LCCN Newsletter 26


Welcome to the 26th LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

Communities Conference Update

The Sunday session for the conference is now fully booked. There are still plenty of places for the Monday, which includes workshop / seminars on key issues such as household energy and community renewables, and a wide range of smaller workshops. The agenda is now posted on our website, and you can book on-line for the Monday at:  http://lccnconference.eventbrite.com

We are sending out a survey to all those booked for the event asking them to give us details of what they do. We will be using these to build up an interactive on-line map of local action.
LCCN AGM – You’re Invited

The LCCN is an open network and is democratically run by its’ Management Group. Since many of our members are coming to the Conference next month we will be holding our AGM there, at 4.30pm on Sunday 16th January after the close of the first day of the conference. All members are invited to attend the AGM, even if you are not coming to the conference. The AGM will last two hours at most, and will include the Annual and Financial Reports along with some formal business, but with the focus on election of the Management Committee and ‘Future Plans’. There will be a small celebration afterwards!

If you would like to attend the AGM but are not coming to the conference, please email us at hello@lowcarboncommunities.net including ‘AGM’ in the subject line and we will send you full details.

For the full artical and a link to download the AGM agenda please click here.

Extreme Weather

All that work on draft-busting and energy efficiency should be paying off in a lot of households right now… And as Chris Huhne said at Cancun: “The pattern of extreme weather events is alarming. In Britain, our insurers paid out £4.5 billion in flood damage in the last ten years compared with £1.5 billion in the previous ten years. This is a warning of worse to come.”

You may find this article useful when discussing these issues, from today’s Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/the-uk-may-be-cold-but-its-still-a-warm-world-says-met-office-chief-2165492.htmlhttp://ceo.decc.gov.uk/

And some good news! Wind turbines help crops by channelling beneficial breezes

Wind turbines in US Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades may also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide [CO2] from the air and soil. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco December 16, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory announced the preliminary findings of a research program aimed at studying how wind turbines on farmlands interact with surrounding crops. “We’ve finished the first phase of our research, and we’re confident that wind turbines do produce measureable effects on the microclimate near crops,” said agricultural meteorology expert Gene Takle. According to Takle, who is also a professor of agricultural meteorology, the slow-moving turbine channel air downwards, in effect bathing the crops below via the increased airflow they create.

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101216122014.htm

Leicester Green Light Festival

Green Light is a one-day festival, on February 12th, to celebrate and showcase sustainable living in Leicester. It is being organised by local volunteers from Transition Leicester, with support from Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire and the help of De Montfort University. For more information see http://greenlightfestival.org/programme/

And if a weekly newsletter is not enough…

There is now a Transition Daily bulletin page at http://paper.li/transitiontowns/initiatives


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General Email: hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

Website: lowcarboncommunities.net 21/12/2010

 

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