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An interesting BBC report this morning: Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt

Feb 10, 2016 at 8:31 AM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

The cupped hand in the shape of a C is the new climate sign for the religion, and there's me mistakenly using Churchill's salute all these years.
Oh well if we have to symbolise Crap then it might as well put a smile on peoples faces..... Whenever anyone starts preaching climate change to you... just show them the Crap sign and they'll stop.

Feb 10, 2016 at 8:18 AM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

A Deceptive advert from Harra ?
@Lord Beaverbrook Harras's page is about dirty Propaganda tricks like all his work
- It just led me to the story about Noor1 solar at Ouarzazate which on checking I see was opened 6 weeks late , 2 days ago

But look at the title Harra uses "The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is powered by salt
4 February 2016 "
..."City" that's stretching the definition a bit
It's basically an army post next to an oasis, with a market ..cos its the flaming desert and there's hardly any water
Population 56,000 Wiki says ..(so it has grown a bit since I visited)

Harrabin begins the video with a backdrop of Las Vegas towers all lit up, this is not Ouarzazate
If you don't think his new item is made like an advert , then I'm surprised
"the salt stays hot for 8 hours at night" ..em It's February so the night their is longer than 8 hours isn't it ?
funny another news story says "The first-phase plant will provide solar power to 650,000 locals from dawn to three hours following sunset."

This first phase is quite small (they always announcew it as the worlds largest, but that is the projection)
Capacity 160 megawatts say a load factor of 40% (bet the salt doesn't provide that much) that gives 64MW average, that's not that much if you power business and government as well. That's ONE town ..not the million people I see in some headlines.

Other peoples stories show other detail eg1
"In order to draw in foreign funds, Morocco passed a law liberalizing the renewables sector "
"The $895 million project was financed through various financial entities including the World Bank and the Clean Technology Fund, which have both provided $167 million, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) which has contributed $187 million."
"European Investment Bank, the German Development Bank- KfW, and the French Development Agency, have each injected $111 million towards the project.

In addition, the European Union and Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, have contributed $33 million and $17 million respectively."
I can't see ANY private money in those numbers that add up to the full cost
\\Maha el-Kadiri, spokesperson for the Moroccan renewable energy agency, said the first phase had been targeted to open by December but was delayed due to certain “agenda concerns.”//

Feb 10, 2016 at 8:10 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

"“I see a positive, sustainable future for rail ... "
and what will Scotland power these trains with ?
Wind blows train moves, breeze stops train stops etc ?

It is my understanding that if you take into account full infrastructure costs ..then transporting people by train is rarely economic and probably not green. Rather shifting masses amounts of freight like coal, oil, grains can make rail profitable. Am I right Mr Buffet ?
Ah that is what @IDAU Scottish rail link says "Three years ago, statistics show that coal tonnage accounted for 40% of freight tonnage in Scotland, half of the tonnage moved 10 years ago." (so that means rest is about to go).
...And woodpellet transport will come in ?

@Salopian Train2plane saves CO2 ? best that like saving a few cents of CO2 on your way to spending dozens of $$ of CO2

Feb 10, 2016 at 6:01 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Woman who accused Pachauri of sexual harassment responds to his promotion

Feb 10, 2016 at 2:54 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Pachauri back in TERI as Executive Vice Chairman
Trial still ongoing

Feb 10, 2016 at 2:50 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

As politicians gloat about climate ‘leadership,’ Saudi Arabia’s oil is dumped in Canada

That’s right. Saudia Arabia, the oil-rich kingdom that is waging a brutal price war to shore up its market share and devastating Canada’s oil and gas sector in the process, dumped an average of 84,017 barrels a day of its cheap oil in New Brunswick’s Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in 2015, according to data compiled by the National Energy Board (NEB). That’s up from 63,046 b/d on average in 2012.

Feb 10, 2016 at 2:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterclipe

Follow-up to my previous comment on rail traffic:

There is a proposal to open a direct rail-link from Shropshire to Manchester airport. Local Conservative MP Mr Kawczynski said "the proposed Manchester Airport link would be a much cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative than going by car."

There is already a direct rail link between Shrewsbury and Birmingham International Airport, and Manchester is twice the distance away the Birmingham by road, so WTF is this all about?

Feb 10, 2016 at 1:06 AM | Registered CommenterSalopian

Green Sand, 11;52pm; Do you mean the Tay Bridge or the Forth Bridge(s)?

Feb 10, 2016 at 12:15 AM | Registered CommenterSalopian

“I see a positive, sustainable future for rail ... "

There is no "positive, sustainable future for rail", unless it can take freight haulage back from the road hauliers and make an economic business out of it, and cut its dependency on passenger income.

At the moment the rail industry is simply about fleecing commuters, grabbing money from corporate expense accounts of those who can afford their exorbitant prices, and those who are too stupid to pass a driving test. I can drive to London and back for less than the cost of a standard train ticket (including all the other extras, apart from fuel).

And, you can fly between most UK regional airports for less than half the cost of an equivalent train fare.

Feb 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM | Registered CommenterSalopian

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