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Planet under Pressure

15. March 2012

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Our Planet is Under Pressure and a major international conference in London from 26-29 March will use this name to focus on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. The Met Office will be attending along with many other impressive international  organisations and speakers. The aim is to explore how to work together to manage climate-related […]

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What is a rain garden?

10. February 2012

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Rain gardens were initially developed in the States around 15-20 years ago and spread rapidly to Australia and New Zealand.http://www.arc.govt.nz/environment/water/stormwater/a-home-raingarden.cfm The concept was first promoted as a way for gardeners to contribute to reducing the growing problem of severe flash flooding in towns and cities. The idea is that the garden soaks up as much, if […]

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USA basks in winter sunshine

4. February 2012

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What is happening with the weather? Whilst the UK freezes, temperatures in parts of the USA have been exceptionally high – Central Park saw almost 60F on Thursday 2nd February. This map shows shows unseasonably warm temperatures soaring across the continental U.S. this week. Trees and plants budding early may lose their chance to bloom when the […]

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Weather, Climate control and Water companies

1. February 2012

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Just read some alternative definitions of these words that resonated and amused. Thought I would share them with you: Weather Forecasting  The science of telling, with 70% accuracy, what the weather has just been Climate Control   An essential decrease in consumerism to avoid climatic catastrophe Water Companies A business that sells back the rain that […]

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New USA Hardiness Zone Map reflects warmer climate

27. January 2012

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At last Americas 82 million gardeners can now use accurate climate information to select the plants they will grow. Launched on 25th January 2012, the new Arbor Day.org Hardiness Zone Map separates America  into ten different temperature zones  and reflects that many areas have become warmer since 1990 when the last USDA hardiness zone map was published. Significant portions […]

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NASA reports 2011 9th warmest on record

22. January 2012

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 NASA has announced that the global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.  http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2011-temps.html Time to consider different trees/plants to plan for a warmer yet unpredictable […]

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Plants and climate change in the USA

30. December 2011

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From maple syrup production to fruit in our grocery aisles, climate change is starting to have more significant impacts on plant species around the U.S. Here’s a look at a number of plant species that are already showing signs of climate-induced changes. http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/plants-and-climate-change/

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UK Xmas green not white

23. December 2011

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Looks as though the UK will not experience any snow this Xmas .Check this weather and snow forecast for your region. http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=other;type=xmas;sess Just enjoying some chill time in my Garden House planning new developments for Climate Change Gardening in 2012. Also reflecting on the bizarre weather the world has experienced during 2011. Watch this amazing Channel 4 documentary […]

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Sir David warning on climate change

1. December 2011

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Sir David Attenborough says that people have a ‘huge moral responsibility towards the rest of the planet’ . As a world renowned scientist and the greatest living documentary film maker, we must listen to the warnings by this great man and think about how we can respond to the urgent need for everyone of us to care more about the state of our […]

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Google Earth 3D trees and climate change

24. November 2011

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The sun is back in London and I am heading off  to Kew Gardens to soak up the horticultural delights and hopefully take some photos – especially of the beautiful trees that are at Kew. Speaking of trees, did you know that Google Earth now has an amazing 3D tree facility that lets you look at how trees compliment […]

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