March, 2012

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Climate change

News and views from the RSPB on climate change and what you can do about it.
  • RSPB raises concerns about Total gas leak

    Many of you will have seen in the news that a Total gas rig is suffering a major toxic gas leak that is out of control and may last months. You can read more about this potential disaster here and here.

    As well as posing serious risks to the many workers on the platform, who have now been evacuated, the leak has potentially serious but as yet unknown environmental impacts. RSPB Scotland has therefore responded to the gas leak on the Elgin Platform in the North Sea off Aberdeen by calling for complete transparency from Total.

    Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland, said: “It is clear that this is a unique situation, and Total has admitted they have no experience of responding to leaks of gas condensates and managing their potential negative impacts, or otherwise, on the wider environment in the North Sea before.

    “We should not forget that Shell were heavily criticised last year in relation to their handling of the oil leak on the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, and they subsequently acknowledged that their lack of information in the aftermath was a mistake. Lessons should be learned from this by Total. They need to be open and consultative from the outset. This will help to allay concerns, and enable good decision making that is based on evidence and facts.

    He added: “We have been in contact with Total and are monitoring the situation closely to help make sure it is contained with the least impact on the environment as possible. We hope that, second to minimising risks to people, environmental considerations will be foremost in the mind of Total when considering their response to this situation. We urgently need to know exactly what environmental impacts the leaking substances can have.”

  • Yummy, yummy, yummy low carbon food in my tummy!

    This week is Climate week and this year it’s all about food! Personally I love food and as a vegetarian I think I can safely say that I am already doing a small part to help lower my food emissions. However there are many other things you can do to help without giving up your beloved bacon!

    Just think of the three ‘L’s‘

    LESS – eat less meat and dairy
    I’m not saying you need to turn veggie like me but a lot of meat and dairy products have a high carbon footprint. Even trying a veggie meal once or twice a week can make a difference. Go on, give it a go!

    LOCAL – eat local, seasonal ingredients.
    Eating local, seasonal, produce is a great way to guarantee flavoursome, fresh food. Plus, because they change all year round, you never have the chance to get bored of eating the same old thing! This month, why not try some delicious purple sprouting broccoli, forced rhubarb or mussels. You could even give homemade nettle soup a go. It’s delicious and as a bonus, you’ll attract beautiful butterflies to the garden if you leave the nettles to grow over the summer months.

    LEFTOVERS – eat food that would otherwise be thrown away
    Why not turn yesterday’s dinner into today’s lunch or supper. Instead of throwing it in the bin, there are lots of ways to revive it in a tasty dish, from the ubiquitous curry to good old bubble and squeak, the opportunities are endless and to top it off it’s great money saving tip too!

    So, what’s stopping you from trying a low-carbon meal tonight? Remember if it can all go in one pot it not only helps the climate it helps you with the washing up as well - and remember to keep the lid on!

    Have you got your own low-carbon cooking tips? Do share them in the comments below if you have. Happy cooking!