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Renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time – BBC News

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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.

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Rick Steves Best of Europe 2015

Rick Steves Best of Europe 2015

Rick Steves Best of Europe 2015

  • You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you need to know when travelling in Europe. Follow the self-guided tours in these books for a close-up look at the elegant features of Europe. Rick’s candid, humorous advice will give you to good-value hotels
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when planning a Grand Tour of Europe. In this guide, Rick covers the best of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.You’ll find a healthy mix of big cities, small towns, and exciting regions, including:London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and Barcelona
Rothenberg, Bruges, Haarlem, Hallstatt, and Gimmelwald
Provence, the French Riviera, Germany’s Romantic Road, Switzerland’s Berner Oberland, and Italy’s Cinque TerreRick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to find the right bus in Rome, an inexpensive crêpe in Paris, and which museums and sights are worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

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Fodor’s Paris 2015

Fodor’s Paris 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Paris 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Paris is an all-time top destination for travelers, and it’s easy to see the allure: the experiences—dining, shopping, museum-going, neighborhood strolling—are all legendary.  This stunning full-color Fodor’s guide captures the best of the City of Light, from the masterful cuisine to the sweeping romance of the Eiffel Tower.

NEW THIS EDITION: Paris is always changing, and this edition captures the City of Light’s hottest new restaurants, hotels, shops, and more.  Parisian life, from the luxurious finds on the Champs-Élysées boutiques to the simple pleasure of the perfect croissant, is covered in dazzling detail.

ILLUSTRATED FEATURES:  Rich color features help travelers make the most of top experiences, from visiting awe-inspiring Notre-Dame and Versailles to seeing top artwork in the Musée du Louvre and exploring the Seine on foot or by boat. And the Eiffel Tower gets its own splashy spread.

ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Paris’s top attractions and museums are broken down at a glance, as are the top itineraries, best bets for restaurants and lodging, and what to do with kids or without. Each neighborhood has a convenient overview with highlights and practical advice for getting around and planning a visit.

DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor’s Paris 2013 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

VALUE ADD PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along Paris map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.

ABOUT FODOR’S AUTHORS: Each Fodor’s Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

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Coffee + Shopping Find in Westberlin

Head towards Checkpoint Charlie, the top tourist destination in Berlin – then keep walking straight past it, dodging the tourist’s selfie sticks and hen parties’ feather boas. You are going beyond all this to somewhere far more photogenic: Westberlin, “coffeebar & mediashop”.

Westberlin Cafe Berlin | Coffee Hotspot

Westberlin Cafe Berlin | Coffee Hotspot

Westberlin Cafe Berlin | Coffee Hotspot



Westberlin is totally at odds with its surroundings: sandwiched between a kitsch baroque furniture store and a 1€ store, and opposite a job centre and casino. Owned by an architect, Westberlin is bright, the furniture a mix of new Danish and classic vintage, with colourful hand-blown glass pendant lights – a refreshing change from the usual industrial/rustic/hipster coffee shops of today.

This area of Berlin was formerly the media centre, so Westberlin carries all manner of coveted fashion, art and design magazines for your perusal and purchase, both German and international. The coffee is from Berlin’s own Five Elephant and Stockholm’s Drop Coffee, though the fantastic hot chocolate and Anzac cookies also deserve a special mention.

Westberlin Berlin
Friedrichstraße 215, 10969 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 25922745


Nina Fitton |Melting Butter London CorrespondentNina is Melting Butter’s vivacious London correspondent who has been tasked with curating the best hotspots London has to offer. Being based in Brixton, South London’s notoriously vibrant cultural mecca, makes Nina’s quest for the newest, most fashionable, design-centric hotspots a total breeze. Head to her blog Have You Heard Of It?, a jackpot for fellow neophiles looking for fresh reviews on London’s restaurants, bars, things to do and see. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest too.

(Images courtesy of Westberlin Berlin)

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Map-Making at National Geographic

This 1921 map of Europe shows the countries established by the Peace Conference of Paris.



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Founded in 1915 as the Cartographic Group, the first division of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps has been responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking.Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, recreation maps, atlases, and globes which inspire people to care about and explore their world. All proceeds from the sale of National Geographic maps go to support the Society’s non-profit mission to increase global understanding and promote conservation of our planet through exploration, research, and education.


March 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of National Geographic’s cartographic division—which has created maps, globes, and atlases of the ocean floor, the night sky, and everywhere in between.

Here are a few highlights from our map-making history:

Tool of War: Our 1944 map of Germany served as Winston Churchill’s personal briefing map, which history buffs can view at his Cabinet War Rooms in London.

Visual Aid: Maps made at the Society focus on more than just land mass: They’ve measured meat consumption, opium production, and radioactivity in Chernobyl.

(Official White House Photograph by Pete Souza)

Escape Route: With a 1971 National Geographic map as his guide, Nguyen Van Canh led 49 refugees out of communist Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War.

VIP Swag: Incoming United States presidents receive a personalized map set from the Society—President Obama’s detailed Hawaii, Kenya, and Indonesia.


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