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A Call from the people of Zonguldak in Turkey to G20 Leaders: We want a future without coal

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The people of Zonguldak, a historic coal city in Turkey, have come together during the first day of the G20 Summit underway today in Antalya to make a clear demand for “A Future Without Coal” in a concerted effort to focus the world’s attention on the enormous threats from the existing and the many proposed coal power plants in the region.

Liveable Zonguldak Platform (Yaşanabilir Zonguldak Platformu), want attention on the massive problems from air pollution and it’s impacts on human health in Zonguldak. Today they gathered at Çatalağzı where there are already two coal plants and one more that is under construction –  the Platform made a clear demand for “a future without coal”.

The people of Zonguldak, have today demanded that no more new coal powered thermal plants must be constructed, and called on G20 Leaders meeting in Antalya today to mobilise for action on climate with meaningful measures to stop the threat of coal and it’s impact on causing dangerous climate change.

In addition to the existing two coal power plants in the region, 14 new coal power plants are planned to be constructed along the 78 km coastline starting from Zonguldak-Ereğli to Amasra coast. All of the coal power plants, are planned to be constructed in Zonguldak, which is already confronting huge problems from air pollution, and are proposed to be operated with imported coal.

Bartın Platform, also struggling against coal power plants in Bartın, supported the people of Zonguldak who gathered at Çatalağzı for a future without coal.

“Spite of coal power, long live life”, “Don’t be fooled by coal power plants, don’t darken your future” and “G20 withdraw your hand from the planet” were chanted loudly during the gathering.

During the rally, Havva Celep and her daughter Mürüvvet Gören, who lost their lives last week as a result of a truck accident, were not forgotten. The truck involved in the accident was overloaded while carrying coal to thermal plants of Eren Energy company. The people of Zonguldak left cloves at the location where the mother and daughter were killed.

At the end of the rally, Kadir Orhan from Liveable Zonguldak Platform, made a compelling statement about the situation in the region, saying: “It is not only Çatalağzı which is on the verge of becoming a living hell of coal powered thermal plants – for the people of the region, Turkey and indeed the world. Construction of 13 new thermal power stations are currently planned along a coastline of 78 km, between the coasts of Zonguldak-Ereğli and Amasra.”

“The local people are confronted with serious health problems, primarily with cancer. If the planned thermal power stations are actually constructed, the region will no longer be a habitable place.”

During the gathering named as “For a Liveable Zonguldak We Demand a Future without Coal”, local people also drew attention to the massive impacts of these coal power plants on impacting the climate system.

Orhan in his speech emphasised that the coal powered plants, which are already causing air and environmental pollution, are also one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses causing climate change – the greatest threat the world collectively faces.

In his statement, Kadir Orhan from Liveable Zonguldak Platform also spoke about the issues, and the demands of the people of Turkey and the international community about action on climate change, fossil fuel subsidies and climate finance, and the role the G20 Summit must play in meeting these enormous challenges.

Orhan said: “The G20 countries are those who are primarily responsible for the climate injustice in the global world, where inequalities are constantly deepening.”

Efe Baysal, of Yuva Association, who came to Zonguldak to support Liveable Zonguldak Platform emphasised the importance of the climate justice and underlined that G20 countries are responsible for 76% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.

Baysal talked about the significance of the increasing demand from Zonguldak for a future without coal power and said: “That’s why, as we give support to our friends in Zonguldak for a future without coal, we also say to G20 leaders that, we are watching you; we don’t want words but actions; and mobilise for climate before it is too late!“

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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