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90 Percent Chance Global Temperature Rise will Exceed Paris Target

A study by the University of Washington has shown that global temperatures are very likely to rise by more than 1.5 degrees, the target set by the 2016 Paris Agreement. ‘Our analysis shows that the goal of 2 degrees is very much a best-case scenario,’ said lead author Adrian Raftery. ‘It is achievable, but only with major, sustained effort on all fronts over the next 80 years. Our analysis is compatible with previous estimates, but it finds that the most optimistic projections are unlikely to happen. We’re closer to the margin than we think.’

The full article: http://bit.ly/2ujWFio

Earth Overshoot Day: We’ve Used Up 2017’s Resources Already

Humanity has already used a year’s worth of planetary resources such as water, soil and clean air. Research organisation Global Footprint Network (GFN) declared 2nd August the earlier Earth Overshoot Day ever. This is the day when, since the start of the year, we’ve already used all the resources the earth can regenerate in a year. GFN have calculate that we’ve been overshooting every year since 1971 and it’s occurring earlier each year.

If we could delay Earth Overshoot Day by an extra 4.5 days each year we could be back on track to using the earth’s resource sustainably by 2050. To help achieve this the organisation has launched a mobile friendly ecological footprint calculator: http://www.footprintcalculator.org

Help Whistlewood Common Raise Another £8000.

Whistlewood Common, a Derbyshire-base community-owned woodland, is just £8000 away from raising £60,000 for its latest project. The project has been promised £30,000 of match funding for a new ecobuild community roundhouse, but only if it can raise another £30,000 in shares from the public by the end of August. Currently it is £8000 short of this target.

Whistlewood is not a club or merely a piece of land, a place to play or a venue, it's a community of people who are doing groundbreaking things to help make the vision of a better future a reality

You can help by purchasing shares: www.whistlewoodcommon.org/buy-a-share

 

 

Opportunity to Go ‘Balsam Bashing’ with Transition New Mills

Transition New Mills are looking for groups and organisations that would like to have a go at ‘Balsam Bashing’. This involves removing Himalayan Balsam, an imported plant that grows and spreads rapidly, overwhelming native plants and establishing a monoculture. Efforts by the group to remove the plant over the last four years have had a noticeable impact. Transition New Mills can arrange for groups to take part in this activity, which involves light/moderate exercise and gets people out in nature.

For more information, contact transition.newmills@gmail.com

Transition Belper: Pollution Survey

The Travel and Transport Group of Transition Belper has been involved over the past few months in helping with the Belper Neighbourhood Plan. They have provided ideas and content aimed at ensuring that the plan provides a pleasant and sustainable environment in their town.

The group are now exploring whether they can help to measure and understand levels of pollution around Belper, Duffield and other areas of DE56 that are near main roads. Of special concern are the levels of nitrogen dioxide which are emitted from vehicle exhausts and known to cause a range of serious health problems. If you live near such a road and would be interested in taking measurements please contact the group's Transport Group: www.transitionbelper.org/travel.html