Author Archives: Harvey Robinson
Author Archives: Harvey Robinson
Traveling is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It helps your physical and mental health, with many travelers saying that it’s also excellent for the soul.
Sure, there are some stressful and worrying moments. But overall, when you get out on the road and visit new countries you gain in far more ways. This isn’t about just international travel, either. Traveling your own country and being a tourist in your own town can be so beneficially at the same time.
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Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in the UK for the first time.
National Grid reported that, on Wednesday lunchtime, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy.
Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the UK.
Wednesday lunchtime was perfect for renewables – sunny and windy at the same time.
Records for wind power are being set across Northern Europe.
The National Grid, the body that owns and manages the power supply around the UK, said in a tweet: “For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”
On Tuesday, a tenth of the UK’s power was coming from offshore wind farms – a newcomer on the energy scene whose costs have plummeted far faster than expected.
So much power was being generated by wind turbines, in fact, that prices fell to a tenth of their normal level.
Environmentalists will salute this new record as a milestone towards the low carbon economy.
Critics of renewable energy sources will point to the disruption renewables cause to the established energy system.
At the time of Wednesday’s record, 1% of demand was met by storage; this will have to increase hugely as the UK moves towards a low-carbon electricity system.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40198567
(CNN) Google has released designs for a new 11-story, 1 million-square-foot headquarters in London near King’s Cross railway station, complete with a sprawling, landscaped rooftop garden.
Tiny Tilos, in the Dodecanese, is a pioneering nature reserve. Now, Greeces green island is set to be powered by renewable energy
Youre more likely to run into friendly partridges, rare orchids and endangered eagles than people as you trek around Tilos. The entire Dodecanese island is a nature reserve, with more than 150 species of resident and migratory birds, over 650 plant varieties, and a permanent population hovering around 500. Tilos owes its extraordinary biodiversity to a network of underground springs that feed five wetlands but also to the late mayor, Tassos Aliferis, a committed environmentalist who earned Tilos its reputation as Greeces green island.
Aliferis banned hunting in 1993. (He also conducted the first same-sex marriages in Greece in 2008 long before they became legal in 2015.) The current mayor, Maria Kamma, continues to champion sustainable development, and human rights. She has extended an open invitation to refugee families to settle on Tilos, working with the NGO SolidarityNow and the UNHCR to establish sheltered accommodation, language classes and mentoring schemes to help asylum-seekers set up organic farming businesses in partnership with locals.
We want to revive traditions that were dying out due to a dwindling population, like making cheese and gathering medicinal herbs, says Kamma. By integrating refugees, we can boost the local economy and encourage eco-tourism.
Soon Tilos could become even greener: its set to be the first island in the Mediterranean powered by wind and solar energy. The island currently relies on oil-based electricity from neighbouring Kos, via a submarine cable that is vulnerable to faults. Power cuts are frequent. By installing a single wind turbine and small photovoltaic park, Tilos is creating a hybrid micro-grid that will generate and store energy. Installation is under way and an 18-month pilot begins in September, as part of a 15m project largely funded by the European commission. Eventually, Tilos could export excess power to Kos, and the goal is to roll out similar projects on other small islands in Europe.
As our world gets more and more crowded, national parks and monuments become more and more important. They’re the last refuge of nature, a place where people can see the world as it was thousands or even millions of years ago. But, naturally, people often take their visits as an opportunity to vandalize, damage, and harm the very areas we’re trying to protect.
Every state has beauty and splendor that natives are ready to boast to others about.
That’s not what we’re talking about here today.
No, Mandatory picked out the most “What the heck?!?” things from each and every state, so today we’re talking abouta building that looks likethe male anatomy, nuns, and a giant toilet you can throw your family into.
What more could you ask for?
Since the rollout of Trump’s Muslim ban, hotels, airlines, and destinations are already losing millions as international travelers avoid the United States. But by leaving the Paris agreement, under which signatories agree to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius, the administration is ensuring that the tourism industry of 2100 will boom like never before!
President Trump may be scaring away visitors now, but America will look like a completely different country by then. A mere 76-80 years after Trump is gone, America will deliver a whole new climate change-affected experience for the adventurous tourist to enjoy!
We might be too lazy to change the slogans, but nature is probably going to change the views a whole lot.
Get pumped. Here’s what the rebrand might look like:
Without the concerted effort to curb carbon emissions and reduce temperature rise mandated by the Paris Agreement, the ensuing six- to 10-foot sea level rise by 2100 would probably sink much of the Florida city.
On the plus side, more party yachts and deep sea fishing!
The park’s signature glaciers have already shrunk 40% over the past 50 years, and the more global temperature rises, the more that trend is expected to accelerate.
Why haul your family all the way to Montana for some boring millennia-old ice sheets when you could travel thousands of miles to see … just some regular mountains!
Ocean warming has already bleached 91% of the Great Barrier Reef. And if it can happen in Australia, there’s no reason why it couldn’t happen here too.
Turns out, it already is down in the Florida Keys! And more to come as the temperature rises!
We’re #1! We’re #1!
The famous Maryland/Virginia horse sanctuary is one of many eastern barrier islands that could be doomed by rising sea levels. Every year, the wild herd swims from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, a tourist event that draws 50,000 people to the small island community.
If sea levels continue rising, the ponies might have to adjust to longer swims but the island’s kayaking industry will boom!
A 2015 Kansas State University study found that wheat production will likely decline 6% for every degree Celsius of temperature rise.
With more of the state’s fertile farmland decaying into hazy, spooky wastelands, Halloween travel to the state is sure to explode!
Along with the rest of southern Florida, a double-digit sea level rise could reduce President Trump’s favorite play place to damp, moldy rubble.
If ruined monuments to civilizational hubris rake in the bucks in Greece and Rome, imagine how well they’ll do in a country that really knows how to cash in!
Which means if you like America as is, there’s still time to try to preserve it for your kids and grandkids.
If you’re represented by Sen. Lindsay Graham, Rep. Vern Buchanan, or any of the other Republican elected officials who support staying in the agreement, call them and tell them to keep doing what they’re doing.
Even if the agreement goes down, all won’t be lost right away. Here’s some hopeful reading that describes the best-case scenario to a Paris Agreement-less U.S. a massive grassroots backlash that leads to more renewable energy innovation and a greener future. And cities and states are stepping in to enact tougher emissions rules where the federal government is stepping back.
But in the meantime, get calling.
The stakes are too high to hope for the best.
Our wallets, though, arent entirely thrilled about the idea of dishing out cash to satisfy those glorious summer feels.
When you and bae are simply broke AF, the struggle can be all too real.
But, date night doesnt have to cost a fortune, and odds are, youll have a great time with your main squeeze no matter what youre doing. Embrace those summer vibes and let the sparks fly, without breaking the bank.
Here are 11 fun summer date ideas for every couple whos broke.
Set up a picnic blanket or comfy outdoor chairs, and watchthe sun set together before you turn on your movie. Dont forget the popcorn and smores, too!
Lay out at your go-to favorite spot together, or choose a beautiful park or garden neither of you have been to before.
Bae can surprise you with a delightful main course, and you can whip up something delicious for dessert. Chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, anyone?
Whether youre whipping up a couple of yummy pizzas, or putting together some sushi rolls, the best part is that youre working together to create something awesome (and delicious).
Soak up the exquisite art, dance to the live music, and let the good times roll.
If you have dogs at home, feel free to bring the fur babies along with you. Dont forget to pack some snacks and, of course, several pouches of wine to toast when you reach the top.
This one never gets old, and its just as romantic every damn time.
If either you or your honey have a surfboard or paddle board, go to your favorite beach, chill out, and shred up the waves for the day.
Youll feel amazing experiencing this together. And, who knows, maybe youll end up adopting a sweet puppy in need of a forever home.
If youre based in New York City, of course, this is a perfect option. And if you call the West Coast home, bike ride or walk over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Explore spots youve never been before in your city, and have fun getting lost together.
Revert back to your childhood, indulge in some cotton candy, and hit up the ferris wheel. Real talk: We all low-key still love the carnival.
While the local population dwindles, passengers from giant cruise ships continue to flood into La Serenissima. So how are locals trying to save the city?
A monster cruise ship meets a giant octopus and crashes into the Rialto bridge, provoking a tsunami. Its an apocalyptic vision of Venice. The message of Stop the Madness, Philip Colberts pop-art-with-a-purpose at the current Venice Biennale, is echoed by Lorenzo Quinns Support, a large-scale installation of giant hands reaching out of the Grand Canal to prop up the crumbling Palazzo Sagredo.
Venices mayor Luigi Brugnaro could also do with a helping hand. Under-populated and over-touristed, Venice is facing threats from all sides. Its status as a world heritage site is slowly sinking, with Unesco threatening to slap the city on its in-danger list, a fate normally reserved for war-ravaged ruins, under-funded third world sites and, er, Liverpool. Unescos concerns about cruise ships, mass tourism and damage to the fragile lagoon ecosystem have been met with empty promises but no concrete proposals, according to Italia Nostra, the countrys influential heritage body.
For outsiders, megaships are the biggest blight, symptomatic of the vested interests that paralyse Venetian decision-making. For Jonathan Keates, chairman of Venice in Peril, the cruise ships are an abomination whose size threatens the dimensions of the city. Indeed, the World Monument Fund put Venice on its watch list in 2014 precisely because large-scale cruising is pushing the city to an environmental tipping point and undermining quality of life for its citizens.
Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast.
That’s the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook for how fuel and electricity markets will evolve by 2040. The research group estimated solar already rivals the cost of new coal power plants in Germany and the U.S. and by 2021 will do so in quick-growing markets such as China and India.
The scenario suggests green energy is taking root more quickly than most experts anticipate. It would mean that global carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels may decline after 2026, a contrast with the International Energy Agency’s central forecast, which sees emissions rising steadily for decades to come.
“Costs of new energy technologies are falling in a way that it’s more a matter of when than if,” said Seb Henbest, a researcher at BNEF in London and lead author of the report.
The report also found that through 2040:
BNEF’s conclusions about renewables and their impact on fossil fuels are most dramatic. Electricity from photovoltaic panels costs almost a quarter of what it did in 2009 and is likely to fall another 66 percent by 2040. Onshore wind, which has dropped 30 percent in price in the past eight years, will fall another 47 percent by the end of BNEF’s forecast horizon.
That means even in places like China and India, which are rapidly installing coal plants, solar will start providing cheaper electricity as soon as the early 2020s.
“These tipping points are all happening earlier and we just can’t deny that this technology is getting cheaper than we previously thought,” said Henbest.
Coal will be the biggest victim, with 369 gigawatts of projects standing to be cancelled, according to BNEF. That’s about the entire generation capacity of Germany and Brazil combined.
Capacity of coal will plunge even in the U.S., where President Donald Trump is seeking to stimulate fossil fuels. BNEF expects the nation’s coal-power capacity in 2040 will be about half of what it is now after older plants come offline and are replaced by cheaper and less-polluting sources such as gas and renewables.
In Europe, capacity will fall by 87 percent as environmental laws boost the cost of burning fossil fuels. BNEF expects the world’s hunger for coal to abate starting around 2026 as governments work to reduce emissions in step with promises under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“Beyond the term of a president, Donald Trump can’t change the structure of the global energy sector single-handedly,” said Henbest.
All told, the growth of zero-emission energy technologies means the industry will tackle pollution faster than generally accepted. While that will slow the pace of global warming, another $5.3 trillion of investment would be needed to bring enough generation capacity to keep temperature increases by the end of the century to a manageable 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the report said.
The data suggest wind and solar are quickly becoming major sources of electricity, brushing aside perceptions that they’re too expensive to rival traditional fuels.
By 2040, wind and solar will make up almost half of the world’s installed generation capacity, up from just 12 percent now, and account for 34 percent of all the power generated, compared with 5 percent at the moment, BNEF concluded.