Gardiner said by using “sustainable biomass” Drax has “not only continued generating the secure power millions of homes and businesses rely on, we have also played a significant role in enabling the UK’s power system to decarbonise faster than any other in the world”. … [Read more...] about Drax power plant to stop burning coal, with loss of 230 jobs
Is nuclear energy sustainable
Mainhardt said the World Bank’s provision of assistance to the Guyanese government and general budget support allowed it to get around its pledge not to finance upstream oil and gas projects. The country’s rulers were then free to use the money to finance oil development directly, he said. … [Read more...] about Anger over World Bank’s $55m pledge to Guyana’s fossil fuel industry
Oë's fiction has increasingly explored a yearning for the spiritual, though he does not believe in God. The untranslated Flaming Green Tree trilogy (1993-95) is about Gii, a disabled healer, who becomes a saviour to his people. But in the mid-1990s Oë vowed to stop writing fiction, saying Hikari had now found his own voice. He and his wife resolved to sell the house, he says, and "live in a trailer", while he read Spinoza. The Swedish award persuaded him otherwise. "I have to be a Nobel laureate," he says. Yet Oë, who does not own a car, found the Nobel brought hazards. Hikari had an attack recently in teeming Shinjuku station, and "I couldn't make him sit or lie on a bench; he became a statue". A stranger asked, "Mr Oë, what do you think of prime minister Koizumi?" His failure to reply - Oë mimes his predicament with an outstretched arm around an immobile son's shoulders - provoked the remark: "Oë's got so arrogant since the Nobel!" He wrings humour from … [Read more...] about In the forest of the soul
The Haven waterway's "unique combination" of natural harbour and long-established industries should be supported "Significant" renewable energy potential A "positive" planning framework needed to support tourism growth Plans should consider the relationship between housing and economic growth and language in the region's Welsh-speaking heartlands Two thirds of people in Ceredigion live in places with less than 2,000 people. Regional plans should look at how jobs, housing and services can be provided to support rural communities. It highlights the work of the new Growing Mid Wales Partnership Planning decisions on key housing and employment sites should consider the investment in regional projects such as those through the Swansea Bay city deal South East Wales - 10 to watch out for Primary focus for growth - Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys. Cardiff will "retain and extend" its role as the primary national centre for culture, sport, leisure, finance, media and the night-time economy … [Read more...] about Wales development vision: 10 to watch for where you live
Fife council wants to ban new HMOs in St Andrews. Students say it is their “right” to live in HMOs and are fighting the ban which, after a period of consultation, will be voted on next February. It could be quite a battle: nearly 2,000 students have signed an anti-ban petition and many have registered to vote in St Andrews. A spokesman for the university said an HMO cap “may make affordable accommodation for local people even more scarce”. With a rapid rise in full-time student numbers in the UK – up 660,000 in the last 20 years – there is high demand for student HMOs, which is great news for landlords – some good, some not – but causes problems for locals. … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?