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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 24th October 2018

Welcome to this weeks edition of the CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

Autumn is now well under way, so get those lovely autumnal photos sent over if you want them in future newsletters.

Please also consider that as the cold is setting in to leave bird feeders with nuts and seeds for those who won’t be hibernating and will still be foraging for food.

Sustainable Societies are running a competition for stories that touch upon a sustainable society and practice. Click here for full details.

Let’s remember to be mindful, there’s always more to do to support our cause and help spread awareness to help save our beautiful planet.

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Climate Change and Pollution

‘Elecrtofuels’ that increase plane ticket price by 60% only way to clean up air travel report finds

Aviation is currently on track to use a quarter of the planet’s annual carbon budget by 2050

Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned within a year

Plastic straws, which could be banned under the proposed legislation.

The UK’s discoveries: plastic-eating enzymes and seawater biofuels

The challenge of recycling waste in Antartica

Energy

Blackpool hit by four earthquakes just days after fracking started again in the area

Scottish power becomes first major UK energy company to generate all electricity from wind

Scottish Power plans to invest £5.2bn over the next four years to more than double its renewable capacity

Coal application set to be rejected by Welsh Government

Exxonmobil reveals £500m upgrade plan for Fawley refinery

Falling Oil Prices Affecting The World's Economy

Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes ‘excessive’ sentences

Wildlife and Conservation

‘Largest living thing’ on Earth is dying after decades of human interference, scientists say

‘They deserve care and compassion’: sanctuary says foxes misunderstood

Two foxes look right at the camera

Beaver reintroduction positive example of ‘rewilding’ says study

Secrets of the Solent

Nellie’s tree wins Englands Tree of the Year

N-shaped tree

Recycling and Sustainability

Council will tell households to bin plastic as recycling goes into reverse

Supermarket sales of organic food and drink continue to rise

Freshly picked carrots covered in soil

Paying for parking with plastic bottles

Recycling options dwindle for councils hit by China ban

Orkney islands could get first electric plane service

Loganair Islander

It’s in the bag! Students team up with residents for recycling project

Events

Sunny fields Pumpkin Festival 20th – 31st October

Help Clean Southsea Beach 3rd November

Hampshire Farmers Market Oxford Street Southampton 3rd November

Portsmouth Green Drinks 8th November

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 17th November

Southampton Vegan Festival 17th November

Handy Websites

Here is an great article with some great tips on living plastic free.

Check Out the Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainability as well as wildlife and conservation news plus anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 7th June 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list please feel free to email myself (Vicky) or Ryan and we will carry on sending you awesome things like these two beatboxing starlings as well as keeping you all up to date with news about the current state of the environment:)

I thought this little guy was pretty cool and deserved a place in the intro too – what a world of amazing creatures we have and need to protect.

Will you take the pledge to reduce plastic pollution? Such an important issue for the whole world to fix lets keep on reminding everyone!

Do you have an article or an event you would like to share? Please contact us and let us know and we can see if we can help.

The War On Plastic

Antarctic No Longer ‘Pristine Wilderness’ After Plastic Pollution Is Found

Antarctic no longer ‘pristine wilderness’ after plastic pollution is found

The Hidden Truth Of Plastic Pollution

50 Nations ‘Curbing Plastic Pollution’

Plastic bag

Families Around The World Join War On Plastic – In Pictures

Climate Change and Pollution

‘Impossible To Cheat’ Desiel Emissions Tests Show Almost All New Desiels Still Dirty

‘Carbon Bubble’ Could Sparke Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns

What Is The Carbon Bubble And What Will Happen If It Bursts

Each Car In London Costs NHS And Society £8,000 Due To Air Pollution, Report Finds

Energy

Waste Heat: Innovators Turn To An Overlooked Renewable Resource

Data centers, such as Google's facility in Dalles, Oregon, generate huge amounts of waste heat.

Netherlands To Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants In Blow To RWE

Pioneering ‘Liquid Air’ Project Can Help Store Excess Electricity

Wildlife and Conservation

Amazing Whale Picture Capture By Wildlife Fan From Cornwall

Deadly Toxic Toad Invasion Putting Madagascar Wildlife At Risk

Eerie Silence Falls On Shetland Cliffs That Once EchoedTo Seabirds’ Cries

Swan Shown Desperately Trying To Save Companion In Filthy, Mud Filled River

Recycling and Sustainability

Are You Eating A ‘Reducetarian’ Diet Without Even Realising It?

Blogging By The River Foyle Tackles Derry’s Litter Problem

Seánna Gillespie plogging with her son Shéa

Rubbish Firm Amey ‘Lost’ 2,000 Tonnes Of Gloucester Recycling

Paper Cup Alliance Welcomes Network Rail Recycling Plans

Events

Solent Gardeners Fayre And Craft 2018

Portsmouth Green Drinks ‘ On Tour’ 13th June

Stokes Bay Clean Up 16th June

Big Wild Picnic 17th June

Volunteering Day 24th June

Big Beach Clean Up 2018! 24th June

Handy Websites

Check Out Eco Collective who offer 100% vegan products and offer gluten free and organic produce.

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

 

 

Life’s Evils & The Damage of Climate Change

There is an exponential global risk of growing poverty and displaced people induced by extreme weather, political turbulence and environmental damage many of which are events beyond our imagination. Global warming is taken scientifically as a given, with nearly all scientists agreeing that climate change would happen with or without people’s interference, though to a lesser degree and slower pace. It is therefore safe to say that the climate is not helped by the human populace. The collective lack of preparations to mitigate the effects of global warming are bordering on self-induced mass harm, while the switch to more environmentally friendly policies and clean and sustainable energy is nowhere near fast nor bold enough to provide the alternative. Surely these perpetrators are aware that we are all on the same planet and so far nobody can get off. As of 2013 renewable energy provides 21.7% of all electricity generated across the globe, not enough. This is heading in the right direction but with oil licenses still being given and mines still opening for coal and other fossil fuels the percentage change is demeaned by the negative impact of continued bad practice.
Since the beginning of time civilisations have fought and changed, almost evolved as a society often with its back to the wall. A classic example is to think of when man used to live in caves during an ice age, to when societies were formed and measures to stop us killing each other were implemented. Laws that govern societies and progress towards a better level of health and the tackling of the evils of life such as poverty, were met with ambitious targets to alleviate these plights. The issues are now more of regulatory capture of states such as those with powerful fossil fuel lobbies, or an.over reliance on fossil fuels such as OPEC countries. OPEC countries such as Venezuela rely on oil revenues to sustain a response to the other often immediate issues such as poverty or political stability. There are also those who refuse to switch to sustainable energy based on perceptions of how they work, how much they cost and for the classic problem of ‘range rage’ for electric vehicles which is slowly falling due to an increase in battery performance and more super fast charging stations being installed. The relative price of solar or wind is now so good that it is more than competing against alternative or what we have come to call traditional or conventional fuel sources.

So I implore you to take one simple message, we can’t carry on like this and if you personally take a stance and take the plunge towards a greener more sustainable world, others will follow. Switch energy provider, divest from fossil fuels and invest in community owned sustainable forms of energy, plant a tree, drive less and walk more. Need I go on? We all know that there is no time to lose, so go green.
If your looking for an alternative way to fill a Christmas Stocking or spend money on Black Friday or Cyber Monday try our shop and support the forum as we try to grow and support the green community. CrowdLeaf Store we are doing our own version of Black Friday here early CrowdLeaf, Green Friday and Cyber Monday for us is Clean Monday. Keep an eye on our store for sone pretty amazing world friendly products with discounts for the weekend only.




Man-Made Earthquakes ?! What & How on BBCRadio4

Fellow readers – I stumbled across this rather daunting piece of information while looking for a possible man-made disaster for an upcoming ‘Climate Mitigation Game’ that is currently in the early formation phases. I continue to be hocked by the size, scale and scope of human and human made climate change or disasters we collectively are responsible for.

This is worth listening to in its entirety – Man-made Earthquakes are rarely explained but here they are and it is done so very concisely in this BBC Radio 4 snippet.

 

Horror stories from mining that upset the balance of the earths crust, to damns in China causing magnitude 8 quakes. This just further emphasizes how much of an impact we as human are having on earth.

While I have your attention  – Crowdleaf’s store is doing Black Friday & Cyber Monday a bit differently (would you expect anything else) were offering 10% discount between the 24th and 27th of March by using the code Green&Clean10 .