How are universities planning to tackle emissions associated with food and flying?

first_imgHow are universities planning to tackle emissions associated with food and flying? New research from The University of Manchester has identified various ways in which UK higher education institutions are beginning to tackle emissions associated with business travel and catering. These are two substantial contributors to emissions in this sector, and difficult to decarbonise. The findings suggest need for further sector-wide efforts to tackle the planet’s most pressing issue.This new study, from The University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), analysed publicly available policies of 66 UK universities to identify strategies related to long-distance business travel and catering. For each university, documents including Carbon Management Plans and Annual Reports, Travel Plans and Sustainable Food Policies were downloaded, catalogued and reviewed.Long-distance business travel and catering (particularly meat-based meals) are substantial contributors to the carbon footprint of universities (and many other organisations), but are typically under-accounted for in carbon management planning. The collaborative research team set-out to understand the extent to which university plans and actions in these areas are commensurate with climate emergency declarations, and make recommendations to support setting sufficiently ambitious targets and actions.The research, published today in Climate Policy, demonstrates that action on climate change in universities is extending beyond the familiar focus on energy related emissions to engage in more complex workplace practices, including long-distance business travel and catering. However, increasing sector-wide effort is unavoidable if universities are to fulfil their climate emergency declarations and align emissions reduction strategies with the UK Government’s net zero ambitions.Lead author on the research paper Professor Claire Hoolohan, The University of Manchester said: “Many universities omit, or only partially account for, business travel and food within their carbon management reporting. However, the importance of emissions in these areas is widely recognised and there is evidence of pioneer institutions setting targets and taking action to reduce emissions in these areas.“Across the sector more action is required to reduce emissions. To support sector-wide action, this briefing note focusses on targets and actions that should be implemented to rapidly and substantially reduce emissions in these two areas, and contribute towards a low-carbon workplace culture.”The UK’s Committee on Climate Change recognises aviation and agriculture as sectors where it is very challenging to reduce emissions. Mobility scholars have shown that aeromobility is deeply embedded in the institutional culture of Higher Education, with individual career progression and institutional standing linked to international mobility.Similarly, for meat-eating, coordinated developments across production-consumption systems sustain meat-heavy diets, and this is no less true in workplace cafeterias and catering. Subsequently, reducing emissions requires the reconfiguration of professional practices and institutional policies to enable low-carbon transformation.The research finds many universities planning to reduce emissions in these areas, but few have robust targets to support decarbonisation. Further it is action, not plans or targets, that reduce emissions and few universities have actions in place to reduce emissions across both areas. That said, there were examples of good practice in both areas, and future action could focus on the following:Positive actions on flying and food for Universities:Review and define ‘essential travel’ to support staff in avoiding travel as much as possible.Maximise the number of engagements per trip, reduce the distance and frequency.Make train travel the default for journeys within a specified distance, with additional time and funding for long distance rail travelFocus on reducing trips of frequent fliers and recognise the differentiated travel needs of staff with children, care commitments and medical needs.Review University policies for contradictions that encourage flyingReduce meat, and replace with plant-based alternativesMake plant-based event catering the default to spark conversation and enable staff to try new meals.Experiment at sub-organisation level, then share learning and scale upProfessor Alice Larkin, Head of Engineering at The University of Manchester, said: “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that rapid, deep and widespread changes are possible. The shifts in our academic activities that we’ve all experienced, as well as changes to how we’ve started to operate in new ways, present significant opportunities to establish alternative, more sustainable, practices.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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Fianna Fail to insist on Mica Redress scheme in Budget 2019

first_imgThe Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has confirmed to the Mica Action Group that his party will insist on a redress for affected homeowners to be included as a line item in the upcoming budget. Members of MIG travelled to Leinster house to have a face to face meeting with Micheál Martin, Charlie Mc Conalogue and Darragh O’ Brien to discuss the inclusion of a redress scheme for homeowners affected by defective blocks in the upcoming Budget.The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. Hundreds of homes across Donegal are believed to be affected by Mica.Member Michael Doherty said “MAG welcomed the invite from Micheál Martin to meet with him, Charlie and Darragh face to face to discuss the issue of defective blocks in Donegal.“In particular MAG took the opportunity to impress on the delegation the significant influence Fianna Fáil has on the budget outcome and their role in ensuring this issue is allocated a line item in the upcoming budget.“We also asked for the protocol review process to be expedited, finalised and published with immediate effect. “We explained how time is of the essence and that we needed to see action now to address the dire situation homeowners are finding themselves in.“Micheál Martin confirmed a number of times that he will ‘insist’ on the inclusion of redress in the budget. Charlie Mc Conalogue also recognised the importance of concluding the protocol development and review process and assured MAG of is continued support in this regard.”The group said they are encouraged by this outcome and were further heartened to hear how up-to-speed Micheál was in respect of this issue and thanked Charlie for his continued support in bringing this to the attention of the Fianna Fail leadership team.“We also took the opportunity to invite Micheál to Donegal to meet with homeowners and to see for himself, the very difficult circumstances and stress homeowners are facing.“MAG see this as a further step in the fight for redress and look forward to the publication of the budget with anticipation and increased optimism.” The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks.The objective of the group is to seek redress for homeowners affected by this issue.The group has engaged with government on a local and on a national level to determine the exact scale and the cause of the problem in the county.Fianna Fail to insist on Mica Redress scheme in Budget 2019 was last modified: September 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fianna failMIGredress schemelast_img read more

Student Arrested

first_imgOn Thursday, a parent contacted the Macon County Sheriff’s Department to let them know that their child had overheard another Franklin High School student communicate a threat towards the school during class Thursday. An investigation was initiated at that time. Charges were filed against a Franklin High School student for a threat of mass violence on educational property.last_img

Be Our Guest Dinner Review + Video

first_imgShare This!With all the content I filmed during my work trip last November, this dining review has been on hold for way too long!To see my experience with Dinner service at Be Our Guest, a restaurant located at Magic Kingdom park, click the video below!Have you eaten dinner at Be Our Guest? Did this video sway you one way or the other? Let me know in the comments!last_img

Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We all have the obligation to create the best atmosphere possible ahead of this game against Albania (on Friday),” Lopetegui said. “And I mean all of us. We are playing to make it to the World Cup. After a year and a half we have the chance to finish the job and we obviously need to focus on this game, which is the only important thing for us this week. We all have to contribute to create this good atmosphere, there is no doubt.”Pique was in tears on Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional. Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.“I see Pique with the same enthusiasm as before,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “He is as happyas he has always been inside our locker room.”Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media on Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said “Spain is your nation” and “Out Pique.”ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Lopetegui said in a radio interview with local radio station COPE on Monday night that the central defender remained “motivated” despite the abuse from fans. He said he talked to Pique and didn’t think he was affected by it.He said Pique’s “behavior with the national team has always been very good” and there was no reason not to have him on the team. He said the player was well liked by his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We don’t analyze the player’s political opinion,” Lopetegui said. “Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16. His commitment is tremendous. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bring him to the team. He is available and he wants to play. I know it’s not an easy situation, but I am a soccer coach and I have to prioritize.”The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the “unpleasant situation” generated by Catalonia’s bid for independence. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The national team’s practice on Tuesday was closed to the fans.“We are soccer players and coaches, we have to be focused on our main goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “We can’t get distracted by anything. I know that this is an unpleasant situation, but I ask for some reasoning and tranquility so we can all play a great match against Albania.”Spain is three points ahead of Italy in Group G. It has a much better goal difference than the Italians, so it can close in a World Cup spot with a victory against Albania or at Israel on Monday.Only the group winner automatically qualifies for next year’s tournament in Russia.On Tuesday, Barcelona and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league — Girona and Espanyol — joined a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona said none of its professional or youth teams practiced and its headquarters was closed. The club played in an empty Camp Nou on Sunday to show its discontentment with the government’s actions during the referendum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FILE – In this Monday, Sept 4, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Gerard Pique takes part in a training session a day prior to the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Liechtenstein and Spain at the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Gerard Pique from critics who question his loyalty to the national team because of his support for a disputed referendum on Catalan independence. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP, FIle)MADRID — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique’s commitment to the national team and called on the squad to be focused only on soccer despite the crisis involving Catalonia’s push for independence.Pique, the outspoken Barcelona defender highly supportive of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team’s training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ottawa police charge transit driver with 38 offences in deadly bus crash

first_imgOttawa police are charging the driver of a city bus with more than three dozen offences after a deadly crash in January that killed three people and injured 23 others.Aissatou Diallo was initially arrested and questioned after the incident at a transit station in the city’s west end, but released without charges.Police say the 42-year-old turned herself in this morning and now faces three counts of dangerous driving causing death, and 35 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.She is being released on a promise to appear at a court date scheduled for mid-September.The double-decker bus, on an express route from downtown to the west-end suburb of Kanata, slammed into the roof of a shelter, cutting through the right side of its upper deck and crushing a number of seats.Bruce Thomlinson, Judy Booth and Anja Van Beek, all civil servants working for the federal government, died in the crash that happened during a frigid Friday rush hour in the national capital.Police initially ruled out impaired driving as a cause of the January crash, but said at the time that they were looking at everything else, including weather and road conditions.The double-decker transit bus was travelling to Kanata’s suburban Bridlewood neighbourhood from downtown Ottawa when it hopped a curb and struck the Westboro transit shelter at about 3:50 p.m., just as rush hour began. It plowed along a station platform and into the overhanging roof of the transit shelter.Two people were thrown from the bus, and many of the injured survivors sustained injuries to their lower limbs and required amputations.The municipality has also faced multimillion-dollar lawsuits as a result.The Canadian Presslast_img read more