Archive | September, 2013

IKEA sells solar panels

30. September 2013

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The world’s leading furniture retailer Ikea said today it had started selling solar panels in its British stores. “It’s a logical extension. You can buy everything that consumes energy (at Ikea) so why not buy something that generates energy,” said the company’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/30/ikea-sell-solar-panels-uk-stores

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How to Look after your lawn as climate shifts

30. September 2013

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36% GARDENERS REPORT THAT THEIR LAWNS GROW ALL YEAR 44% GARDENERS NOW MOW LAWNS A MONTH EARLIER IN SPRING (WRAP May 2007) Our poor lawns just do not know what is going on! Summer 2006 they were dry and parched from  drought. Summer 2007 they experienced monsoon conditions. Summer 2011 and 12  delivered a mix […]

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UK weather turns more extreme

29. September 2013

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Global trends identified by climate scientists suggest Britain will get more extreme rainfall, and wetter and warmer winters. Following the latest IPCC report the outlook for UKweather patterns is changing. Warmer, wetter winters and more extreme rainfall are what the UK can expect from climate change, meteorological experts warned on Friday. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/27/climate-change-uk-weather-ipcc

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Economists sprout green fingers

5. September 2013

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Economists sprout green fingers

  Gardening is a great antedote to stress – anyone feeling the financial strain might like to get their hands dirty and connect to their roots – or just read this article which appeared in The Economist magazine for inspiration. It captures everything I say about gardening in a changing climate. In particular, it confirms […]

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Trees for Cities

4. September 2013

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Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Set up as Trees for London in 1993, Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most. They manage projects […]

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September Indian Summer for RHS Flower Show

2. September 2013

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September has begun with glorious sunshine and the promise of very warm temperatures this week across Southern England . Highs of 77F to 78F (25 to 26C) are expected across the country on Monday and the south east is likely to see that rise to 82F or 28c on Thursday.Although showers due from Friday it […]

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Warmest and driest UK summer since 2006

2. September 2013

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Provisional Met Office statistics for this summer (June, July and August) show that this year has seen the warmest, driest and sunniest summer since 2006. In terms of rainfall, the estimate suggests about 189 mm of rain – which is 78 % of the UK average, making this the driest summer since 2006 and ranking […]

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