Welcome to the 72nd 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
Leaving aside issues around FITs and community energy (almost) for just one week! Full update on that next week….
IPCC Durban meeting – write to Chris Hunhe!
The climate change talks are imminent – http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com. While they will not this year lead to any groundbreaking deals, a positive year can set the stage for real progress in the year ahead. Ruth Davis, Senior Policy Adviser, Greenpeace, says that “It’s crucial that the UK fights for progress at the climate change talks. And that’s much more likely to happen if Chris Huhne is feeling under pressure from us before he leaves”.
38 Degrees are running an action on this. They point out that “Right now, climate minister Chris Huhne is deciding what to do. He could help the fight against climate change by promising the UK will stick to international carbon rules. Or he could rip up the rulebook by saying the UK won’t cooperate. The government are worried about their popularity at the moment. They won’t want to add climate change to the list of issues where they’re coming under fire. We need to make it crystal clear that if they don’t step up at the global talks, that’s exactly what will happen.
If enough of us flood Chris Huhne with emails, he’ll know what the public expect of him “if we don’t back these rules, there’ll be a public outcry. He’ll go to the talks knowing he has to fight hard for international climate action.”
Send Chris Huhne an email, telling him to do the right thing and back a proper climate deal – it only takes 2 minutes: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/email-chris-huhne
This links in well with the Stop Climate Chaos Online Debate with Chris Huhne on 1st December, and any questions on the Kyoto Protocol will be prioritised. This is part of their ‘African connection’ work but there’s no reason to ignore wider issues. There is now a comments box on the SCC website, open to questions for the debate:http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/african-climate-connection
SCC ask you to help promote this! We need to get a high number of people watching the Durban talks, looking for strong outcomes, and taking part in the debate. If you’d like to host that debate on your website, please contact Fiona Dear at SCC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings are coming in steadily for our conference on January 14th. Places will be limited so don’t delay – book soon! We are working to make this an important and valuable gathering of activists working on climate and community energy – if that sounds like you, then we hope to see you there!
To register click here.
See the website for full details.
FITs cuts and ‘FIT for purpose’
Friends of the Earth state that their lawyers believe the government plans for the FITS cuts are illegal, and they are taking them to court. They state that “Our legal challenge could cost thousands. But it’s vital we defend the UK’s renewable energy industry which helps cut climate-changing emissions and creates thousands of jobs. Can you help?”
To help: Please donate to our urgent legal challenge and protect solar
Meanwhile the Institute for Public Policy research has just published a very useful article on community FITs issues and related matters: http://www.ippr.org/articles/56/8256/fits-for-what-purpose
Energyshare funds voting
Voting is now open for the Energyshare Fund. This is your opportunity to check out some great initiatives and get behind them. There are three categories to vote in and your votes could help four projects get up to £100,000 in funding.
Go to www.energyshare.com/voting and see who you think deserves your backing! It might be a project local to you or one that could become a ground breaking case study to inspire hundreds more. 12000+ people have already voted!
Climate Change and extreme weather (and a definition of ‘likely’!)
In carefully negotiated language worked out among scientists from many countries, a new report on the effects of a warming climate on the world’s weather by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that much of the world is already seeing more weather “extremes” — heavier downpours and more intense heat waves — at least partly because of the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The report is called “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” — shortened to “SREX.”
A summary is HERE on the website of Working Group 2 of the IPCC.
It’s not the easiest read in this format but makes some important points, and it’s on a subject that provokes strong and opposing opinions. Definitions of basic terms have been negotiated. For instance, “likely” means at least a 66 percent probability that a conclusion is true, and “very likely” means at least a 90 percent probability.
On temperatures: “It is very likely that there has been an overall decrease in the number of cold days and nights, and an overall increase in the number of warm days and nights, on the global scale, i.e., for most land areas with sufficient data.”
On whether human beings are contributing to the change: “It is likely that anthropogenic influences have led to warming of extreme daily minimum and maximum temperatures on the global scale. It is likely that there has been an anthropogenic influence on increasing extreme coastal high water due to increase in mean sea level.”
‘A bad month for climate-change sceptics’
Given the above report and the Berkeley report (see two weeks ago) that’s how the Washington Post sees it….
But David Attenborough is still too risky for the BBC foreign sales team!
The BBC has dropped a climate change episode from its wonderful wildlife series Frozen Planet to help the show sell better abroad. British viewers will see seven episodes, the last of which deals with climate change and the threat to the natural world posed by man.
But The Telegraph reports that viewers in other countries, including the United States, will only see six episodes. The environmental programme has been relegated by the BBC to an “optional extra” alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary which foreign networks can ignore.
BBC – a Big Bunch of Cowards?
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