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Was 2017 the Year that the Tide finally Turned against Fossil Fuel Projects?

Energy Bulletin - 21 December 2017 - 11:53am

The end of 2017 saw a rapid escalation of big divestment announcements, including from global insurer Axa. 2018 brings more opportunity – so long as campaigning prioritises the voices of those most impacted by climate change.

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Projects for 2018

Transition Scilly - 20 December 2017 - 8:42pm

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 Following input from the community at last week's meeting, Transition Scilly will concentrate on these projects in 2018:

Community Orchard

  • Improving the management of the Orchard

  • Increasing the number of people visiting

  • Improve amenities for the Orchard

  • Increase the reach of the orchard to include fruit trees in gardens that people need help pruning/planting/harvesting

  • Celebrate key points in the orchard year

  • Provide easily accessible advice on orchard management


  • Support measures to reduce plastic waste

  • Look at opportunities to turn waste in to resources, especially waste wood


  • Raise awareness of water issues on Scilly

  • Look at the feasibility of water fountains in public places


  • Encourage the creation of a car club for locals on St Mary's using electric vehicles run on low carbon electricity

Outreach and engagement

  • Increase the number of articles in local magazines/papers and on websites

  • Improve communication, including a redesigned and updated website

  • Engage with and provide representation to key documents, such as the Local Plan

  • Celebrate the achievements of all community groups and voluntary work

If you would like to get involved in some of these projects please get in touch on Facebook, send us an email enquiries@transitionscilly.org.uk or just look out for more news about upcoming projects and events.

Our thanks to those people that turned out last week and to the Scillonian Club for hosting us.

Peak Oil Review: Dec 19 2017

Energy Bulletin - 19 December 2017 - 10:49am

Oil prices currently seem on course to finish out 2017 with a second annual gain after the decision by OPEC to extend its production freeze through 2018. Last week Brent briefly climbed above $65 a barrel for the first time since 2015 due to the closure of the pipeline that brings some 455,000 b/d ashore from the North Sea fields.

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Limits to Economic Growth

Energy Bulletin - 18 December 2017 - 4:47pm

Is continued growth and an industrial economy actually desirable and, a separate and different question, is this growth sustainable? Can growth continue? In the 1970s growing uneasiness about the ecologically destructive effects of the growth economy led a few economists and scientists who were sceptical that growth could continue for ever to look into this matter in more depth.

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Mineral Depletion Need not Be Always a Problem: The Case of Aluminum

Energy Bulletin - 18 December 2017 - 2:13pm

This post was inspired by my participation at the ARABAL 2017 conference in Muscat, Oman to discuss the options for renewable energy integration in the aluminum industry. It addresses a seeming reluctance I encountered during the discussion to adopt RE with some initial considerations on how the industry can be transformed away from utilizing fossil inputs. It provides an overview of the industry’s products, scale and impacts, before discussing transition opportunities.

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Analysis: Why Scientists Think 100% of Global Warming is Due to Humans

Energy Bulletin - 15 December 2017 - 10:52am

The extent of the human contribution to modern global warming is a hotly debated topic in political circles, particularly in the US.During a recent congressional hearing, Rick Perry, the US energy secretary, remarked that “to stand up and say that 100% of global warming is because of human activity, I think on its face, is just indefensible”. However, the science on the human contribution to modern warming is quite clear. Humans emissions and activities have caused around 100% of the warming observed since 1950, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment report.

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Juliana vs. U.S.: For Children of All Ages

Energy Bulletin - 14 December 2017 - 10:44am

Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States.  The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately from the effects of global warming.

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Here’s What’s at Stake for the 21 Kids Suing the Trump Administration over Climate Change

Energy Bulletin - 13 December 2017 - 3:13pm

On Monday, a group of 21 youth plaintiffs currently suing the federal government over climate change will go before a federal court to argue that their case — which legal experts have classified as a groundbreaking piece of climate litigation — should be allowed to proceed to trial.

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The Energy Transition: Too Little, Too Late

Energy Bulletin - 12 December 2017 - 12:01pm

The idea of the energy transition (“energiewende” in German) originated in the 1980s and gained legislative support in Germany in 2010. The idea is good and also technically feasible. But it requires sacrifices and, at present, sacrifices are politically unthinkable since most people don’t realize how critical the situation really is. What we are doing for the transition seems to be is too little and too late. 

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Planning for 2018

Transition Scilly - 12 December 2017 - 1:48am

We have got to the time of the year when it's time to take stock, celebrate what we've done and look forward to the next year. We've organised a get together at the Scillonian Club on Tuesday 12th December at 8pm.

We hope to see new and familiar faces, discuss what we've done and welcome new ideas and enthusiasm! If you can't make the meeting but would like to get involved, have questions or suggestion please email enquiries@transitionscilly.org.uk

Peak Oil Review: 11 December 2017

Energy Bulletin - 11 December 2017 - 2:37pm

In the wake of the OPEC decision to extend the production freeze, the oil markets were relatively quiet last week. Prices fell early in the week after the EIA reported a 6.78-million-barrel increase in the US gasoline inventory, but climbed later in the week on reports of near-record Chinese oil imports for November of more than 9 million b/d and concerns about the embassy-in-Jerusalem situation.

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Softening water in hard water areas to reduce energy consumption

ASPO International - 7 December 2017 - 10:52pm

The chances are that if you live in a hard water area, your energy bills will be considerably higher than a home in a soft water area, and as around 60% of UK homes are affected by hard water, those bills add up to significant extra energy usage. Hard water contains various elements from region…

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Using reclaimed materials for your garage

ASPO International - 7 December 2017 - 10:45pm

If you are doing up your garage at home, but want to make sure it is environmentally friendly and cost-effective then why not consider using reclaimed materials to help get it into shape. You can scour reclaim yards, flea markets and other secondhand shops for items to upcycle and recycle to give your garage a…

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Climate Science: Carbon Budget

Energy Bulletin - 7 December 2017 - 1:18pm

Amid all the unavoidable uncertainty in modeling warming and the effects of our actions, what do we really know about how much warming we might see in the future? If it turned out that our carbon budget is larger than we used to think it was, would that change our policy direction? And which policy paths should we advocate?

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Painting a car without aerosols

ASPO International - 6 December 2017 - 12:41pm

Many people like to change the color of their cars to give it a new look after a few years. The prospect of getting a new looking ‘old’ car is a great one if you want to save on the costs of buying an entirely new car! However, getting your car repainted is actually not…

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Keeping your eco-friendly business secure

ASPO International - 6 December 2017 - 12:29pm

If you have an eco-friendly business with a focus on saving the planet, then it can be tricky to match those values with the need to protect your business and keep it secure from unwanted intruders or other would-be criminals. But in today’s modern world, there are ways to match security requirements with green credentials.…

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Bitcoin Could Cost us Our Clean-Energy Future

Energy Bulletin - 6 December 2017 - 11:52am

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years — because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.

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5 Ways to Double Your Green Business Instagram Followers

ASPO International - 3 December 2017 - 2:43am

Social has recently emerged as a highly effective marketing channel. Although, all of the different social media options can be overwhelming since each requires a unique approach. That being said, depending on your green business or brand, specific channels are much more logical to pursue than others. Instagram is one of the largest channels today.…

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These 6 Organizations Are Saving Canada’s Waterways

ASPO International - 1 December 2017 - 12:12pm

Canada has more than its fair share of fresh water. Its 36 million souls — about 0.5% of the world’s population — claim title to approximately 20% of the planet’s total supply of drinkable water. Though much of that water is trapped in deep aquifers or located in the country’s far north, beyond the reach…

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