London is a global financial centre and deregulation or divergence from European rules could boost its competitiveness on the global stage. The catch is that for the EU to grant access to its market, it will demand a high degree of adherence to its own standards. … [Read more...] about City sets out its demands as Brexit reaches the hard part
Marketing demand and supply
For the three months as a whole, Chinese production was 231 million tonnes, a record. This presents a problem for the rest of the world and is one reason why both the US and the EU have in recent years introduced measures aimed at preventing China from 'dumping' cheap steel in their markets. … [Read more...] about Why the UK steel industry is facing another fight for survival
In future, other options for managing intermittency may become cheaper. This will decrease the cost of adding renewables to the grid and allow the share of renewables to grow. Connecting grids over large geographical areas allows renewable power from a variety of climates to be combined, reducing overall variability and sharing out 'backup' fossil fuel power stations more widely. Storing electricity tends to be expensive, but innovation in storage technologies could make electrical backup systems cheaper. Finally, changes in consumer behaviour can help balance renewable electricity supply and demand. For example, the introduction of 'smart' meters will allow prices to be changed across the day to encourage people to shift consumption towards times of abundant supply. Householders in the UK have already been found to reduce their overall power use and shift towards daytime consumption after installing solar on their homes. … [Read more...] about Are solar, wind and marine power too intermittent to be useful?
“This really does seem to be well-organised, well-orchestrated criminal activity. It will be extremely difficult if not impossible to track down where all that meat has gone … In terms of whether any of this meat might have entered the UK, the answer is I have absolutely no idea. Always in the past when I’ve looked at illicit supply chains like this, they always extend incredibly far because there will be lots of intermediaries in different countries handling this meat, trying to get it into bona fide supply chains.” … [Read more...] about Secret filming shows sick cows slaughtered for meat in Poland
'Instead, House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way - any way - to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election,' Trump's legal team wrote. 'All of that is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn.' … [Read more...] about John Roberts reprimands BOTH sides in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for calling each other traitors and liars after Senate blows past midnight as Democrats lose caustic battle to get witnesses and evidence