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Christian Aid Asks For Climate Cobra Group

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A Climate COBRA Commitee should be called for to manage the risks posed by global warming revealed in a new report from the Government’s official advisors on climate change, Christian Aid has stated.

Tuesday’s report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) shows that the UK faces major risks across the board, including flooding due to sea level rise, increasing temperatures threatening water shortages, the spread of new diseases and disruption to international food production and trade. This comes after a recent Christian Aid report Act Now or Pay Later, reported that the UK ranked 18th among countries with the most exposed populations in low lying coastal areas by 2030.

Tom Viita, Christian Aid’s Senior Political Advisor, said the UK could not pull up the drawbridge on climate change.
“The UK is not insulated from global shocks,” he said. “The impact of climate change, both here and overseas, is coming back to bite us. The Climate Change Committee’s analysis shows red and yellow lights flashing all over the dashboard. The current set up of government departments has proved inept at managing cross-cutting risks and international dimensions. Instead, the new Prime Minister must chair a Climate Cobra Committee to handle these risks more effectively and with the urgency required.

“Climate change is a major threat to national security, but there is no conventional security response to climate change. Barbed wire won’t work. The only solution is global cooperation to cut emissions, a rapid U-turn away from business-as-usual investment in fossil fuels and a massive acceleration in clean energy and climate adapted infrastructure. Climate change is happening and the risks are all too real: the choice we face is an orderly and fair transition to a low carbon economy, or massive economic and environmental shocks that will force the change.”

Mr Viita added that the UK’s position gave it an important role to play in tackling the problem. He said: “The report shows serious risks to the British economy and society, but the outlook is far worse for developing countries who are already experiencing climate-related shocks to their communities, food systems, and even political stability.

The UK is privileged to have the resources, policies and science base to adapt to these risks and play a major role in helping other countries to face these risks too.

“Our international aid and climate finance commitments can be a major boost to resilience in areas most under threat, and thereby support a reliable food and trade system upon which the UK relies.”

London’s future vulnerability to climate change was also highlighted in the Christian Aid report Act Now or Pay Later. Impacts include tidal flooding, water shortages and health risks caused by hotter summers and growing population pressure and the impact on London’s globally connected financial sector as climate change affects investments and businesses around the world. London has been a member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group adapting to these urban challenges.

Mr Viita added: “Responding to climate change must be a cornerstone of Sadiq Khan’s mayoralty. Today’s report shows that London’s prosperity and those of our communities are dangerously exposed – but the good news is, London can plan ahead to become the world’s most resilient city.”

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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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