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January 16, 2020 02:33 AM PST

In this episode we chat about The School Librarian Awards which are run by SLA. Claire goes through the next step and what it means to be long-listed.

Reviews begin at 6.23 - 'Noah Can't Even' by Simon James Green, 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris, 'Looking at the Stars' by Lewis Hine, 'In Real Life' by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.

As always follow us on twitter @lounge_learning

January 09, 2020 06:05 AM PST

In this episode we chat about our competition the Reading Relay and then we review our Christmas reads! This ep is a bit longer today due to the volumes we read over the break.

Reviews begin at 5.20 - 'One would think the deep' by Claire Zorn, 'Chessboxer' by Stephen Davies, 'Large expanse of sea' by Tahereh Mafi, 'Night of the party' by Tracey Mathias, 'The surface breaks' by Louise O'Neill, 'The Harm Tree' by Rose Edwards, 'DOGS' by M.A Bennett and 'Noah can't even' by Simon James Green.

As always follow us on twitter @lounge_learning

December 12, 2019 01:13 AM PST

In this episode we discuss the new Booktrust pack including Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson, Looking at the Stars by Lewis Hine, Lightening Mary by Anthea Simmons, Ghost by Jason Reynolds and The Dog Runner by Bren Macdibble.

We then let you know which books we've chosen to be our Christmas reads! From 5 mins - Eat Dirt by Goldy Moldavsky, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards, Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill, Chessboxer by Stephen Davies, One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn and Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias.

Lounging with books will be back in the New Year. Until then Merry Christmas and don't forget to catch up on any episodes you might have missed. See you on twitter @lounge_learning.

December 05, 2019 02:42 AM PST

In this episode we chat about all the fun little things we have been up to in the past week. Including, ESU MACE competition, our own debate-off, Ultimate Manga Quiz, Christmas raffle, scrabble and more!

We then review what we have been reading. Eat Dirt by Goldy Moldavsky (5.44) and Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu (9 mins)

Remember to follow us @lounge_learning and if you want The Ultimate Manga Quiz just let us know!

November 28, 2019 01:18 AM PST

In this episode we chat about our new display The Race To 10 Booking Street. To get students more involved in politics we have started a campaign but with books. 11 lucky authors have been battling it out.

After we review what we have been reading (6 mins) - Eat Dirt by Goldy Moldavsky, Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie, The Gentleman's Guide to vice and Virtue by McKenzie Lee, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

As always don't forget to follow us on twitter @lounge_learning.

November 25, 2019 04:38 AM PST

In this podcast Miss Jones and Ms Marris discuss the article which can be found on https://www.issuesonline.co.uk -> Net-zero – the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming.The article explains the actions the UK will take to Combat Climate Change. We then discuss with students (5 mins) what they think of Climate Change and how we can help get to net-zero.

"This report responds to a request from the Governments of the UK, Wales and Scotland, asking the Committee to reassess the UK’s long-term emissions targets. Our new emissions scenarios draw on ten new research projects, three expert advisory groups, and reviews of the work of the IPCC and others.

The conclusions are supported by detailed analysis published in the Net Zero Technical Report that has been carried out for each sector of the economy, plus consideration of F-gas emissions and greenhouse gas removals.

The report’s key findings are that:

The Committee on Climate Change recommends a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

In Scotland, we recommend a net-zero date of 2045, reflecting Scotland’s greater relative capacity to remove emissions than the UK as a whole.
In Wales, we recommend a 95% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
A net-zero GHG target for 2050 will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that Parliament accepted when it legislated the existing 2050 target for an 80% reduction from 1990.

However, this is only possible if clear, stable and well-designed policies to reduce emissions further are introduced across the economy without delay. Current policy is insufficient for even the existing targets.

How can the UK reach net-zero GHGs?
Scenarios for UK net-zero GHGs in 2050
It is impossible to predict the exact mix of technologies and behaviours that will best meet the challenge of reaching net-zero GHG emissions, but our analysis in this report gives an improved understanding of what a sensible mix might look like. Including:

Resource and energy efficiency that reduce demand for energy across the economy. Without these measures the required amounts of low-carbon power, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) would be much higher. In many, though not all, cases they reduce overall costs.

Some societal choices that lead to a lower demand for carbon-intensive activities, for example an acceleration in the shift towards healthier diets with reduced consumption of beef, lamb and dairy products.

Extensive electrification, particularly of transport and heating, supported by a major expansion of renewable and other low-carbon power generation. The scenarios involve around a doubling of electricity demand, with all power produced from low-carbon sources (compared to 50% today). That could for example require 75 GW of offshore wind in 2050, compared to 8 GW today and 30 GW targeted by the Government’s sector deal by 2030. 75 GW of offshore wind would require up to 7,500 turbines and could fit within 1–2% of the UK seabed, comparable to the area of sites already leased for wind projects by the Crown Estate.

Development of a hydrogen economy to service demands for some industrial processes, for energy-dense applications in long-distance HGVs and ships, and for electricity and heating in peak periods. By 2050, a new low-carbon industry is needed with UK hydrogen production capacity of comparable size to the UK’s current fleet of gas-fired power stations.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) in industry, with bioenergy (for GHG removal from the atmosphere), and very likely for hydrogen and electricity production. CCS is a necessity not an option. The scenarios involve aggregate annual capture and storage of 75–175 MtCO₂ in 2050, which would require a major CO₂ transport and storage infrastructure servicing at least five clusters and with some CO₂ transported by ships or heavy goods vehicles.

Changes in the way we farm and use our land to put much more emphasis on carbon sequestration and biomass production. Enabled by healthier diets and reductions in food waste, our scenarios involve a fifth of UK agricultural land shifting to tree planting, energy crops and peatland restoration.

Taken together, these measures would reduce UK emissions by 95–96% from 1990 to 2050. Tackling the remaining 4–5% would require some use of options that currently appear more speculative. That could involve greater shifts in diet and land use alongside more limited aviation demand growth, a large contribution from emerging technologies to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere (e.g. ‘direct air capture’), or successful development of a major supply of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels (e.g. produced from algae or renewable power).

The scenarios involve additional reductions in the UK’s consumption emissions as they include measures like resource efficiency that cut emissions from production overseas as well as in the UK. However, consumption emissions will only reach net-zero once the rest of the world’s territorial emissions are also reduced to net-zero. At this point the UK can expect to pay slightly more to cover the costs of low-carbon production of the goods we import.

The above information is reprinted with kind permission from Committee on Climate Change."

Bibliography
Committee on Climate Change (2019). Net-zero – the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, Issues:Climate Change 357, pp.36-37.

Have your say in the comments below, during tutor time or get in touch via our twitter @lounge_learning.

Don't forget to visit https://www.issuesonline.co.uk to discover more on the topic or read the book whilst in the Learning Lounge.

November 21, 2019 01:08 AM PST

In this episode we are joined by Alexandra Sheppard. Alexandra is the author of 'Oh My Gods'. She tells us how she got into writing for teens, her time in advertising and her new projects. She then reviews what she's reading right now 'Slay' by Brittany Morris. Don't forget to follow us on twitter @Lounge_learning and Alexandra @alexsheppard

November 14, 2019 01:43 AM PST

In this episode we are joined by Sufiya Ahmed. Sufiya is the author of 'Secrets of the Henna Girl'. She tells us how she got into writing for teens, her time in parliament and her new projects with scholastic.

She then reviews what she's reading right now 'The Star Outside My Window' by Onjali Q Rauf.

Don't forget to follow us on twitter @Lounge_learning and Sufiya @sufiyaahmed

November 07, 2019 01:07 AM PST

In this weeks episode, we chat with college student and student librarian Emma Redgate. This year Emma was selected to take part in the Rickshaw Challenge. Every year the BBC One Show hosts the Rickshaw challenge to raise awareness and help raise money for Children In Need.

Emma tells us about her journey and how she applied to take part. It's an inspirational interview you simply cannot miss! She then reviews the books she has just finished 'Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue' by Mackenzi Lee and 'Meat Market' by Juno Dawson.

Don't forget to catch Emma's story on BBC iplayer and follow the Rickshaw Challenge!

For more information head over to the information page https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/shows/the-rickshaw-challenge-2019/

and as always don't forget to follow us on twitter @lounge_learning.

October 24, 2019 03:01 AM PDT

Due to personal circumstances Alexandra Sheppard rescheduled her visit with us to the 14th of November. However, we still have loads to talk about!

Claire chats about her day at CILIP and all the wonderful people she met at the CILIP School Libraries Group Training Day.

Then we review the books we have been reading (8 mins):'Encounters' by Jason Wallace, 'Spinning' by Tillie Walden and 'Secrets Of The Henna Girl' by Sufiya Ahmed.

Next week there won't be any podcast as we are on half-term but don't worry when we get back we will have loads of great content for you! Starting off with an interview!

As always join in the fun on our twitter @Lounge_Learning

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