Please scroll down for lots of useful information. There are links to industry and environmental journals, relevant dates in the environmental and renewable energy calendar, current debates, a solar PV Feed-in Tariff calculator, green products websites, campaign groups and more. Some of this might be a bit outdated given time considerations and the fact that I don't get paid for doing this, but I do try and keep it as fresh and new as I can so it's still worth checking out.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
Flexenclosure, a manufacturer of intelligent power management systems for the ICT sector, has received another order for its green eSite hybrid power solution for cell sites.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
The first phase of Vergnet’s Amdjarass wind farm in Chad has now been completed and work is progressing on the second phase.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has called for a renewed commitment by the UK Government to renewable energy on the day a Government consultation on subsidies closes.
Monday, 8 August 2016
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a general agreement to establish a $50 million credit line to fund emissions reductions projects in The Philippines, with a focus on renewable energy.
Hinkley C is in the news again, for all the right reasons: People are finally starting to get the idea that it’s a huge white elephant that is going nowhere. That is true of nuclear in general I would argue.
Friday, 5 August 2016
Automobile company Nissan has unveiled two revolutionary new prototype zero emission vehicles - the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) vehicle and the futuristic BladeGlider.
Could there ever be a greater pillock, when it comes to climate change, than James Delingpole?
To be fair though, the weasel did admit back in 2011 that he didn't read peer-reviewed papers, and he is definitely demonstrating that trait here.
In his article, on Breitbart, of 29th July 2016, Delingpole stated that "The West Antarctic has become yet another victim of global cooling". He goes on to say that:
"According to the latest study, in Nature, it has experienced “an absence of regional warming since the late 1990s” while
“The annual mean temperature has decreased at a statistically significant rate, with the most rapid cooling during the Austral summer. Temperatures have decreased as a consequence of a greater frequency of cold, east-to-southeasterly winds, resulting from more cyclonic conditions in the northern Weddell Sea associated with a strengthening mid-latitude jet. These circulation changes have also increased the advection of sea ice towards the east coast of the peninsula, amplifying their effects.”So, I followed the link and took a look at the introduction of the paper. It is IMMEDIATELY noticeable that Delingpole's quotation of it omits the final three and a half lines, which state:
Our findings cover only 1% of the Antarctic continent and emphasize that decadal temperature changes in this region are not primarily associated with the drivers of global temperature change but, rather, reflect the extreme natural internal variability of the regional atmospheric circulation.
So in other words, the findings of the paper are concerned only with 1 percent of the Antarctic continent and therefore cannot be presented as an indicator of the situation with regard to global climate change as it affects the Antarctic as a whole.
In order to further clarify this point, I conducted a wider search on the internet to see if there was any wider discussion of the study. Sure enough, there was.
In a piece published by The New Scientist on 20th July, Michael Le Page points out that:
"a shift in prevailing winds has resulted in it cooling since 1998 — although this region is still warmer than it was when observations began"
Mr Le Page then quotes the lead author on the Nature study, John Turner, who is also a member of the British Antarctic Survey:
“What we are seeing is natural climatic variability overriding global warming”
This means that the cooling effect is due to the natural variability of the region overcoming the warming effect (temporarily) of global warming impacts in this particular region.
Turner strongly emphasises that:
"This cooling will be temporary. Even if the winds don’t change again soon, global warming will overwhelm their effect in the coming decades."
"Nor does this slight cooling of the air above one part of Antarctica mean we can worry less about the main threat from the continent: sea level rise. That’s because the accelerating loss of ice from Antarctica is driven almost entirely by the warming seas around the continent."
But Delingpole takes no notice of this. What he does is take the bulk of the introduction from the Nature site, cuts off the final three and a half lines so that readers of his Breitbart piece are unable (unless they do something called 'wider basic research') to read one of the most important parts of the whole piece, and then constructs a completely false narrative around it implying that Antartica is cooling and thus that global climate change isn't happening.
THAT in common terminology is known as a LIE.
Delingpole, you are a total idiot. And you call yourself journalist? Ludicrous!!!
Thursday, 4 August 2016
A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found that the Dominican Republic can increase the share of modern renewable energy in its energy mix from 9 to 27 per cent by 2030.
Deepwater Wind will soon embark on the final stage of construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, a complex operation that will feature some of the industry’s most innovative offshore wind technology.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
The world’s most powerful wind turbine blades have entered Belfast Harbour as part of a project to develop an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Autonomous wave-propelled vessel company AutoNaut has secured investment from the Seiche Group to advance its R&D objectives, assure long-term growth and develop business across UK and international markets.
Monday, 1 August 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a new solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
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Should the US government waive the Renewable Fuel Standard?
Journals and Environmental Information
- Air Quality England
- American Journal of Environmental Sciences
- Anals of Environmental Science
- Cities and the Environment
- Climate Central
- Conservation Evidence
- Ecology and Society
- Environmental Research Letters
- Grantham Research Institute (LSE) policy briefs
- Green Building Bible
- Green Building Magazine
- Green Theory and Praxis
- International Energy Agency publications
- The Green Guide environmental directory
- Windpower Monthly