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Changes in Earth's climate system: average global temperature, rainfall and other fundamental patterns. Naturally occurring factors, such as changes in the sun, affect the earth's temperature but most scientists believe that these are not powerful enough to explain the recent rapid warming.
The 10 years up to the end of 2009 were the hottest recorded since global surface temperature measurements began. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts a further temperature rise of between 1.1 and 6.4 ºC in the next century.
Humans boost the naturally occurring greenhouse effect by releasing extra greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). CO2 is mostly connected to energy-generation, i.e. burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. Methane is mostly connected to food & farming. Both methane and carbon dioxide are released through land use change, such as drainage of peat bogs and deforestation. [source: Start's guide to climate change]
The 2011 Bridgestone Eco-Rally event is in collaboration with Start- a national initiative by The Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living and to show what a more energy efficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like. Start's objective is to present an inspiring picture of a sustainable future.
As the world's largest tyre company, Bridgestone is committed to reducing the impact of motoring and to helping ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Several Eco-Rally vehicles including the 2011 World and European Car of the Year are shod with Bridgestone tyres.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) provides a range of resources to help your organisation reduce carbon dioxide emissions. EST is working with partners to deliver the Plugged in Fleets Initiative. 20 organisations across the country will receive tailored strategic plans on how they can incorporate EVs into their fleets.
Here you will find a range of carefully selected toys and model cars related to the Eco-Rally.More...
Here you will find a range of carefully selected films, documentaries and TV shows related to the Eco-Rally participants which are currently available on Amazon.co.uk / LOVEFiLM. More...
The Easter holidays mark the beginning of Spring - a wonderful season that brings in a sense of renewal along with sprouting greenery and flowers... but are we eating the rainforest? The Rainforest Foundation UK and Ethical Consumer have surveyed over 70 of the UK's top chocolate brands on their use of palm oil or its derivatives. If rainforest destruction causes climate change and climate change is spoiling our European Spring, how can we enjoy Easter with a clear conscience? See below for our pick of delicious Easter gifts made by responsible companies.
Dr Dominic Emery is Chief Development Officer for BP Alternative Energy, which was created at the end of 2005 and now comprises biofuels, wind and corporate ventures, with a plan to invest $8 billion in alternative energy over ten years. Dominic's current responsibilities include corporate venture investment, strategy and investor relations for Alternative Energy.<
A specialist engineering team from within the world-famous university, Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER) has been creating solar-power-only racing cars to compete in the prestigious World Solar Challenge. The vehicles are designed, modelled and manufactured entirely from scratch. In the process the team has often developed entirely novel methods of car manufacturing and modes of thought in order to maximise the sustainability and safety of the vehicles. These methods have so far attracted the investment of global car manufacturers, energy companies and technological leaders.
Dr Gregory Offer is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London. As a young academic he is involved in research investigating hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and hybrid and electric vehicles, from fundamental electrochemistry to the engineering challenges involved in developing low carbon vehicles.