After a breezy drive and a no fuss Red Funnel ferry from Southampton, it is easy to slip into a haze of total relaxation when you step onto the Isle of Wight. No-one seems in a hurry on an island that appears to be perpetually on holiday. It is easy to imagine spending far longer than the weekend we have booked reclining in one of the many scenic spots. But that’s not what my long-suffering friend Sandie and I are signed up for – we are here to sample everything the isle has to offer – including jumping off a cliff or two. The excitement starts with arriving at our most adorable Tiny Homes accommodation. Small footprint living never felt so stylish – and you won’t truly believe it possible before you go, but the composting toilets are really quite pleasant. Our Tiny Home is called Hygge and the name definitely fits, with a cosy wood-burning stove and a tree-house like ladder up to the sleeping area. Relaxing at the picnic table on the decking … [Read more...] about Travel: Unexpected adventure on the Isle of Wight
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Lisa Marriott for The Spinoff OPINION: On Friday, July 13, Climate Change Minister James Shaw stated that in order for New Zealand to meet its zero carbon pledge nearly all the country's cars will have to be zero emission by 2050. Aiming for a zero or low-emission fleet is a worthy objective (under European Union legislation, low-emission vehicles have tailpipe emissions below 50g CO2/km). However, it is not at all clear what, if any, policy tools will be adopted to achieve this objective. What you need to know about electric cars More charging stations drives electric car take-up New Zealand has an unusual emissions profile. Gross greenhouse gas emissions have increased 19.6 percent since 1990. The agriculture and energy sectors contribute nearly 90 percent of the emissions. The difficulties with reducing agricultural emissions are well established. The same cannot be said of the energy sector and in particular of road transport, which contributes around 46 percent of the energy … [Read more...] about Opinion: We know electric cars make sense
2 Put coconut water in the freezer and drink it as it thaws. It is great for feeling hydrated and is the best cure for a hangover. Trust me, you'll feel better in an hour. Make sure it's 100pc natural for more of a kick. NH - Freezing coconut water into ice-lolly moulds makes brilliant isotonic ice-pops to help beat heat stroke. SJW 3 Eat al fresco. The terrace at the Blue Bar in Skerries is beautiful on a sunny day. Seafood, great atmosphere and sublime views. Pop over to Storm in a Tea Cup ice-cream parlour on Skerries harbour for dessert. NH 4 Chill a bottle of beer or wine by wetting some kitchen towel with cold water and wrapping it around the bottle or can before placing in the freezer. It will chill in moments. JR 5Thebigtightscompany.co.uk for anti-chafing shorts to wear under dresses LH 6Invest in a good picnic blanket and basket. There is nothing like getting your lunch to go from your favourite cafe, a small bottle of Champagne from M&S, and heading to the park. NH … [Read more...] about How to make the most of summer
In less than a year, a group of fast-growing electric scooter and electric bicycle companies have stocked U.S. city streets with lightweight, dockless, connected vehicles. To some, they're a tech bro nuisance and yet another manifestation of Silicon Valley overreach; to others, a brand-new method of urban transit for the first, last or only miles of daily travel. Bloomberg Opinion’s Virginia Postrel and Nathaniel Bullard corresponded via email on the electric scooter craze; this is a lightly edited version of that conversation.NB: Since you're in Los Angeles: Given that the scooter business in the U.S. kicked off in Santa Monica, and that the city recently passed a pretty forward-looking pilot program, is there something uniquely SoCal about scooters? As opposed to, say, uniquely San Francisco (where Uber began)?VP: Starting with the riders, Southern California has several advantages for a dockless scooter business. The traffic is awful, so people are looking for ways around it, … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About All Those Electric Scooters
Brought to you by Adrian Monti New technological developments are making it even easier to own and run an electric vehicle – and now you could even make money off them With more than 145,000 plug-in electric cars in the UK today, the much-heralded revolution on our roads has finally arrived. But what’s it like to be part of this new driving experience? Here Tom Pakenham, OVO Energy’s director of electric vehicles, reveals what you can expect. Are electric vehicles (EV) becoming more popular? More than 47,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered last year in the UK, setting an annual sales record. The UK’s best-selling “pure” plug-in electric car is the Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor alongside a normal combustion engine, is the country’s biggest-selling plug-in EV. How much are they to buy? They’re more expensive than the equivalent car with a … [Read more...] about What is it really like to own an electric car?