Scotland to get its first deep geothermal heating system providing cheap renewable energy | The Independent. 1/75 16 September 2017 An armed police officer patrols in Horse Guards Parade in London. An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Dover in connection with yesterday's terror attack on Parsons Green station in which 30 people were injured. The UK terror threat level has been raised to 'critical' Jack Taylor/Getty Images 2/75 13 September 2017 Demonstrators hold banners during a protest to lobby MPs to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, after Brexit, outside the Houses of Parliament Tolga Akmen/AFP 3/75 12 September 2017 Rupert van der Werff, Summer Place Auctions' Natural History specialist, moves a one-year-old baby mammoth skeleton at Summers Place Auctions on September 12, 2017 in Billingshurst.
Peebles set for share of £470k energy pilot (From Peeblesshire News) PEEBLES is set to go greener in a pilot scheme following £470,000 in funding from the Scottish Government. Scottish Borders Council is one of 15 local authorities who will use the funding from Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) to create a heat and energy efficiency strategy for the town. The funding will increase the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Peebles, plus expand renewable heat and address fuel poverty across the region. Across Scotland, councils will receive a slice of £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP (pictured), said: “The SEEP pilot programme is testing new approaches to improving energy efficiency and new ways of working with the public sector. Footsteps power lights on London's smart street.
China is now getting its power from the largest floating solar farm on Earth | indy100. Donald Trump's Paris Agreement Announcement And 11 Times It Made No Sense | HuffPost UK. Teaching_strategies. Natural Hazards• ELI Natural Hazards category Plate tectonicsPlate tectonics - whole concept:-• Partial melting - simple process, huge global impact (ELI+)• Partial melting model and real rock (ELI+)• Plate riding (ELI+)• Plate tectonics through the window (ELI+)• Plate margins and movement by hand Evidence and explanation for the theory:-• Continental jigsaw puzzle (ELI+)• Earth time jigsaw puzzle• Geobattleships (ELI+)• Wegener’s ‘Continental drift’ meets Wilson’s ‘Plate tectonics’ (ELI+)• Did the continents move for you? (ELI+) Mechanism:-• Bouncing, bending, breaking• Mantle plume in a beaker (ELI+)• What drives the plates?
Constructive or divergent plate margins:-• Mantle plume in a beaker (ELI+)• Magnetic stripes (ELI+)• Model a spreading ocean offset by transform faults (ELI+)• Continental split - the opening of the Atlantic Ocean Resources• Fracking: Recipe for the perfect fracking fluid• Make your own oil and gas reservoir• Trapped! Volcanoes• Blow up your own volcano! Explicit cookie consent. RAED KHADER, a Jordanian driver, has an alarming habit of thumbing his mobile phone while at the wheel—albeit on a straight road cutting across the desert. But after scrolling back through almost two years of photos, he finds a picture that tickles him: of camels against a sandy backdrop. Today that same spot outside Ma’an, a poverty-stricken city in south Jordan, is crawling with workers in the final stages of installing five square kilometres (almost two square miles) of solar panels.
He is enraptured by the photovoltaic (PV) modules that shimmer in the desert sunshine. “It’s amazing. I love it. The 160-megawatt (MW) solar park, which is scheduled to open this summer, will mark the launch of Jordan’s effort to reduce its fossil-fuel imports, which generated 96% of its energy last year and cost about 10% of GDP. The small steps sanctioned by Jordan’s cautious bureaucracy pale in comparison with the growth of solar energy in some other countries. India is determined to keep up. Earth Under Water in Next 20 Years - Full Documentary. Debating the link between emissions and population. There are those who perceive any effort to limit population growth as "population control.
" This is a term that chillingly evokes coercive state intervention to control individual reproductive behavior. Population control programs have rarely been implemented without exacting unacceptable ethical costs. But there's a big difference between coercive state-led population control programs and efforts to slow rapid population growth. Population control programs target the actions of individuals. Efforts to slow the population growth rate, meanwhile, work within existing societal contexts and seek to produce voluntary change. Population size and composition are among the key drivers of climate change. Regions with the heaviest carbon footprints are experiencing slower population growth than other regions. Sub-Saharan Africa's carbon footprint is light.
African policy makers do care about the region’s rapid rate of population growth—but climate change is by no means the top reason why. Bhutan most ‘carbon negative’ country in the world – | Lonely Planet. At this week’s Paris Climate Change Conference an underrated and unlikely champion of combating climate change was the little Himalayan nation of Bhutan. Bhutan pledged to reforest its land of which two-thirds is already covered by forests. Bhutan is in fact already considered the world leading ‘carbon negative’ country, as it sucks up three times the CO2 emissions that the 700,000 population produces, turning the country into a carbon sink according to the the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s(ECUI) ‘carbon comparator’ tool.
In 2014 Bhutan broke a world record for trees planted in one day – 50,000 – and its commitment to reforestation is set to break new records. However, large portions of the country still lack access to the electricity grid. Other risks for Bhutan come in the form of the mountain glaciers that have been retreating and could have a potentially disastrous effect on the country.
Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy | Environment. As the world gathers in Paris for the daunting task of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, one small country on the other side of the Atlantic is making that transition look childishly simple and affordable. In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, according to the country’s head of climate change policy, Ramón Méndez. In fact, he says that now that renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts. It was a very different story just 15 years ago. Now the biggest item on import balance sheet is wind turbines, which fill the country’s ports on their way to installation. Biomass and solar power have also been ramped up.
Now, it is being recognised for progress on decarbonising its economy. This is not the only benefit for the economy. Explicit cookie consent. Renewable energy outstrips coal for first time in UK electricity mix | Environment. Renewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday. The revelation of the surge in wind, solar and bioenergy to a record 25% comes in a week when the government has been heavily criticised by business leaders and Al Gore for cutting support for clean energy. The high performance of renewable electricity between April and June, the latest period data is available for, was due to both more wind and sun and more turbines and solar panels having been installed, compared to the same period the year before, when renewables contributed 16.4% of electricity.
Gas-fired power stations provided the most electricity - 30% - with renewables second. Nuclear power was third with 21.5% and coal - the most polluting fuel - fell back to fourth, with 20.5%. Ageing coal and nuclear plants have been closing in recent years, while renewable energy has been rapidly rolling out. Renewables growth. How much fossil fuel has been used in your lifetime? | Environment. Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! Damming Tibet: China's destruction of Tibet's rivers, environment and people. The wild yak has gone the way of the bison in 19th-century America. Similar to native American peoples like the Blackfoot Indians, Tibetan nomads have become beggars in their own land, with their culture decimated by the Chinese policy of resettlement. Sometimes you just fall right into a story. In late 2005, I returned to Tibet intent on updating my guidebook to the troubled region, and to check out the completion of the new railway linking China with Tibet for the first time.
The new Golmud-Lhasa line was completed at a cost of over US$4 billion, more than the entire budget spent in Tibet on education and healthcare since the Chinese invasion in 1950. This railway was not built for philanthropic purposes. My railway investigation got derailed when, out of curiosity, I decided to take a one-day rafting trip from Lhasa. I'd never heard of major dam-building in Tibet. I took as much undercover video footage as I could on this trip not knowing what I would do with it, but shooting anyway. During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater. James Osborn pours a mystery concoction into water at a Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting in March 2015. Opposition to a proposal to dump out-of-state fracking wastewater in Nebraska went viral over the weekend, after a community group posted a video of a man offering chemical-laden water to a Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
The commission was hearing public comment on a Terex Energy Corp. application to inject up to 10,000 gallons per day of wastewater from fracking in Colorado and Wyoming into an old oil well on a ranch in Sioux County, in the northwest corner of Nebraska. In the video, James Osborn pours three cups of water for the commissioners, then pours a brown liquid into each cup, asking them, “Would you drink it?” Watch the video by Bold Nebraskahere: During hydraulic fracturing (fracking), large amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, is injected underground to crack shale rock and release pockets of oil or natural gas. Whose renewable future? -- New Internationalist. In January this year, the energy researcher Jeremy Leggett made a bold claim.
He told the Guardian newspaper that we should expect a major oil firm to turn its back on fossil fuels soon and shift to renewable energy. ‘One of the oil companies will break ranks,’ he said, ‘and this time it is going to stick.’ Leggett points to the collapsed oil price, the falling costs of renewable-energy generation and potential government action on climate change as key factors that could persuade an oil corporation to jump ship. His comments were excitedly shared online by anti-fossil fuel campaigners.
But hang on a minute. Would this really be good news? To answer this question, we don’t need to look far. A renewables revolution? 2014 felt like a big step forward for renewables. These could be early steps towards a better energy future. How much the retail price of solar electricity per KWh in the US has dropped since 1980. What are we up against? Let’s not kid ourselves. It could go either way. Weak Kariba Dam walls threaten Zambia's energy security - BBC News. Belo Monte, Brazil: The tribes living in the shadow of a megadam | Environment. By the Great Bend of the Xingu river in the depths of Amazonia, the Juruna tribe is being drowned by what seems at first sight to be a flood of TV game-show prizes.
There’s a shiny new motorboat moored by the old canoe, the latest four-wheel drive parked beside a chicken coop, satellite dishes outside every home and wide-screen plasma TVs inside. But these are not the spoils of victory. They are the consolations for defeat in an existential battle against Brazil’s biggest engineering project, the Belo Monte dam. For three decades, the Juruna have been in the vanguard of the fight against the hydroelectric plant – the world’s fourth biggest – which is being built on the edge of their territory in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The community have marched, lobbied, seized hostages, burned buses and taken to their canoes to try to stop the project. Next August, the Xingu river will be closed by a 5km-wide dam. Belo Monte is already an undeniable fact. Explicit cookie consent. THE oil price has fallen by more than 40% since June, when it was $115 a barrel.
It is now below $70. This comes after nearly five years of stability. At a meeting in Vienna on November 27th the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which controls nearly 40% of the world market, failed to reach agreement on production curbs, sending the price tumbling. Also hard hit are oil-exporting countries such as Russia (where the rouble has hit record lows), Nigeria, Iran and Venezuela.
The oil price is partly determined by actual supply and demand, and partly by expectation. Four things are now affecting the picture. The main effect of this is on the riskiest and most vulnerable bits of the oil industry. Dig deeper:The economics of oil have changed (Dec 2014)Will falling oil prices curb America's shale boom? Here's a taste of rewards for No - mass fracking. Fellow Scots should be aware that even now Westminster is auctioning off licenses to frack across the Central Belt of Scotland.
If you don't think that's any cause for concern, read this. While Better Together ask Scotland not to break the UK apart most people in Scotland are totally unaware that the Westminster government plans to break Scotland apart as they are currently inviting shale oil and gas companies to frack the Central Belt of Scotland. According to the Energy Global website, last week, “Scotland is on the verge of an onshore oil and gas exploration boom” as Cuadrilla, Halliburton and three other large companies battle it out to get their hands on DECC exploration licenses in Scotland. A quick look on the the Department Of Energy & Climate Change website confirmed “On the 28th July 2014, the Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock, invited applications for Licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round.
Applications for Licences will be accepted up to 2.00pm on the 28th October 2014. " “The oil is not gone”: 14 species still suffering from the Gulf spill. Can Coal Ever Be Clean? Scotland to create 'buffer zones' for shale gas and onshore oil extraction. Explicit cookie consent. Norway's 'green battery' hydro plan for Europe. World must wake up to China's energy revolution. Unicorn4275.sharedby. Unicorn4275.sharedby.