climate change

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]

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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.

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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.


In between his work with The Ecologist and the Conservative Party, Zac raises funds for groups around the world dealing with a broad range of environmental and conservation issues.

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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.

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Earth Day has just passed and World Environment Day is just around the corner, so if you're planning to celebrate you may discover that it's not easy to find positive, uplifiting songs about the environment, but here are five hits that span a range of musical styles.

Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me

The rise of Dublin act Little Green Cars and their debut album Absolute Zero has got us thinking of classsic songs about emotional angst with regards to the environment and hope for the future. Part one of this top ten contained some uplifting music with an environmental theme, this second part lists Country, Folk, Rock and R&B tracks - written decades ago - with a darker twist.

Future-living: eco-friendly home and garden supplies to help you save space, money and time. Once you've clicked on a link, you'll be taken to the product page on, where you can complete your purchase in the normal way. Here's some inspiration from Start UK and the Energy Saving Trust:

A wide range of carefully selected toys and model cars related to the Eco-Rally. There are model racing versions of the Eco-Rally cars and fascinating educational toys to help you and your child to understand future energy generation and propulsion.

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 / LOVEFiLM.


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.