Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Network Resource Teacher Guardian this week to help students understand how the economy works in the UK and around the world

With many world economies struggling, now is the time for students to become familiar with how the economy works.

The Guardian Teacher Network means to stimulate ideas.

A good start for 7 - to 11-year project Oxfam GB Bananas. As children follow the path of humble banana from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom, the detailed lessons learned food grown abroad through several hands, the steps and processes and make money.

See photo gallery illustrating the course of the banana, then check out this series of lessons to deepen cross-question.

pay for it, managed by Citizenship Foundation, offers an impressive range of teaching resources by using concrete examples of how the overall economic impact of student life onaffects. See Government of the economy and an overview of the economic challenges facing the government and to learn more about the range of lesson plans. Then continue with six lesson plans covering all major areas of public spending: education, health, the environment, the protection of the population, employment and social spending. In the description of each resource, you will find links to the presentation slides and current news articles.

the idea of ??a green economy in the class with a little help from the British Council board model 2012, running this week. This report examines the question of how the European Union can achieve a green economy. You can find a way to keep their own council model here.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an original work in schools on the circular economy. He conducts workshops and teacher training to help teachers explore a real alternative to wear makeup economics students need to discuss. This poster defines the circular economy, compared to the linear economy. See also the summary financial report of the GEF. This fact was new, which focuses on how chemistry lessons can help us see beyond recycling as we know it. Lessons on finding a way to use the by-products of the manufacture of orange juice and study cells for electric cars. Resetting the system analyzes how you can explore the themes of the new economy through design and technology courses.

Global inequalities skills is a fascinating report by Think Global and the British Council explaining how schools and businesses can help young people to broaden their horizons, and how to teach students about our globalized world is essential if the UK is to compete in the global economy.

Citizenship Association recommends Give us a work of post-16 class. It explores some of the activities that make you think the policies that the central government could take to help youth unemployment.
With Olav Twint, Professor of Economics in the Netherlands, for their advice to get more students interested in world affairs and the economy and economics professor Chris Morgan to share your PowerPoint externalities, as well as a lesson on elasticity photos and business cards international chain of words.

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Monday, November 26, 2012


can not buy happiness. Social affairs editor of The Guardian looks at the relationship between deprivation and happiness and see what areas recording the highest life satisfaction

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David Halpern, the man leading the Prime Minister on happiness, told the Guardian yesterday that the economic situation of the region are not a reliable indicator for the happiness of its citizens. His argument was that there are many reasons why a person is.

is very true. Below is a slide Halpern began yesterday in his presentation to journalists, government officials and academics. Shows how different factors can affect the results of happiness. As pointed out live in Northern Ireland makes you feel better if it was in another part of the United Kingdom.

"Maybe because people live in strong, cohesive network," he explained, adding that there was "probably a good thing" for the unrest.

The fact is that the blade showed unemployment, marriage and volunteerism all scores assigned. "Some of them are beyond the government. Do you think people can trust is an important factor in the subjective. Scandinavia Among those scoring as high as 70%. The UK is 30%. This has a significant impact on how you feel. "


Halpern is that many factors influence happiness. Money is one. Famous Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University Angus Deaton and claimed in U.S. annual income of $ 75,000 made you as happy as you can get. Above that amount, raising their welfare, but not as much as the salary. Andrew Oswald, one of the best known researchers in the field has shown that countries with high blood pressure are not as happy.

So what supports Halpern: disadvantaged areas of the UK are not necessarily the most unfortunate. The table below clearly shows. As stressed life satisfaction was highest reported in Hartlepool in Blackburn, despite similar levels of deprivation.


even rich people are happier than the rich Wokingham. Halpern said he might have something to do with Rutland be more pleasant - built on lakes and lots of trees. It may have sounded petulant but it is based on evidence: when the National Bureau of Statistics surveys performed well in 2011, 73% of respondents mentioned the environment, including local parks and nature as an important factor in well-being.

Considering the factors that may affect life satisfaction - such as health, family and friends, and job security - which could explain why people are happier in Oxford Cambridge, which makes people happier than richer Cumbria Bath, Nottingham and people are much more satisfied than Stoke

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I like to fly, but it seems unfair that the rates are so low. Can I offer reasons why you might fly with a conscience?

is time for the aviation industry to pay the ferryman. Far has turned flying over the regulation of climate change, but April 30, 2013, the EU dictates that they must register for emissions trading. Like other highly polluting industries, this means putting a cap on carbon emissions of aircraft arriving at or departing from EU airports. Airlines trade pollution permits in a carbon market for aviation. The theory is that fleets that are low in carbon would be rewarded and would encourage airlines to invest in green parks.

OK, so this is not a tax on kerosene and there are plenty of turbulence ahead - industry lobbyists are fighting furiously to dilute the law and outside the EU, some companies refuse to report their emissions. (Absurd, China claims exemption because of being a developing country.) But the fact that the aviation industry is made to act like other major energy consumers (commercial U.S. airlines heartburn 50m gallons of fuel per day) can provide relief.

is true, this industry can be difficult to love. Traditionally countered criticism from environmentalists causing "hairy" (named after Michael O'Leary of Ryanair) or declaring that air transport accounts for only 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. Critics argue that it does not take into account the radiative forcing: altitude, the negative effects of burning kerosene are amplified to the power of three

be fair, there were some green innovation. The aircraft was upgraded to more efficient models. Check each airline for the "environment" to sell their fleets (the latest available). But the gains in energy efficiency can only go so far. Some airlines, especially BA and Virgin have begun to take an interest in alternative fuel sources, including biofuels. Virgin Atlantic flew a plane to Amsterdam in 2008 with an engine with a ratio of coconut oil and babassu nuts, other companies have used jatropha oil and algae even increase the content biofuels in each flight. Butit is still a very small proportion of fuel, and the land where crops to be? The land required for food?

Despite many unanswered questions, including climate change protesters seem to fly these days (I note some received their boarding pass after negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen collapsed. Was is the last show of frustration kick the planet?). Unfortunately, there is still no such thing as a jet-setting eco.


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demonstrators term is used for the government's plans to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, which sets a minimum wage for agricultural workers in Britain 154,000. They fear that this leaves many in poverty.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Conservative Party

says he has no intention of disciplining Chris Heaton-Harris on the way to Telegraph columnist

The Conservative Party has said it has no intention of disciplining Chris Heaton-Harris on the path of a Telegraph columnist to help as a candidate anti-wind in Corby election partial, but the MP is the official agent for the Conservative campaign in the constituency.

After talking to Heaton-Harris and see the video evidence, officials Conservatives said they wanted to focus on the big issues, but he admitted that he had been stupid.

Interior Minister Theresa May said she was guilty only of foolish presumption, which led to the renewable energy industry to describe the response of the party as beyond belief .

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, said the episode showed that the Corby Conservative campaign had become chaotic.

Michael Dugher MP, Vice-President of Labour, said: "Even the Conservative campaign director do not think people should support the Conservative candidate Chris Heaton-Harris If you do not trust and the Conservative candidate.'s party, the public should not. past week, the Conservatives withdrew the whip from Nadine Dorries to go on I'm a Celebrity. During a Conservative MP to support a rival candidate in the election partial attempt to change the government policy is certainly a serious betrayal of his party. David Cameron needs to show leadership. "

columnist James Delingpole

withdrew his candidacy after the Energy Minister, John Hayes, gave an interview to the Daily Mail report onshore wind farms.

Heaton-Harris has apologized for giving the impression of being secretly filmed by Greenpeace activists pose as anti-wind. The decision not to punish Heaton-Harris, two days before the election may reflect the proximity of the election date, but the popularity of the MP and anti-wind cause backbench Conservative.

peer Lord Foulkes

work Heaton-Harris accused of trying to sabotage the policy of his own government and demanded the government's energy policy fell into chaos new coalition.

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on energy Lords, Lady Verma, declined to comment on the statements Heaton-Harris, or had recently said she considers her writing as a load of hot air.

Lord Cormack, another pair of Tory, Hayes jumped to the defense, saying that when the Minister said: "Enough is enough echoed the feelings of many people across the country and we believe he is a hero. "

's decision not to punish Heaton-Harris will be taken by the opposition parties as a sign that the mood against renewable energy is now so deeply in the Conservative Party that Downing Street political force or will stop in.

The decision also left intact Hayes, conservatives believe there is documentary evidence that he gave an interview to The Mail unauthorized marking the end of onshore wind farms within a plot is Delingpole withdraw his candidacy in Corby.

The episode left the Department of Energy, divided by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, a conflict that threatens billions of dollars in renewable investment.Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leader, MP , said: "Some conservatives are clearly intended to disrupt the green agenda of the coalition is ready to stab their own candidates to the rear to do. position of the coalition on wind turbines and green energy will not change because the Liberal Democrats will not allow it. We are committed to making this the greenest government ever.

"Conservatives should be no doubt, we will keep their promises on the environment."

On Channel 4 News Tuesday evening Hayes said: "With regard to onshore wind, which is being built, which was accepted and a small portion of what is in the planning system, we have achieved our ambition for our renewable objective. End of story. "

energy ministry released a statement saying its policy "was to have goals for the future of renewable energy and has not made a decision on how much of this energy comes from different sources. "
The statement was designed to demonstrate that wind farms may be needed to meet 2020 carbon cuts jobs.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jonathon Porritt

wonder why moderate "fear" impacts of global warming not to alienate people

So here I am, writing this on a flight out to join the forum for future colleagues in New York (I know, I know ...), thinking, as always, how to manage the defense challenge that awaits us.

in the day, the British media is racing in recent data on the extent of Arctic sea ice melt during the summer. Superlatives abound: "The worst ever", "unprecedented", "no known comparison of at least three million years, etc., but what caught me across the cover was the testimony of some of the scientists involved: shocked, horrified and surprised, because they are clearly the prospect of a summer ice-free Arctic by 2030 - decades earlier than scientists had predicted a few years ago

A comment from a researcher at the University of Cambridge sea ice says it all: "It's amazing .. is disturbing, frightening, physically we have changed the face of the earth "

fear. A word that is desperately simple, yet serious difficulties for effective use -. Especially the United States

In his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has mentioned climate change once, and use quotes around it to show his contempt for Barack Obama's position is slightly compromised.

is election time, and both parties are still a lot of money lobbyists from oil, coal and gas. Money speaks louder than scientific or basic reason. Just check the official platform of the Republican Party of Texas: "We strongly oppose efforts by extreme environmental groups to stop and stop the oil and gas believe that the EPA should be abolished We support free continue to use and build .. incandescent bulbs. We strongly support the immediate repeal of the Act endangered species the. We are strongly opposed to the inclusion of dune lizard sage brush as threatened or endangered. "

Now that's scary. Especially if you're a lizard dune sage brush.

I feel bad about it. And yet, having just read the last dam formidable Kevin Anderson of the University of Manchester, taking part in the vast majority of climate scientists by their inability wise to say what he really is: "Contrary to the allegations of many climate. skeptics, scientists repeatedly and seriously underestimate the consequences of their analysis, it is to avoid 2 ° C, "impossible" results in "challenging but feasible", while "urgent and radical" appears as "challenge" - all to appease the god of the economy. clear, climate change commitments are incompatible with economic growth in the short and medium term. "

is good in this area. One way or another, many of us are involved in the game by the horror of accelerating climate change. Even I do with my own children, who began to wonder how, after 40 years of efforts to bridge the gap between what should be done and what is being done and collapsed in despair!

"never too late," I said. Not as in "never too late" to avoid a shock to the system pretty terrible, but "never too late" to prevent the total collapse of apocalyptic.
I spent much of my summer reading books for people with this line of demarcation, including the recent renovation of the original (1972) limits the growth analysis by Jorgen Randers. This time, must deliver his point of view rather bleak Norwegian 2052, and here is his conclusion.

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Tory MPs

was concerned by the outpouring of energy attacks anti-green and renewable governments

David Cameron is about to defend the green economy after a group of more than 20 Conservative MPs expressed concern about the issue in a letter to Downing Street.

Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, which organized the letter to Cameron, said foreign investment is vital to rejuvenate infrastructure in the UK. He said: "It is vital that the government aims to promote and encourage investment in the emerging markets of marine energy to thrive and make our country a world leader in renewable energy." La letter appears as Cameron pushes new Middle East investment in energy production in Britain including cash for wind farms.

Prime Minister to meet the heads of three of the largest sovereign wealth funds of the United Arab Emirates, where he directs persuade them to invest even more important in renewables and nuclear.

However, MEPs are concerned about the outpouring of anti-green and what they see as attacks on renewable energy from various sectors of the coalition - mainly George Osborne. Although the green economy worth more than $ 120 billion, and the sector has provided a third of the recent economic growth, Cameron was remarkably calm. The strength of the defense of Cameron - and if it includes commitments on green energy - will be crucial to persuading companies hold tens of billions of investment to put your money in the UK rather than abroad

Greg Barker, the Conservative Minister of State for Energy, said it was time for the government to "put your mouth where the money is" vocally supporting green investments by large companies. ago more than 10 wind companies considering investing in the UK, tens of billions of pounds, but research by the Guardian earlier this year are many famous outside, waiting for the publication of the law on energy - later this month - and more political support.

Gaynor Hartnell Oliver Colvile
, Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, who also signed the letter, said. "It is very important that we, the government does not send the right message about renewable energy was a vague impression that we were cold in green energy." Andrew Raingold, executive director of Aldersgate group of companies, including Asda, BT and Microsoft, said it was "surprising" that the government had decided not to boast green economy, and their growth has been very helpful to the economy. said the sector was particularly dependent on government statements, foreign investors have made decisions on whether or not to connect the money in the UK on the basis of statements of government policy.

He said: "While the green economy is a cornerstone of growth in the recovery of the United Kingdom of the global economic crisis, political uncertainty and mixed messages undermine ministers The success of this environmental sector is one area in which the. UK has a solid foundation on which to build and can be one of the fundamental elements of a real recovery driven by exports of advanced manufacturing and expertise. competing economies with rapidly building their capacity to take advantage of a lucrative market overall, will head the UK government a strong and coherent to transform your vision into reality the green economy. "

The green economy is one of the few areas of manufacturing, which provided a positive balance of payments - more exports than imports - against major economies like the United States, China and Germany. Exports from the United Kingdom about £ 800 per year on goods and services to China, around £ 330 million in the United States and about 300 million pounds to Germany. The green economy is now worth more than $ 120 billion per year, equivalent to 8% of GDP, creating nearly a million jobs, and a third of the recent growth of the British economy , according to the CBI. Without it, the UK was in recession in the last quarter. With it, the United Kingdom could be in trade figures and more positive economic recovery.

But the sector has not been mentioned in the conference of the Conservative Party David Cameron has refused to make public statements on green growth in the last year. The reason seems to be the reluctance of the right wing of the Conservative Party to recognize environmental problems and their belief that environmental issues represent a burden rather than an opportunity. Which was released last week, when the Minister of youthful energy, John Hayes, said he had "enough" wind in the remarks alarmed green industries and potential investors.
John Cridland, director general of the CBI, said: "If we are able to make the right decisions, the UK has the potential to win a grand prize - enter our market share growing global and pulled around £ 20 billion into the economy. miss this opportunity. "

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Maximize the impact of research on society depends on partnerships between universities intermediation appropriate public policy, said David Phipps - and paves the way Canada

Earlier this year the network of higher education, presented knowledge mobilization as a process that connects academic university in the humanities and social policy makers nonacademic to make informed decisions about public policies and practices, promote social innovation and sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural.

then reflected on its past - the roots of knowledge mobilization that I understand now. In this third episode, I return now to see how York University in Toronto supports collaboration between researchers and partners to maximize the impact of research on society.

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York University Knowledge Mobilization practice trying to get the actual results of the search to find "receptors" and soon realized that we need more interactive methods to bridge the gap between research in the context of higher education policy and practice that could use it. Researchers and their partners must find common ground to work together to not only research that meets the academic standards of scholarship, but also relevant to non-academic partners.

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York University Knowledge Mobilization uses a set of services available to teachers and students of all disciplines at the university. Our knowledge mobilization teachers and helps partners identify and develop research collaborations with support meetings, student interns and the use of social media as a channel connection. We recently published a report on our full range of services.

Approximately 70% of our members are from the community sector and the public sector 30%. This is the work of agents of knowledge in the unity of knowledge mobilization to select the appropriate service (s) to the right and social researcher. We have three full-time riders, including two working on campus and in the community, on the basis of our partner community of leading United Way of York Region. Between January 2006 and December 2011, the bargaining unit involving academic relations 246 240 (16% of all university professors). Some of them have been successful collaborations that have produced effects, such as the Centre for the green economy assessment center (expansion of services to immigrants), United Way of York Region placement Force (examining the links between living conditions and health) and the heat register PARC (reduce disease and death related to heat and to inform the public about the risks associated with extreme heat).

Some projects have become long-term partnerships, well-funded, such as mobilization Minds, which explores ways for young adult mental health. Others had a luncheon. Although all operations are funded collaborations knowledge mobilization York helped our community partners to collect over $ 1 million of program funds and attracted more than $ 17 million to fund research scientists York University and their partners. This is very good for our staff and students, as well as York Region and Toronto, but the impact is spreading. We are currently working with five other universities in Canada, all of which have invested in knowledge mobilization services. York University, in collaboration with Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Guelph, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact- network-ImpactRecherche (IRB), a network of knowledge mobilization for Canada. RIR mandate is to maximize the impact of academic research on society by supporting knowledge workers and the promotion of impact.

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It is a nightmare when arachnophobes a year, when spiders seem to grow in tough and run indoors. Men are racing in search of females to mate, and the big house spider that can make a big scene goosebumps.


seems so big now, because women are full of eggs, which are laid in the fall. Most spiders into the house by accident, but heavy rains this year served so much more than usual crept into the sanctuary.

wasp phobic One thing to be grateful for, though:. the rain was a very bad year for wasps

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population explosion

coral-eating starfish, storms and ocean acidification causing a rapid decline, according to a study

coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has been reduced by more than half over the last 27 years, according to scientists, following major storms, bleaching and predation by explosions population coral starfish absorbs nutrients away.

At the current rate of decline, new coral cover halved in ten years, but scientists said the reef could recover if the crown of thorns starfish can be controlled and longer-term the global carbon emissions of carbon dioxide is reduced.

"This new study provides compelling evidence that the cumulative impacts of storms, the crown of thorns starfish (COTS) and two bleaching events have had a devastating effect on the reefs in the last three decades, "said John Gunn, Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Coral reefs are an important part of the marine ecosystem as a source of food and protection for young fish. They are under threat worldwide effects of bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures and increased ocean acidification, which reduces the ability of corals to build their calcium carbonate structures.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the symbolic world, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and the source of A5bn $ (£ 3.2bn) a year to the Australian economy through tourism. The observations are based on the decline over 2,000 surveys of 214 reefs between 1985 and 2012. The results showed a decrease in coral cover from 28% to 13.8% - an average of 0.53% per annum and a total loss of 50.7% for the period of 27 years. The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (subscription).

two thirds of the coral loss has occurred since 1998 and the rate of decline has increased in recent years, an average of approximately 1.45% per year since 2006. "If the trend continues, coral cover could halve again in 2022," said Peter Doherty, a researcher at the institute.

tropical cyclones, Cots predation and bleaching 48%, 42% and 10% of the estimated losses. Over the past seven years, the reef was hit by six major hurricanes. Cyclone Hamish, for example, ran along the reef parallel to the coast for about 930 miles (1500 km), leaving a trail of destruction far greater than the average of cyclones, which usually crosses the barrier on a road perpendicular to the coast.

David Curnick, freshwater and marine program coordinator for the Zoological Society of London, said that most coral species the most threatened in the world were also under strong pressure from the aquarium .

"Corals are notoriously difficult to propagate in captivity and therefore trade remains heavily dependent on the collection in the wild.". "

said the survey results of the Great Barrier Reef are not surprising and challenge environmentalists was localized threats to coral limit a chance to recover and strengthen resilience to the effects of climate change. "It's hard, but quite feasible and there are many community projects around the world that demonstrate this."

Corals can recover if given the chance. But it is slow - in the absence of cyclones, cots and bleaching, Great Barrier Reef can grow back at a rate of 2.85% per year, wrote the scientists. Removing the coral cover problem Cribs increase to 0.89% per annum.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

police seem to have difficulty answering questions on the subject of undercover agents having sex or long-term relationships with activists

writhing police chiefs today, while the issue of long-term relationships or sexual relations between secret agents and activists appeared in public.

Jenny Jones, Green member of the London Assembly, has proposed what he called the "problematic" question on the committee that oversees the Metropolitan Police.

Sometimes, Craig Mackey, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, seemed to struggle for words when he answered the questions.

undercover agent said that would not be allowed to initiate a sexual relationship with an activist, but also warned curious "normally".

Mackey also repeated the party line now Minister of Police Nick Herbert, suggesting that infiltrators can have sex with an activist, and a total ban would give people who were infiltrating to check if they worked for the police.

"It is very difficult to write a rule" that says Mackey.

Two other things -. He said he is "waiting" undercover police officers now will not engage in long-lasting relationships
said long-term relationships in the past he has called "well documented" could not happen now, if the pilot was doing his job properly.