CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Feb 10, 2019
412.41 ppm
1 year ago
408.55 ppm
10 years ago
387.17 ppm
Pre-industrial:
280      ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues. We believe that we must end our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a low carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life.

SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives. Our Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.


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Forthcoming events

Climate for electric cars?

A talk by Anthony Simpson, Monday 25 February, 8.00 pm in Blewbury Manor Barn

Are you thinking of switching to an electric car? Due to climate change and air pollution, the shift from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles is accelerating. But are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Anthony will describe the latest developments and thinking, which should help you decide if you are ready to go electric!
jetfuel from rubbish Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out).

Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Monday 1 April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport – and emissions are growing fast. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. This will convert household waste into jet fuel – reducing greenhouse gases and converting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste that would otherwise be incinerated or put into landfill. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment present and future, and the many practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

We have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


Packaged food

Newsletter 30 – January 2019

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

We have an article on why repair cafes have become a useful and popular way to re-use existing items rather than throwing them away, together with information on where and when local groups will be holding them. The main article is about food waste, a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The main part of the article explains the counter-intuitive conclusion that packaging some food in plastic and leaving the plastic in place for storing the food can greatly increase its usable lifetime and thus reduce food waste. if the plastic is then recycled it has actually helped provide a positive outcome.

Earlier newsletters are listed with their contents on our newsletters page.


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Blewbury buses

The current, reduced timetable is available here; note that the first two and last two buses of the day no longer run. There is a note on the situation in a recent newsletter.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact dvtgbus@gmail.com, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.


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Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the initial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal, mostly during the night when you might not realise all that is going on in our back gardens.

We the videos are colour during daylight hours, and black and white infrared images at night.


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Our activity is organised around five main themes:
 

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Energy

The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment and Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme aims to raise awareness and promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, and village fabric.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.