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The Health and Safety Executive must be slavering in anticipation:

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/05/22/drones-to-move-construction-materials-around-sites/

May 22, 2018 at 10:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrownedoff

This is an exciting development of small scale nuclear

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2018/05/15/nuscales-small-modular-nuclear-reactor-passes-biggest-hurdle-yet/#1c45879e5bb5

May 22, 2018 at 10:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

@ST "BBC travesty. The weather forecasters don't refer to it, so I wonder why it's there."
I cant even find the BBC pic you are referring to
I just get a generic BBC weather page .

May 22, 2018 at 9:12 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

stewgreen at 10.45pm, the BBC has the "story" on the Yorkshire section of its website too:

"Drax power station aims to cut biomass gases in new pilot"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-44189777

"The UK's biggest power station has announced a £400,000 pilot scheme to capture the carbon dioxide produced from burning wood pellets.

Drax power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, wants to collect biomass emissions using "new chemistry".

It is believed to be the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe.

The power station has previously been criticised by campaigners for the levels of air pollution it produces.

Drax said that if this pilot were to lead to a full roll-out, it would achieve what it called the "holy grail" of power generation."

etc, etc. No caveats are mentioned! It's pure propaganda.

May 22, 2018 at 9:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Supertroll
Do you think that the dialing up is selective? To me certain areas seem not unreasonable. Scottish Highlands and Island, Norway/Sweden and France all see to be roughly what you'd expect from low population density. The well lit Alps and Pyrenees were a bit of a surprise as was Italy, which I expected to have more of a north/south divide. On the other hand coastal areas popular with tourists and incomers, industrial areas and densely populated were well lit as you'd expect.

In my youth I grew up in a dark rural area and two things come to mind, first was the glow of sodium street lights to the south and east which was clearly visible from 50 miles to the nearest conurbations and that was 40+ years ago. Second only odd dealings had outside lights, these days the situation is totally reversed and only odd houses don't. With modern LED technology your garden can be well lit with less than 10 Watts.

You've now got me wondering what reason there could be for exaggerating the situation other than for selling satellite photos, and possibly activist astronomers wanting dark skies.

May 22, 2018 at 8:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

Some very interesting commentary about the state of the MSM from Tim Pool.

I think he is correct - and we need to deal with it.

May 21, 2018 at 11:18 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. "
May 21, 2018 at 9:55 PM | Mark Hodgson

That is what they claim on their Website. They do not explain how their experts have helped the UK and EU get into such a mess over energy, and the simple facts about the unreliability of their "experts".

When it comes to the UK and EU Quangocracy, they won't be missed, but their rubbish has spread everywhere:
http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/about-us.html
"International Representation"
"UKERC participates and leads energy research activities internationally as part of its mission to act as a bridge between the UK energy research community and the wider world. UKERC is a founding member of the Low Carbon Societies Research Network (LCS-RNet) and the official representative for the UK in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes."

May 21, 2018 at 10:55 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Drax conning the media into thinkin they have some big new CCS breakthough
Just done big opening iten on Look North, who then got a bit a sceptical after 3 mins
as the FoE guy came on
I mentioned earlier
\\ Business page is headed by Drax promising Magic carbon capture
AFAIK they are actually after a subsidy grant for CCS research.
Text says "an early pilot" //

Then they air graphic which I guess is a Drax animation
audio "the eventual plan is to take pollutants* from the power station then use a special solvent to collect from the CO2"
(the graphic is marked CO2 gas ie the falseNarrative that CO2 is a pollutant )
"Heat is then used to separate the CO2 from the solvent"
"The solvent is then reused and the CO2 put into storage"
(oh that easy is it ?)
The BBC dialogue continues more sceptical "this is the holy grail, but it's something that Drax has tried at and failed at in the past"
"It yet to be said what Drax will do with the CO2, use for commercial purposes or even store it under the sea."
""critics of Drax have said that this project ia a DISTRACTION from the bigger issue, that Drax gets £700m of public SUBSIDY every year to burn wood
..and there a lot of difference of scientific opinion about the burning of what Drax calls sustainable biomass
(Reading from his phone) ..Claire Perry has said 'we aim to make the UK a world leader in CCS'
... The hope is that they can make this project work
but it has to be stressed that it is very much in its infancy"

May 21, 2018 at 10:45 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Why no mention of the roads driven through the wilderness to provide access, of the huge concrete foundations, of the visual impact, and of the damage to wildlife?

May 21, 2018 at 9:47 PM | Mark Hodgson

The BBC and Green Blob have awarded each other immunity from hypocrisy. Hopefully this will be the subject of legal scrutiny, despite being conveniently forgotten by the BBC and Green Blob.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2012/11/heres-a-bbc-scandal-that-should-really-make-you-disgusted/

May 21, 2018 at 10:24 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'
By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst
21 May 2018"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44169650

"The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough, a leading energy expert says.

Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre, said the target should be at least five years earlier, as in Scotland.

The government is currently considering obliging new cars to run on electricity for at least 50 miles by 2040.

The government said it would not discuss the issue before it had published its policy which is due soon.

But ministers are facing competing pressures on the issue. Some UK car firms are telling ministers their proposed targets are unachievable, while others say the targets can easily be reached."

Maybe I'm just being grumpy, but rather than referring to the UK Energy Research Centre in glowing terms without more ado ("prestigious"), shouldn't the BBC have made it clear that the UKERC is not entirely disinterested where this topic is concerned? From its own website:

"The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. "

May 21, 2018 at 9:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

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