A new study has challenged the idea that planting new forest will help reduce climate change. Apparently since 1750, trees grown have increased the warming effect on the planet.
Conifers are generally darker than broadleaved trees, absorbing more heat. As such the scientists from this study believe that species like oak and birch should be replaced by pines and spruce in a bid to reduce further heating of our planet.
However, there is still a wealth of literature supporting the ability of trees to act as a carbon sink – absorbing and storing carbon from the atmosphere and environment.
More details found below and on the BBC.
Reducing the top speed of the trains on the line between London and Birmingham would cause a massive reduction in carbon emissions as well as noise. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of CO2 could be saved if trains were limited to 300km/h, a 60km/h reduction.
The journey times would only increase by 4.5 minutes, well worth the benefit to the environment.
Read more below or at The Guardian.
Go Green Week 2016 is here, starting on Monday 8th February!
With events every day of the week, emerse yourself in environmentally-focused events, to mark the national week of action on climate change.
Click here for more information.
Read below for an outline of what’s going on!
Fairtrade roses will be on sale in the Guild in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, with all proceedings going to Oxfam!
Roses will be £3.50 each, which includes a handmade card and delivery* on Valentine’s Day to a place of your choice, courtesy of the student volunteers.
29th February – 13th March
There are many events planned over this Fairtrade Fortnight, raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade and how the university incorporates Fairtrade ethics.
More details of the events will be posted to the University’s Fairtrade webpage: www.bham.ac.uk/fairtrade
Event details will also be posted here but we have a preliminary list to whet your appetite!
‘Life Uplifted by Change In Africa’ is a small charity based in Birmingham in the UK and run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers. I spoke to Jane Colbourne to find out more and that chat will be coming soon, but for now here is some information about upcoming events so you can support the great work they do!
- The 5th February, will be Race Night at Highbury Pub – this will include films of horse racing and you can place bets. £4 entry.
- There will be a Mamma Mia sing-a-long film night with fancy dress on the 11th March, also at Highbury Pub, £5 entry.
Find out more about this fantastic charity by clicking here!
Wednesday 27th January 10am-3pm in University Square-Chancellors Court,
Take a walk onto campus for the University’s first Farmer’s Market of the year. The products are locally-sourced and fairly-priced, so anything you buy will be helping the environment!
Typical stalls include: Hindleys Bakery, arts and crafts, hot food, Brockleby’s pies, Elizabeth Patisserie, and Norbury Norrest fruit products.
Click here for more information.
The hourly limits on nitrogen dioxide pollution were exceeded within the first week of 2016 in some areas of London. This blow to the fight against climate change comes only weeks after the Government plan to reduce UK air pollution was released.
PCBs were banned from use in electrics, paints, and flame retardants in the 1970s due to their toxicity. However, they have built up in the environment and are now at dangerously high levels in some of Europe’s top predators.
I hope you all had a great and green break. But now is the time to make those GREEN RESOLUTIONS for 2016!
Small changes can really help the bigger picture, and there are a lot of things we can do to help reduce our negative impact on the environment. These are a few ideas to get you started if you want to make a specific resolution.
The most important thing any of us can do is to be more conscious of the impact our actions will have. This year try to think green!