CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
Jan 13, 2019
410.40 ppm
1 year ago
408.00 ppm
10 years ago
387.14 ppm
280      ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues. We believe that we must end our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a low carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life.

SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives. Our Blewbury Energy Initiative website includes information on the scientific background to climate impacts, renewable energy and measures we can all take to help lower our own carbon footprints.

Forthcoming events

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Thermal imaging – February 2019

Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping.
Or have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective?

Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 200 homes in Blewbury.

If you’d like your home thermally imaged by SB volunteers in February, just let us know. This service is FREE.
Email us at or phone Jo Lakeland (850490).

‘Climate for electric cars?’

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A talk by Anthony Simpson, at Blewbury Manor Barn, Monday 25 February, 8.00 pm

With concerns in our towns and cities about air quality, as well as the growing threat of climate change, the shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles has started. Are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out about the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) will be at the Post Office in January, or on the door (if not sold out).

We have a substantial programme of activities in and around the village. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

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Newsletter 29 – December 2018

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

The featured long article describes how all the classes at Blewbury Primary School have been learning about sustainability and how to put it into action. In addition to Sustainable Blewbury news, including a talk in February on electric cars, there are also shorter items on a Chinese megacity that now has all of its 16,000 buses fully electric, a sharp increase in global carbon emissions in 2018, how the National Trust is trying to reduce plastic waste on its properties, and the rapid rise in human population.

Earlier newsletters are listed with their contents on our newsletters page.

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Blewbury buses

The current, reduced timetable is available here; note that the first two and last two buses of the day no longer run. There is a note on the situation in a recent newsletter.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.

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Blewbury wildlife videos

Have a look at the trial version of our Blewbury wildlife map. We’ve used the camera traps we bought for Blewbury Primary School to record videos at three locations in the village – each star on the map has clip(s) showing one type of animal.

We the videos are colour during daylight hours, and black and white infrared images at night.

Click on these links to find out:

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Our activity is organised around five main themes:

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.


The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings and to encourage the use of renewable energy resources. The aim is to use much less coal, oil and gas to help the global environment.

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment and Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme aims to raise awareness and promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, and village fabric.

Pentagram of themes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.