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  • What’s the real cost of Bernard Matthews Christmas turkey?
    eating more healthy foods the response for that having a huge effect on the sales during the year In 2007 the company facing the H5N1 virus bird flu was traced to Bernard Matthews s product so it is very hard to find a bird well priced Read the full article here What s the real cost of Bernard Matthews Christmas turkey Share this on Mixx Delicious Digg Facebook Twitter Related

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/whats-the-real-cost-of-bernard-matthews-christmas-turkey/ (2016-04-25)
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  • The Good Shopping Guide (10th Anniversary Edition)
    corporate behaviour For those who simply want to make small changes their only means of expressing their preferences for a more sustainable lifestyle comes from changing what they buy or who they purchase from And as The Good Shopping Guide suggests if enough people actually change their buying habits it hits companies and shareholders where it hurts the most their profits Read the full article here The Good Shopping Guide

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/the-good-shopping-guide-10th-anniversary-edition/ (2016-04-25)
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  • The National Trust awards recognising pioneering eco-campaigner Octavia Hill
    of social work For someone with so many fingers in different pies there was a thread that connected them all which predates the welfare state and has become topical in the current political and economic climate It was the importance of our environment in the broadest sense from the need for strong communities to a sense of fair play and giving people the opportunity to improve their own lives One aspect of her campaigning zeal that makes her very relevant today was her recognition years ahead of it becoming fashionable of the importance of green spaces and the environment in terms of our health and well being This is captured in her own words where she talks about the fact that we all need space unless we have it we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently and we need places to sit in places to play in places to stroll in and places to spend a day in In one breath she could link the debate around slum housing in Victorian Britain to the need for access to green space Research is increasingly showing that seeing green whether in a tower block or living in a small hamlet is good for you It also has a direct and interesting link into the rise of the happiness movement and the search for measuring progress beyond simple economic measurements Octavia Hill was a tireless campaigner in the efforts to save commons and land in and around London such as Parliament Hill She was also one of the three founders of the National Trust The early years of the organisation focused on acquiring places of natural beauty and historic interest such as Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire and land in the Lake District Inspired by the national parks movement in the US and the ideas of the great John Muir the young National Trust was the embodiment of Octavia s environmental thinking and today it manages 250 000 hectares of countryside and 710 miles of coastline in England Wales and Northern Ireland Her journey and tireless efforts to show the value of the outdoors whether the fells of the Lakes or our local parks helped lay the foundations for a century of change in the countryside The post second world war settlement enshrined in law the importance of our green spaces with the creation of the national parks and the countryside rights of way Act established the right to roam Yet there are still very real pressures on the places we treasure spectacular forests or a patch of green on the edge of a town today The public reaction to the Government s proposed sell off of Forestry Commission land in England in early 2011 and the national debate about changes to the planning and its possible impact on our green places show that Octavia s vision is both topical and relevant a century after she died It s the rich legacy of Octavia

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  • Nitrogen from humans pollutes remote lakes for more than a century
    that could alter remote lakes in ways not seen in the past 10 000 years Schindler saidThe authors conclude that climate natural sources of nitrogen and normal chemical processes on land and in water cannot account for the chemical signals they observe Read the full article here Nitrogen from humans pollutes remote lakes for more than a century Share this on Mixx Delicious Digg Facebook Twitter Related Stories Most Popular

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/nitrogen-from-humans-pollutes-remote-lakes-for-more-than-a-century/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Climate change may bring big ecosystem shifts, NASA says
    of a few degrees of global warming While warnings of melting glaciers rising sea levels and other environmental changes are illustrative and important ultimately it s the ecological consequences that matter most Read the full article here Climate change may bring big ecosystem shifts NASA says Share this on Mixx Delicious Digg Facebook Twitter Related Stories Most Popular Ways to Save Planet Earth How to find Right information about climate

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/climate-change-may-bring-big-ecosystem-shifts-nasa-says/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Biofuels not food the biggest driver of ‘land grabbing’ deals, says report
    the biggest study to date Report author Michael Taylor from the International Land Coalition says they were surprised by the dominance of biofuels in land grabbing deals The report highlighted land grab deals that went wrong and left local populations Read the full article here Biofuels not food the biggest driver of land grabbing deals says report Share this on Mixx Delicious Digg Facebook Twitter Related Stories Most Popular Ways

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  • Climate change driving tropical birds to higher elevations
    his colleagues used survey data collected on bird species in the region in the 1970s by John Terborgh research professor emeritus at Duke to compare past and present distributions and understand the effects of 40 years of warming on tropical birds Read the full article here Climate change driving tropical birds to higher elevations Share this on Mixx Delicious Digg Facebook Twitter Related Stories Most Popular Ways to Save Planet

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/climate-change-driving-tropical-birds-to-higher-elevations/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Industrial ‘inertia to change’ is delaying development of zero carbon homes, report finds
    for 42 and the Middle East North Africa accounting for 42 providing a real challenge to the mitigation of climate change Dr Williams said Zero carbon homes are technically feasible to build and with the right legislative and fiscal framework they are also affordable as demonstrated in Europe and the USA With rapid reduction in the price of low carbon technologies and rising energy costs zero carbon homes will make increasing economic sense even in the short term Yet while the technology exists the research highlights that currently the biggest barrier to the development of zero carbon homes internationally are the construction and energy industries particularly the energy industry The project identified lots of examples of good practice globally but few where low carbon prototypes had become widespread across cities or regions For wider deployment of low carbon development to occur it would require that the international regulatory framework forced the energy industry to diversify their current portfolios to become suppliers of low carbon energy and of services to reduce energy consumption In the absence of an international framework the onus rests on nation states or individual cities to have the political courage to support the delivery of this agenda said Dr Williams So far purely market based approaches to the deployment of zero carbon homes haven t worked even when there are high concentrations of green consumers As in the past where wider deployment of prototypes had occurred within nation states and cities it had been driven by legislation in conjunction with some form of subsidy in the early phases of deployment With the limited market demand for zero carbon homes house purchase decisions aren t based on the energy efficiency of a house let alone its CO₂ emissions The research demonstrated that cost location and design are the most important factors influencing purchase decisions even amongst green consumers However if in those three respects housing is comparable the potential for energy savings does become a consideration for consumers It is important to have a range of options when providing zero carbon homes to offer a diversity of designs price and location However our studies found that the simpler you make it for the consumer to have installed and operate low carbon technologies the greater market interest said Dr Williams Consumers want to be able to move from house to house without having to be taught how to use the technology provided in their new home Most also don t want to have to make the decision as to whether they want PV or a ground source heat pumps installed Universal user technology interfaces companies offering management and maintenance services and house builders who make the technological decisions on the part of the house purchaser will all help to increase market demand She added The bigger picture is that zero carbon homes are a win win option Of course they reduce CO₂ emissions thus slowing the process of global warming but they also significantly reduce energy costs for the

    Original URL path: http://www.worldonfirepodcast.org/industrial-inertia-to-change-is-delaying-development-of-zero-carbon-homes-report-finds/ (2016-04-25)
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