“One of the key challenges is public awareness,” says James Godwin, station manager at Hamble Lifeboat in Southampton. “You speak to people and they say: ‘I already give to the RNLI.’ You have to explain that you’re an independent and won’t be receiving any of that money.” Godwin, whose Solent-based station deals with more than 100 incidents a year, finds that many people simply aren’t aware of the existence of lifeboat services outside the RNLI. “We’ve rescued people before and then a week later they’ll say: ‘Oh, we sent a cheque to the RNLI’ and we’re like: ‘Ah… OK.’” … [Read more...] about The lifeboat rescue teams hanging by a thread
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Two young women in heavy robes and elaborate headdresses scramble ashore on a deserted beach. The camera moves blurrily in closeup, suggesting the disorientating experience of being washed up in a strange land. These refugee sisters, Aisha and Abhaya, are the protagonists of a frustratingly unsuccessful experiment in merging film and contemporary dance, by innovative director and animator Kibwe Tavares and edgy Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, with dancers from Rambert in a co-production with the Royal Ballet. … [Read more...] about Aisha and Abhaya review – modern fairytale driven by dark techno
Partly for this reason, and partly due to concerns over the commercial readiness of hydrogen fuel cell cars, battery-based electric cars have received more attention in recent years than hydrogen cars. However, hydrogen vehicles retain a number of important advantages: they can be rapidly refuelled in just a couple of minutes and have a range of many hundreds of kilometres. So the best technology depends on the final cost, carbon mitigation potential, and consumer needs in each case. … [Read more...] about What’s the ‘hydrogen economy’?
That is just the beginning, however. Plans are now under way to expand the use of hydrogen as a fuel for a new generation of ferries that will replace the nine ageing vessels that currently connect the various islands of the archipelago. By running these on hydrogen, massive reductions in use of diesel fuel could be made in Orkney. The first of these vessels – the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled seagoing car and passenger ferry – is scheduled for launch in 2021. “We realised that if we could use hydrogen to power our ferries, we would put another dent in our carbon addiction,” Neil Kermode, head of the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) told the Financial Times last month. … [Read more...] about How Orkney leads the way for sustainable energy
Even on a grid with no renewables, fossil fuel plants needs to be adjusted over time to match demand to supply and allow for power station breakdowns. When renewables are included in the energy mix, the output of these fossil fuel plants may need to be adjusted more frequently. Some power stations will run below their maximum output to allow this, and additional fast-responding plants may be needed. Efficiency may be reduced as a result. But overall, these effects are usually much smaller than the savings in fuel and emissions that renewables can deliver. … [Read more...] about Are solar, wind and marine power too intermittent to be useful?