Does this mark the end of the cosy country hearth and the cool urban stove? Not yet. The restrictions are limited and will be phased in over several years. Even after they come into full effect, fire lovers will still be able to collect their own kindling and branches and buy seasoned or kiln-dried logs (as long as they have moisture levels below 20%). This fuel is more expensive, but burns more efficiently and more cleanly, which means more heat, lower flue maintenance costs and fewer health concerns. It is also easier to light and produces a satisfying crackle rather than a sputtering hiss. … [Read more...] about Coal and wet wood burning: how will restrictions work?
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Other green technologies – hydropower, bioenergy, geothermal and marine energy – all grew modestly year-on-year. While small compared with solar and wind power, geothermal energy – tapping the heat of deep rocks – is growing, with Turkey, Indonesia and Kenya leading the way. … [Read more...] about New renewable energy capacity hit record levels in 2019
How to combat corona cabin fever Pretend you're in the audience with live-streams One club in Shanghai streamed DJ sets on TikTok so that viewers could participate in "cloud raves" from home. If you're disappointed about cancelled concerts or heated live debates and want to feel like you're not missing out, keep an eye out for live-streamed events on social media. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Can we still live sustainably?
Queensland’s minister for environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, said climate change, pollution from run-off and other threats “are testing the reef’s ability to recover from major disturbances like mass bleaching events, severe tropical cyclones and crown-of-thorns starfish.” … [Read more...] about Great Barrier Reef’s third mass bleaching in five years is the most widespread ever
In a joint article published in Nature, Dr Buesseler warns climate change is altering the ‘poorly understood’ twilight zone, which is changing its temperature, acidification and oxygen levels in ways that are likely to affect marine life. … [Read more...] about World’s oceans are capturing twice as much carbon as previously thought thanks to microscopic carbon-loving plankton that float down to the ocean depths, study claims