Monthly Archives: July 2012

Greenfleet and nib reducing carbon emissons

Our planet has felt the pain of significant and lasting changes in weather patterns for many years, especially in Australia where extreme events and disasters have occurred due to climate change.

Australia’s very own environment charity Greenfleet is working to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help avoid these issues. Greefleet is a not- for-profit organisation that is dedicated to helping the Australian community reduce the environmental impact of travel, business and lifestyle choices by adopting low-carbon alternatives and biosequestration.

GreenFleet – environmental charity

Over the last 15 years Greenfleet has built up some of the biggest brand names in Australia with many households and small businesses supporting the organisation to create a low-carbon future.

One of their many supporters is health insurance and travel insurance company nib. Nib have a procedure where each travel insurance policy that is sold, they will plant a tree through Greenfleet. This is great for the environment to carbon emissions and demonstrates that nib is committed to take action on climate change for the local environment.

We recommend supporting these types of organisations such as GreenFleet to help create a better future for the environment.

For more information visit - www.greenfleet.com.au

Bicycles Taking On Climate Change

Australia: 2012-07-13: MELBOURNE (AP) Almost everything right now has a greener, more environmentally-friendly substitute. Coffee shops have been adopting salvaged counter tops, cleaning products have turned chemical-free and books and other paper products such as toilet paper, now come in the ‘recycled’ version. In addition, cars have been manufactured to fit the needs of a greener society, which in turn reduces our vehicles carbon footprint and helps us create a greener earth, hypothetically. However, with oil prices still weighing heavily on our wallets, and the knowledge that even hybrid vehicles need electricity in order to recharge, owning a car continues to be a burden both for consumers and the environment.

What adds to this is that although there are greener alternatives to fossil fuel and petrol-fuelled cars, such as bio-diesel and electric hybrids but the fact still remains that the production of these vehicles and their fuel source still make a detrimental impact on our earth’s atmosphere through carbon emissions; this is where a simple and practical solution comes in: Bicycles.

In Australia alone, 50% of the population own a bicycle and as much as 17% of these individuals ride their bikes once a week. Needless to say the popularity of cycling has shot up as the price of petrol has. Using pedal-power is a far more effective way to not only stay healthy, but cut back significantly on your consumption of fossil fuels. In 2011 alone, almost 1.2 million bicycles were sold all around Australia. Just imagine if all those 1.2 million bike users decided to ditch their cars and get to where they needed to be using only the power of their own two feet; it would be a day of less pollution and more savings.

With petrol prices hitting an all-time high this year, along with Australia’s increasing obesity epidemic, there is no better time to start cycling than now. The increasing popularity of cycling events like Ride2WorkDay where people ditch their cars for short commutes to work or to wherever they need to go, just shows that collective thought and the efforts of everyday people can make a big difference to the ‘health’ of our planet.

Bike manufacturers have responded greatly to this phenomenon by introducing higher quality bikes at more affordable prices. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a free-spirited hippy or simply a casual rider, you can now find the right bicycle at the click of a button. We not only encourage you to join the bicycle revolution, but to buy one online so you don’t have to get into your car to purchase one. Such online retailers in Australia include Bicycles Online and BSS Direct. Now is your chance to contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier you, two wheels at a time.

Officials: Climate change harms security

Washington Post: 2007-04-29: NEW YORK (AP) – There are new concerns surrounding a new national security threat, that could support terrorism worldwide and draw our armed forces into regional conflicts in Africa,Asia and Latin America. No, it is not nuclear proliferation. Nor is it a new brand of religious fundamentalism. Believe it or not, but it is global warming. During the past few weeks, several groups — including the U.S. Congress,  U.N. Security Council and a panel of retired top-ranking military officers, — have considered the possibility that global warming may be a compelling threat to peace and security in coming decades.

For the full article, visit The Washington Post.

Abe looking for oil on Middle East trip

RIYADH (Kyodo) The Saudi Arabian capital welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived on Saturday, where he began a five-nation tour of the Middle East. He is here to discuss cooperation over securing stability of energy supplies for Japan,security issues such as Iraq and Iran and the region’s peace process.

Abe attended a banquet hosted by Crown Prince  Sultan bin Abdul Aziz soon after arriving in the capital of Riyadh . His planned schedule also included an address at an economics seminar and hold talks with King Abdullah.

The trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt is Abe’s first visit to the oil-rich Middle East since assuming office in September. It will also be the first visit to Kuwait by a Japanese prime minister.

The Japanese prime minister is flying to the Middle East directly from his first trip to the United States, where he took part in a summit with President George W. Bush. Abe is hoping to go beyond Japan’s economic interests to build a critical relationship with the Middle East dealing with regional peace and stability.

During his eight-day trip, Abe will also visit the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, which is currently home to some 200 Air Self-Defense Force personnel.

The day before he left Tokyo, Abe said that his aim for this trip was to “engage in frank dialogue with the respective leaders in the Middle East to build the foundation for mutual trust in order to contribute to the region’s peace and stability.”

He is also expected to concrete Japan’s commitment to concluding a free-trade contract with the Gulf Cooperation Council to secure a stable oil supply, officials said.

The Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman make up the  six Middle Eastern oil producers comprising the GCC.  Due to his tight schedule, Abe was unable to visit all six this trip, a government official said.

To read full article, visit The Japan Times Online.