it down & turn it around. If we don't start making some serious political and life-style changes then at best our great grandchildren will face horrible conditions - and at worst they mightn't be there at all.

    At a personal level, we have to try to limit our travel especially using fossil fuel powered vehicles. At a political level we need to limit air travel and accept that publicly supported road and rail transport must be appropriately provided.

    And we must do similarly dramatic things in every other field of activity that generates carbon dioxide, heating, manufacturing, food production, materials uses - as well as recycling elements, metals, compounds, chemicals.

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