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Our Changing Climate and A Short Walk Down Memory Lane

28th July 2017



View of the Earth from satellite

The Blue Marble


Farewell to Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group

          Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group (PSEEG) held it’s final meeting on 20th July 2017 with a talk by Janet Roberts (Chair) on our changing climate.

          The image which greeted members and friends was of planet Earth as seen from Apollo 17 in 1972. Extreme weather from around the world over the last few years was then shown. This included hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, record high temperatures, wild fires, record low temperatures and flooding.

          Beautiful examples of vibrant life on coral reefs was then observed before seeing the reality of reefs affected by climate change. The same went for glaciers around the world. Looking at the Arctic and the way that global warming was placing the wildlife under increasing stress whilst the ice sheet on Greenland was reducing, was then displayed. Permafrost melting was causing the Inuit houses to be lost to the sea, blocks of flats in Siberia to collapse and the release of methane (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere.

          In the Antarctic a large portion of the Larsen C Ice Shelf (a fifth of the size of Wales) has recently broken off, whilst on the Brunt Ice Shelf Halley VI – the British scientific base which had been operational since 1956 – had to be moved because of a chasm opening up fairly near to the base. Unfortunately another chasm – named Halloween – has now also appeared and for the first time in its 61 years the personnel has had to evacuate the base for their winter.

          It was then shown that global warming had led to climate change and that the cause was directly due to the use of fossil fuels. A series of charts showed the rising temperatures and their connection to Carbon Dioxide ( CO2 ) emissions. The most worrying chart showed that over the last 800,000 years CO2 levels had never been above 300 ppm – evidence taken from ice cores from Antarctic. Recently CO2 levels have reached 400 ppm – evidence from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The warmest 10 years on record have been in this century except for 1998. 2016 ranks as the warmest.

          For the first time it seems the term ‘expert’ has been used as an insult. However the Group would prefer to believe climatologists, meteorologists, environmentalists, oceanographers, glaciologists, geologists, hydrologists, marine biologists, ecologists and many more specialists who have spent their professional lives studying and understanding this subject.

          A chart showing how contrarians or climate change deniers use a chart which shows consistently rising temperature is used and figures ‘cherry picked’ so that they can say temperatures have not risen in the last 16 years.

          The Group were then shown what they could do. As individuals they could look at their own carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it. Nationally the answer is sustainable renewable energy. Photovoltaics, solar hot water, biomass, hydro, geothermal, wind – both onshore and off-shore - should all be encouraged.

          Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is being cosidered by the government at the moment. This follows a Government review which fully recommended its go-ahead. It would be a world first. Unfortunately, because the cost of renewable energy is paid by the energy consumer it could be considered too expensive. The total renewable energy subsidy for 2014/15 paid by consumers was £3.5 billion. At the same time, according to the International Monetary Fund, the UK fossil fuel industry received £26 billion in subsidies.

          Governments must be enpowered to invest and support renewable energy projects. In 2007 the UK led the world with the Climate Change Act when only 4 or 5 MPs voted against it. What has happened to that consensus?

          The Group then took a short walk down memory lane. Listed were the number of speakers booked, educational visits made, conferences attended, consulations taken part in, articles and letters in newspapers – both local and national. Talks were given to wide spectrum of groups.

          Details and a timeline of the work involved in the wind turbine project at East Williamston was set out. PSEEG was involved from 2009 to 2014. The project is still going ahead under a very capable and experiened team.

          Janet finished the evening by thanking the members and friends who had supported the Group over the previous 9 years. This included PLANED – who had started and encouraged PSEEG, PAVS, Environment Wales, Ynni’r Fro and Marten Lewis at the Darwin Centre.

          She thanked Neil Sefton for taking over as Chair in 2013 and Philip Wathen for his valuable work on the website and taking on many behind the scene roles.

          Janet Roberts will continuing to give similar talks to any group interested in this subject. For contact details see PSEEG’s website: http://pseeg.org.uk



Vian and Janet Roberts


Vian and Janet Roberts


To look at Janet's presentation, click here.
J.R.


Past Articles
DateTitle
26th May 2017Using Nature's Energy Resources: A talk by Ben Ferguson-Walker, Development Officer for the Ynni'r Fro scheme
24th March 2017The Art of Hiding The Truth: A talk by Janet Roberts after seeing the film 'Merchants of Doubt'
27th January 2017Keeping the Lights On: A Quick Trip through the Story of Light: A talk by Philip Wathen
23rd September 2016The Legacy of Past Energy Decisions: A talk by Tim Deere-Jones
29th July 2016Dirty Oil: A film about the extraction of oil from the tar sands of Alberta
27th May 2016The Truth About Climate Change: A film by David Attenborough
25th March 2016European Union Funding Support for Pembrokeshire: A talk by Steven Bradley from PLANED
29th January 2016What Lessons We Can Learn About Fracking?: Thoughts after watching the film 'Gasland'
27th November 2015Resilient Communities in an Emergency: A talk by Pauline Louchart, Emergency Planning Officer, PCC
25th September 2015Cyd Cymru (Wales Together) collective energy switching scheme: A talk prepared by Lisa Davies, PCC
24th July 2015Skomer Marine Reserve - and much more: An illustrated talk by Blaise Bullimore
26th June 2015A visit to Stackpole Walled Garden: with Ian Wilshaw, Treasurer, Mencap Pembs, and Mike Evans, SDF Project Manager
29th May 2015Protecting Pembrokeshire's Coastline: A talk by Emyr Williams, PCC Coast Protection Engineer
10th April 2015Your Parliamentary Candidates' Answers to the PSEEG Questionnaire
3rd April 2015A visit to the RWE Pembroke Power Station, arranged by Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre
27th March 2015Present and Future Flood Risks Explained: A talk by Richard Wicks & Phill Pickersgill from NRW
23rd January 2015Our Home Planet: The showing of the film 'Home' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
28th November 2014Marine Energy in Pembrokeshire: A talk by Louise Rigby, co-ordinator for Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP)
24th October 2014Extreme Weather Events: A talk on changing weather patterns by Janet Roberts, secretary of PSEEG
26th September 2014Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation
25th July 2014How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy
27th June 2014Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG
23rd May 2014Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG
28th March 2014The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
24th January 2014P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator
29th November 2013To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales
11th October 2013Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory
27th September 2013Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve
28th June 2013Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer
24th May 2013Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity


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