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Solar power, deforestation and climate change

Access to sustainable sources of energy is a major challenge for poverty alleviation and forest conservation across the tropics. In Africa more than 650 million people live without access to electricity. Lack of electricity and a continued reliance on wood and charcoal for energy not only causes health problems and deprives people of opportunities for education but is an ongoing cause of deforestation. In many parts of Africa the collection of fuel wood for cooking and heating is the leading cause of forest loss and degradation.  Providing sustainable energy to remote rural communities is the focus of a UBoC project in Tanzania run by the Tongwe Trust and Fauna and Flora International. With support from Premier Farnell the project has provided solar fridges for the storage of vaccines in local village dispensaries. The next exciting stage of this project will start in the New Year (more information available shortly). Meanwhile researchers at the University of Leeds have studied how projected changes to climate over the coming century will impact the amount of electricity generated by solar power.

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Each year large areas of Amazon forest are cleared to make way for cattle pasture in a process called slash and burn. Trees are cut and left to dry before being burnt. As well as releasing large quantities of carbon dioxide these fires emit substantial amounts of smoke into the atmosphere which can cause air quality problems and additional impacts on climate. Black carbon within the smoke particles causes the particles to absorb radiation and warm climate. The smoke particles can also influence the properties of clouds (causing warming or a cooling) and can result in changes to rainfall patterns potentially delaying the start of the wet season. The overall climate impact of the smoke particles is not well known. Continue reading SAMBBA

Honorary Doctorate of Laws for Jonathan

Congratulations to my fellow trustee, Jonathan Wild, who recently received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Leeds in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

Former chairman and chief executive of one of Yorkshire’s best-known businesses, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, Jonathan enjoyed a 30 year career with the company, putting green issues on the business agenda long before it became fashionable to do so. Continue reading Honorary Doctorate of Laws for Jonathan

Save the rainforests, save the world

As a B2B PR consultancy specialising in professional services, much of our work tends to involve writing fairly gritty, technical articles, often around complex financial issues.  When we came across an organisation which needed to communicate with businesses to persuade them to support environmental projects that are protecting the world’s rainforests and so reducing climate change – we were inspired to help. Continue reading Save the rainforests, save the world