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Earth From Space HD 1080p / Nova

The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.

 

Alternative Energy in Ireland

Photo by Jeff Schmaltz – NASA Earth Observatory. It is easy to see from this true-colour image why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. Intense green vegetation, primarily grassland, covers most of the country except for the exposed rock on mountaintops. Ireland owes its greenness to moderate temperatures and moist air. The Atlantic Ocean, particularly the warm currents in the North Atlantic Drift, gives the country a more temperate climate than most others at the same latitude.

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The Irish are currently pursuing energy independence and the further development of their robust economy through the implementation of research and development into alternative energy sources.

Ballywater_WindFarmBallywater WindFarm. Looking Northwestward out over the salt marsh at the back of Morriscastle caravan park in Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford at the 42 MW 21 turbine wind farm at Ballywater close to Cahore Point and lying between the villages of Ballygarret to the North and Kilmuckridge to the South. Taken on afternoon of Sunday 6th May 2007.

At the time of this writing, nearly 90% of Ireland’s energy needs are met through importation—the highest level of foreign product dependence in the nation’s entire history. This is a very precarious situation to be in, and the need for developing alternative energy sources in Ireland is sharply perceived. Ireland also seeks to conserve and rejuvenate its naturally beautiful environment and to clean up its atmosphere through the implementation of alternative energy supplies. The European Union has mandated a reduction in sulphuric and nitric oxide emissions for all member nations. Green energy is needed to meet these objectives. Hydroelectric power has been utilized in Ireland in some areas since the 1930s and has been very effective; however, more of it needs to be installed. Ireland also needs to harness the wave power of the Atlantic Ocean, which on its west coast is a potential energy supply that the nation has in great store.

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Wind turbines on Inishmaan, photo by Towel401.

Ireland actually has the potential to become an energy exporter, rather than a nation so heavily dependent on energy importation. This energy potential resides in Ireland’s substantial wind, ocean wave, and biomass-producing alternative energy potentials. Ireland could become a supplier of ocean wave-produced electricity and biomass-fueled energy to continental Europe and, as they say, “make a killing”. At the present time, Ireland is most closely focused on reaching the point where it can produce 15% of the nation’s electricity through wind farms, which the government has set as a national objective to be reached by 2010. But universities, research institutes, and government personnel in Ireland have been saying that the development of ocean wave energy technology would be a true driving force for the nation’s economy and one which would greatly help to make Ireland energy independent. A test site for developing wave ocean energy has been established in Ireland, less than two miles off the coast of An Spideal in County Galway Bay. This experimental ocean wave harnessing site is known as “Wavebob”. The most energetic waves in the world are located off the West coast of Ireland, says Ireland’s Marine Institute CEO Dr. Peter Heffernan. The technology to harness the power of the ocean is only just emerging and Ireland has the chance to become a market leader in this sector. David Taylor, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Initiative,or SEI, tells us that SEI is committed to innovation in the renewable energy sector. Wave energy is a promising new renewable energy resource which could one day make a significant contribution to Ireland’s electricity generation mix thereby further reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Padraig Walshe, the president of the Irish Farmers Association, tells us that with the closure of the sugar beet industry, an increasing amount of Irish land resources will become available for alternative uses, including bioenergy production. Today, renewable energy sources meet only 2% of Ireland’s total energy consumption. From a farming perspective, growing energy crops will only have a viable future if they provide an economic return on investment and labour, and if the prospect of this return is secure into the future. Currently the return from energy crops is marginal and is hampering the development of the industry. Biomass energies need to be further researched by Ireland.

Visiting Ireland

 

 

Bologna, ITALY: Tortellini Lessons at the Source

CHRISTMAS was many weeks away, but the smell of holiday tortellini was already in the air. On a rainy October evening, several young men from the Ducati motorcycle plant in Bologna traded their work clothes for paper caps and white aprons in a rustic country inn. Wooden tables laid with large maple boards, bowls of flour and fresh eggs lined one wall of the dining room. By ANN WILSON LLOYD

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San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore and Palazzo d’Accursio, photo taken from the top of Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna, Italy. Photo by the great Luca Volpi.

 Eating Italian Food in Italy

 

 

Young Swedes Flock to Newly Rich Norway for Work

Long a poor cousin in Scandinavia, Norway has surpassed Sweden to become one of the richest countries in the world — to the point where it has become a magnet for young Swedes ready to work hard to make quick money, and lots of it. ”When I was young, Swedes had whiter teeth, clearer skin, Abba and Bjorn Borg. We had lots of fish, and not much else. By IVAR EKMAN

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Reine in Lofoten, Norway

The village of Reine in Lofoten, Norway, photo by Petr Šmerkl, Wikipedia.

 

 

Buying French Homes

The country known as France offers investors a great opportunity to benefit from the ever increasing property values. France is very fortunate to have a stable housing market, which will continue to stay that way for years and years to come. The low property prices are always an attraction to the area, with strong growth and prospects to keep the overseas home buyer coming back for more. For anyone interested in overseas real estate – France offers plenty of benefits.

France Loir-et-Cher Château de Chambord

The Château de Chambord is one of the many French royal residences of the Loire Valley that are not for sell. Photographie prise par GIRAUD Patrick.

The property in France is easy to access, with many ways to reach the shores. In most cases, you can get there easily for a very cheap price. As many know, France is famous for their transport system, which includes high speed trains that travel to most of the regions. There are also ferries that cover the area, including low cost flights as well. Once you buy a home in France, you’ll quickly become accustomed to the lifestyle there.

A lot of people who decide to buy a home in France, do so because of the surroundings. Buying a home in France is more than just the house, as you’ll get a chance to experience the finer things in life. France has several romantic attractions, which makes it perfect for married couples looking to spend their life together. Throw in some great drinks and relaxation, and France has all of your activities covered – along with a beautiful and spectacular house.

Mont Saint-Michel

The Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited sites of France, photo by b3rny.

Unlike other regions throughout the world, France has one of the most established legal processes, one that has been proven time and time again over the years. Locals view the legal system as safe, as it helps for those who are interested in French property. As you can tell, French real estate is very different from that of the United States.

Although there are many locations overseas that you can invest in, France is actually preferred to be one of the best. France is known as a nation of renters, with plenty of real estate available for purchase. If you choose to rent out your property, buying in France will pretty much mean that you won’t have any problems renting. There are always people looking for vacation rentals and such in the area, making it perfect for investors or those looking for a second income.

Unlike other real estate locations, France offers you mountain snow complete with maritime living. France is a massive region, with plenty of houses to choose from. If you’ve been looking for overseas real estate, France is a location you can’t go wrong with. There is always something to do here, and plenty of things to see. As a second home or as a way of life – France represents an amazing and cultivating lifestyle that you simply must see to believe.

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Learn to travel, travel to learn: Robin Esrock TEDx Vancouver

Learn to travel -- travel to learn: Robin Esrock at TEDxVancouver

Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, TV producer and international TV personality was no accident, although it did start with one. Struck down on his bike at a Vancouver intersection, Robin hobbled away with a broken kneecap, and one year later, a modest $20,000 insurance settlement. It was just enough for him pack up his things, quit his job, and set off on a one-year solo round-the-world backpacking adventure to 24 countries. He named his journey Modern Gonzo, and committed to record his year of living dangerously, with online weekly reports, photography, videos, and interviews with every person he met. In doing so, he pioneered a new era of multi-platform, switched-on and wired-in travel journalism, leading to adventures beyond his wildest dreams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0TemlxiMdw

 

 

A walking tour around the city of Barcelona

A walking tour around the city of Barcelona, the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, during a period of a few days in January 2013.

I hope that you enjoy this virtual travel tour of lovely Barcelona. I highly recommended this destination!

Eating Italian Food during your Italy vacation

Eating Italian Food during your Italy vacation
Eating Italian Food during your Italy vacation

Italian food will be very important to you during and after your Italy vacation. Most people are usually surprised by the diversity of food in Italy especially if they expect to eat pizza, pasta and spaghetti during their Italy vacation. You may get your fill of these classics while you are in Italy but you will also want to make sure you get your fair share of local delicacies too. Make sure the food you eat is made from locally grown ingredients and make sure you pair the food with some great wine and you will be experiencing Italy at its best.

Italian food is classed into 3 regional types. Northern, Central and Southern. While visiting Northern Italy during your Italy vacation, you will find that the food here is less “Italian” than you would expect. For example they use less olive oil and more butter. They also eat more rice and corn polenta here than pasta and tomato sauce is not used very often. Northern Italian food also includes a lot of use of wild game found in the countryside. These include wild fowl, rabbit and quail. Northern Italy also has some coastal towns and some towns and villages near streams and rivers. So if you visit Northern Italy during your Italy vacation you may eat a lot of seafood and fish.

What we know as “Italian food” comes from Central Italy. Olive oil, cheeses and rich tomato sauces all hail from central Italy. The coastal areas here are also well known for seafood. Italian cooking was said to have been born in Tuscany which is a region in Central Italy so to be sure to visit this area during your Italy vacation. Some of the best olive oil comes from Southern Italy. But very little of it is exported so make sure you sample the olive oil here during your Italy vacation. Naples, a city in this area is well known for its pizza and southern Italy as a whole grows a lot of citrus fruits and has many vineyards. Some of the best wines in the world come from Southern Italy.

You may eat at several local restaurants during your vacation in Italy. However one of the best ways to sample some of the different food that Italy has to offer during your vacation in Italy is to take a cooking class or make your vacation a culinary one. Many of these classes and culinary vacations include going on a winery tour or wine tasting events. Cooking classes can range from a few hours to half a day and they range in price from about $ 150 to $ 250. Many of these are hosted by families in homes or small inns and bed and breakfasts. Some of these classes are taught by excellent chefs many of whom have written Italian recipe books and manage restaurants. They will teach you which food goes with which wine to make for a delicious meal. During your Italy vacation you can learn how to make your own homemade spaghetti and authentic tomato sauce.

A Short History of Ireland Full Movie HD 2014 Documentary

A concise Irish History Documentary which I hope will be somewhat helpful to Irish History students at all levels. HD Movie 2014 Full

Ireland Tourist Attractions