This process is now repeating itself, says Watts. Orkney is leading Britain’s drive toward a carbon-free future. And the critical, vital ingredient in this revolution has been the manner in which islanders have turned the energy of the winds into a reliable source of power. Low-lying and exposed to both the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, Orkney is battered by winds and gales throughout the year. Rainstorms sweep the islands with unbridled savagery, tear down sheds, rip slates from roofs, and can take out metres of coastline in a night. You don’t need an umbrella here, you need a riot shield, one islander told Watts, who has been a regular visitor to Orkney for the past decade. … [Read more...] about How Orkney leads the way for sustainable energy
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The revelation flies in the face of continued warnings from environmental groups and campaigners about the desperate state of the planet, and comes as Malaysia turns back containers filled with plastic from the world's richest nations declaring it will not become a global dumping ground. … [Read more...] about The world is using more than 100 billion tonnes of natural resources per year for the first time, while global recycling has FALLEN
The two main sources of low-carbon energy are renewables – which includes categories such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass and marine energy – and nuclear. In terms of total primary energy supply (i.e. raw energy created), data for 2008 suggest that fossil fuels provided around 85%, nuclear contributed around 2% and renewables provided around 13%. The renewables contribution breaks down by technology as follows: … [Read more...] about Why do we need low-carbon energy – and how much is currently produced?
DAVOS: IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday said growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary and she expects the momentum to improve going ahead. Speaking at the WEF 2020 in Davos, she also said the world appears a better place in January 2020 compared to what it was when IMF announced its World Economic Outlook in October 2019. She said the factors driving this positive momentum include receding trade tension after the US-China first phase trade deal and synchronised tax cuts, among others. She, however, said a growth rate of 3.3 per cent is not fantastic for the world economy. "It is still sluggish growth. We want fiscal policies to be more aggressive and we want structural reforms and more dynamism," the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. On emerging markets, she said they are also moving forward. "We had a downgrade in one large market India but we believe that's temporary. We expect momentum to improve further going ahead. There are … [Read more...] about Growth slowdown in India temporary, expect momentum to improve going ahead: IMF chief
“It is not our job to determine the shoe running market for everybody. If people want to run a marathon in Vaporflys or any other shoe, it’s not our job to stop them. But if you want a ratified record, then you are classified as elite and have to abide by the rules.” When asked about the review and a possible change of rules, Nike said: “We respect the IAAF (now World Athletics) and the spirit of their rules, and we do not create any running shoes that return more energy than the runner expends.” … [Read more...] about Nike’s Vaporfly is Helping Records Tumble and Athletics Ruling Bodies Are Not Happy