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Feeling the Heat & Wildlife

feeling the heat



7:00 pm Wednesday June 8,

St Peter’s Centre, St Peters Street,

Derby, DE1 1NN

As climate chaos takes hold, wildlife in Derbyshire, across the UK and globally, faces unprecedented challenges.

This illustrated talk by Tim Birch – Conservation Manager for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will examine the threats to our wildlife in Derbyshire and the UK from climate change and what can be done to help it cope and survive as the heat gets turned up.

He will also explore the implications for wildlife and climate legislation if we decide to pull-out of the European Union.

The event is free but there will be a collection. Refreshments will be available. Click here for the Facebook event link and let us know if you can help involve sympathetic organisations. They are welcome to have a stall and an input.


Bad news about the climate


February 2016 global surface temperature anomalies. Photograph: NASA GISS

This week saw a lot of bad news.

One headline read “Current record-shattering temperatures are shocking even to climate scientists”. February 2016 was likely the hottest month in thousands (yes thousands) of years, as we approach the 2°C danger limit. “Stunning,” “wow,” “shocker,” “bombshell,” “astronomical,” “insane,”“unprecedented”– these are some of the words climate scientists have used to describe the record-shattering global surface temperatures in February 2016. For more on this read the Guardian report  and the Observer had this follow-up item:   February was the warmest month in recorded history, climate experts say
Or for a change, lets look at the reports on February’s record heat in the  Daily Mail

Sceptical about climate change? Just consider December’s weather

We think this article from Tuesday’s Independent is rather fine:Silk Mill flooding

As flooded homes painfully dry out, we should reflect and wake up to the broader truth, based not on computer predictions but the evidence in front of us, that we are entering a new climatic age.

Public perception of a changing world is sometimes slow to materialise, unless it is jolted by exceptionally violent events. Once the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945 there was no doubt that humanity was in a different place; and similarly, the fall of New York’s twin towers in September 2001 unmistakably signalled a new world order.  Continue reading Sceptical about climate change? Just consider December’s weather


TTAsavedateReport on TIME TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE rally held on the 19th of November.

Organised by Derby Climate Coalition, chaired, by Keith Burchell.
45 people attended and 12 other organisations.
Everybody said it was a good and useful meeting. The speakers were excellent and it was exceedingly useful to hear how and what the other organisations were doing in relation to Climate Change.

FOR DETAILS click below

Continue reading Report from TIME TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE rally

Waking the giant!

waking the giantHow can climate change affect the Earth?

Last Saturday I heard Bill Mcguire, Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London, talk about how a changing climate can trigger earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Ironically he was speaking at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire, which contributed, as much as anywhere else, to the start of the Industrial Revolution . It was here that Richard Arkwright proudly opened the world’s first factory nearly 250 years ago. Continue reading Waking the giant!