Ovre Forsland is a big departure from the hulking power stations that traditionally served our energy needs. It looks more like an elegant, custom‑built home from TV show Grand Designs. Located in the Helgeland district in northern Norway, it’s a small hydroelectric power station capable of supplying 1,600 homes with power. Designed by Norwegian architecture firm Stein Hamre Arkitektkontor, it sits on a riverbed at the edge of a forest, with an exterior that aims to reflect the irregular shapes of the spruce trees forming its backdrop. “It’s a small plant. The biggest stations in this region were built in the late 50s and 60s to serve industry, but in the last 15 years it has been much smaller projects,” says Torkil Nersund, production manager at the plant’s owner, energy company HelgelandsKraft. “It’s the perfect place; the environment is fantastic. This region is known for its spectacular nature, so we thought the building should try to … [Read more...] about Beauty and power: how Norway is making green energy look good
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In just a few decades, Dubai has gone from sleepy fishing village to glittering metropolis, complete with some of the largest shopping malls in the world and indoor ski slopes. The boom has been fuelled by oil, first discovered in the United Arab Emirates in the late 1950s. But now, the emirate's rulers are touting another dramatic transformation: From fossil fuel mecca to green-power paradise. Dubai says it is working toward covering 75 percent of its energy demand from clean sources by 2050. But the desert megacity doesn't just have to decarbonize its power and transport sector. Securing its water supply also consumes huge amounts of energy. Most of Dubai's water comes from the sea. Extracting the salt from seawater to make it potable is costly, energy intensive and currently reliant on fossil fuels. The UAE's climate change minister, Thani Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, says Dubai is already moving in the right direction. Traditional dhows hark back to the days before oil fuelled Dubai's ascent … [Read more...] about Dubai: Can the city of black gold go green?
Eight months after Hurricane Maria churned across Puerto Rico, a US court order has forced the government in San Juan to begin releasing data on all deaths on the island since the storm. The official death toll stands at 64, but a recent study estimated that at least 4,645 more people died in the three months after Hurricane Maria than over the same period in the previous year. Lauracelis Roques, the judge who issued the order, wrote, "People still don't have a clear picture as to how many lives were lost due to a lack of food, medicine, health services or simply because of an ineffective response to an emergency. That's why it's urgent to shed light on all components of government preparedness and response." There isn't much time for lessons to be learned. This year's hurricane season began on June 1. With the island still in struggling to recover from Maria, Puerto Ricans fear a fresh onslaught. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders recently described the US federal … [Read more...] about Puerto Ricans still without power as storm season rolls round again
An electric guitar used by Status Quo's Francis Rossi during the band's classic Live Aid performance is up for auction and expected to fetch upwards of £150,000. The green 1957 Fender Telecaster, bought second-hand in Glasgow in 1968 for just £75, will start at £100,000 when it goes under the hammer in London next month. The guitar was first used on the single Down The Dustpipe in 1970 and played on virtually every single one of the band's tracks for the next 45 years. The green 1957 Fender Telecaster, bought second-hand in Glasgow in 1968 for just £75, will start at £100,000 when it goes under the hammer in London next month Rossi, now 70, announced the sale of the guitar at Bonhams auction house in London on Tuesday, making it the star attraction of the forthcoming entertainment memorabilia sale in Knightsbridge on December 17 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The number of migrant children detained in custody by U.S.... … [Read more...] about Whatever you want (to pay)! Status Quo’s Francis Rossi puts green Fender Telecaster he played at Live Aid up for auction… with bids set to fetch £150k
Britain is due to pledge hundreds of millions of pounds to a new Green Climate Fund in Berlin on the same day as the critical Rochester byelection, threatening to hand political ammunition to Ukip. David Cameron betrayed anxiety about the coincidence – and its impact on potential Ukip supporters opposed to overseas aid or sceptical of climate change – by refusing to say how much Britain is likely to offer and stressing the funding would come from existing government funds. He said: “All we have to do now is to decide how much of this already set aside money we put into this specific fund and, as ever, Britain will play its part.” Aware of the mood on his own backbenches, he reiterated: “When we make an announcement it will not be new money, it will be money already set aside for that purpose.” Government sources said the British contribution at the pledging conference is likely to be hundreds of millions, and independent sources said they expected it … [Read more...] about UK donation to Green Climate Fund gives David Cameron byelection jitters