Australia on fire: a warming of oceans and the atmosphere means more to come

Tweet The country’s three-year drought and bush fires that turned 11 million hectares of forest into cinders casts a light on the global climate crisis. A spokesperson from the Australian Conservation Foundation said: “Scott Morrison is still denying global warming and his answers for it are inadequate.”  The nation contributes to 1.3% of the world’s pollution, but taking into account how much coal it exports to South East Asian countries like China, Japan and India- the percentage would be around 17%.  “To keep digging and burning fossil fuels will condemn us to…

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Flooding in Eastbourne

Tweet Climate change means rising sea levels and unpredictable weather and you may be wondering how likely it is for Eastbourne to be flooded. Two factors are considered when measuring the likelihood of a particular area getting flooded- metres above sea level, and how much your council has invested in water overflow protection. getthedata.com has a map of our coastal town with red circles indicating there’s a high risk of swamping and green to show that there’s a very low chance.  The website’s maps are generated by the Environment Agency’s…

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Make Eastbourne a carbon-neutral town

Tweet Our performance to reduce global warming is ineffective compared to other similar local authority regions. Friends of the Earth revealed that Eastbourne has 5 megawatts of renewable energy available coming from natural and clean power like the sea, sun and wind- but if it were to match similar local council neighborhoods, it would have 33MW. Renewable energy can come from wind farms and solar panels; on average, 1MW of sustainable power creates enough energy for 125 homes. Reducing waste is crucial in cutting greenhouse gases. According to the Friends…

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Much-loved writer Ifeoma Onyefulu tells Overtime about her bestselling short story

Tweet The writer came to London from Nigeria to further her education at the age of 20 and has always wanted to show people how beautiful and vibrant Africa is. She has published more than 20 short stories aimed at children, but they can be enjoyed by adults too. I, for instance- have savoured her picture-books and spoke to a group of people about what they thought of ‘A is for Africa’ which was published in 1993 and takes readers through an alphabetical adventure. Onyefulu has led exhibitions at The…

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Shop smart, shop sustainably

Tweet Zero Waste Eastbourne, a plastic-free store in Eastbourne’s town centre sets the standards for guilt-free shopping. It was founded by Abigail and Andy Tyrrelle who use supplier goods that ship using sustainable packaging such as fabric sacks or paper. They buy from local businesses to reduce the negative impact travel miles has on the environment; this is the term used to demonstrate how long something must travel to reach you. The less petrol used for land vehicles or kerosene used for running planes- the better. The store, located on…

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Clean Air Eastbourne

Tweet It may come as a surprise to you that Eastbourne is one of the most polluted cities in Britain. A report from the World Health Organization revealed that this city contains levels of lethal particulates much higher than what is considered ‘healthy’ air. Tiny particles known as particulate matter (PM 2.5’s) shouldn’t be more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter- but Eastbourne as a whole, has exceeded that. Along with Southhampton and London, we inhale toxic air that has 50% more particulates than the legal levels. Clean Air Eastbourne…

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