Archive | December 2016

“Arctic ice melt ‘already affecting weather patterns where you live right now'”

Ice in Arctic ocean in Svalbard

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Soaring Arctic temperatures ‘strongly linked’ to recent extreme weather events, say scientists at cutting edge of climate change research.

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“World’s first solar panel road opens in Normandy village”

Solar panel road in Tourouvre-au-Perche

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France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.

“Trash-to-Treasure Train Keeps Austrians Warm at Rome’s Expense”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-22/trash-to-treasure-train-keeps-austrians-warm-at-rome-s-expense

Trash brought by the trainload each week from Rome and paid for by the city is being turned into heat treasured on cold nights by homeowners in Austria.

“Recycling rates in England drop for first time”

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Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.

“U.K. Seeks to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics Next Year”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-20/u-k-seeks-to-ban-plastic-microbeads-in-cosmetics-next-year

The U.K. will become the latest country to outlaw plastic microbeads used in face wash and toothpaste next year over concerns they harm marine life and enter the food chain.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a consultationTuesday proposing to ban the beads in cosmetics and personal-care products by October 2017. The move builds on voluntary commitments made by companies including Proctor & Gamble Co. and Johnson & Johnson.

“U.K. Clean Energy Sector Shrinks After Government Subsidy Cuts”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/u-k-clean-energy-sector-shrinks-after-government-subsidy-cuts

The U.K.’s renewable and low-carbon energy sector shrank by 8.7 percent last year, partly because of cuts to subsidies.

“Squid set to top chippy menus as seawater warms up”

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It is the meal most associated with the UK, along with slurping tea and moaning about the weather. But the great British fish supper could be on the way out, replaced by more continental variations such as squid and chips, as seas continue to warm, the British Ecological Society will be told this week.

“How Antibiotic-Tainted Seafood From China Ends Up on Your Table”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-12-15/how-antibiotic-tainted-seafood-from-china-ends-up-on-your-table

Chinese agriculture has thrived for thousands of years on this kind of recycling—the nutrients that fatten the pigs and geese also feed the fish. But the introduction of antibiotics into animal feed has transformed ecological efficiency into a threat to global public health.

“World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind”

Disclosed capex for onshore wind and PV projects in 58 non-OECD countries

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/world-energy-hits-a-turning-point-solar-that-s-cheaper-than-wind

There’s a transformation happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity.

“Salmon and Trout Threaten $1.65 Billion Tidal-Power Project”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-13/u-k-tidal-power-plan-put-at-risk-by-threat-to-salmon-and-trout

U.K. plans to generate power by building a 1.3 billion pound ($1.65 billion) tidal lagoon off the South Wales coast are in doubt after a government-backed body said the project could kill thousands of migratory fish.