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Abortion video used in fight against law change in Spain

UK Times global - Mon, 2038-01-18 22:14
A graphic video featuring aborted foetuses was shown to teenage pupils at a Catholic school as part of a campaign against the Spanish Government’s planned abortion reform.
Categories: GlobalWire, MediaTorrent

New Zealand v England: Hosts reach T20 tri-series final despite defeat

BBC UK Ed. - 30 min 58 sec ago
England are out of the Twenty20 tri-series despite a two-run win over New Zealand, who will face Australia in the final.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Winter Olympics: Lizzy Yarnold to consider skeleton future after retaining title

BBC UK Ed. - 33 min 8 sec ago
Lizzy Yarnold is to consider her future after becoming the first Briton to defend a Winter Olympic title.
Categories: MediaTorrent

MPs call for boy with epilepsy to be given medical cannabis licence

BBC UK Ed. - 45 min 45 sec ago
The family of epilepsy sufferer Alfie Dingley says he has fewer seizures after taking the drug.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Winter Olympics: GB curlers lose after hog line controversy

BBC UK Ed. - 48 min 33 sec ago
Great Britain's women's curling team lose in controversial circumstances in an extra end against Sweden.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Hogline controversy: GB curling team beaten by Sweden at Winter Olympics

BBC UK Ed. - 59 min 53 sec ago
Fellow athletes, fans and commentators react as Great Britain's women's curling team lose to Sweden amid hogline controversy.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Winter Olympics: Elise Christie faces 'fight against time' to make 1,000m

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 23 min ago
Briton Elise Christie suffers soft tissue damage from her fall in the 1500m short-track semi-final and her 1,000m race remains in doubt.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 25 min ago
The government invites churches to let their spires be rented to improve the UK's mobile coverage.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board dead - airline

BBC UK Ed. - 1 hour 26 min ago
All 66 people on board the plane which crashed in a mountainous area are dead, the airline says.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Downtown Minneapolis

Minnesota Flickr - 1 hour 36 min ago

schwerdf posted a photo:

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FA Cup: Rochdale's schoolboy midfielder Daniel Adshead could face Tottenham

BBC UK Ed. - 2 hours 31 min ago
Rochdale's squad for the FA Cup match with Spurs is likely to feature a deputy head boy who is preparing for his GCSEs.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Despite Coal Lobby, Australia to Double Solar Energy in 2018

Informed Comment - 2 hours 47 min ago

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Australia’s march to solar power is a reason for climate optimism because it is happening under adverse circumstances. Australia has a big and important coal industry that spends millions on lobbying and election campaigns, and the Australian government is in its back pocket. They, too, have the fraud of “clean coal” hopes [that is not a thing]. The central government is no friend of renewables. Some state governments are deeply committed to dirty coal as well. Australia has a horrible environmental record and is among the worst carbon polluters per capita.

Australia is the biggest exporter of coal in the world, providing 33% of world exports of this commodity. Some three quarters of Australian coal mined is exported and the industry brings in on the order of US$126 bn a year.

At the same time, the Australian public desperately wants renewable energy (96%) and Australia is especially vulnerable to the worst effects of climate change. In a continent already suffering from aridity and heat waves and wildfires, all three will worsen. And, Bondi Beach in Sydney will shrink as the sea level rises.

h/t Wikimedia

And yet, Australia is in the midst of a solar revolution in which it could double its solar energy production in a single year. In this past January, rooftop solar installations were up 69% over January 2017. It is estimated that rooftop solar is the most dependable electricity source in Australia.

The growth of solar has mainly been driven by rooftop installations, but companies are now planning more industrial grade ones. Already, 1 in five Australian homes have solar panels on their roofs. In one Australian state, 18 new big solar farms are planned. Solar farms can be built relatively inexpensively in a few months, so unlike nuclear plants, which take five to ten years and often suffer billions in cost over-runs, solar is nimble.

In the small state of South Australia, 53% of electricity already comes from wind and solar. (Australia has 23 million people, South Australia only about 1.7 million). Tesla’s superbattery has stabilized the South Australia grid, and Tesla and the local government are now planning a virtual power plant that will coordinate the solar panels and batteries in residential buildings.

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Virtual power plant: Tesla helps build world’s largest virtual power plant in Australia – TomoNews

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In New South Wales, renewables are already up to 20% of electricity generation, though that includes small hydro. (New South Wales has over 7 million people.)

(Of all the fossil fuels, coal emits the most carbon dioxide when burned. Carbon dioxide is a heat trapping gas and when it goes into the atmosphere some of it stays for a long time, making the world dangerously hotter; the rest goes into carbon sinks like the oceans and igneous rock; it makes the oceans acidic and will kill off half of marine life at the rate we are going.)


Australian Energy Update 2017

The above chart is already much out of date. Wind and solar are making up the bulk of new electricity production (solar is 46% of new energy in recent years) and by May of last year renewables provided 17% of Australia’s total electricity production.

Categories: IraqWire, Leftward Blogs

Sexual ‘exploitation’ warning to driving instructors

BBC UK Ed. - 2 hours 59 min ago
Instructors are warned over relationships with young learner drivers and could be removed from the approved register.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Six things to expect at the 2018 Bafta Film Awards

BBC UK Ed. - 3 hours 9 min ago
Here are six things to expect from Sunday's ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Winter Olympics: GB's James Woods misses out on ski slopestyle medal

BBC UK Ed. - 3 hours 26 min ago
Great Britain's James Woods narrowly misses out on a medal in the men's ski slopestyle as Norway's Oystein Braaten wins gold.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Florida school shooting: Trump links FBI's missteps to Russia investigation

BBC UK Ed. - 3 hours 29 min ago
The US president says the agency is "spending too much time trying to prove" Russia-Trump ties.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Affordable homes shortage 'equivalent to size of Leeds'

BBC UK Ed. - 3 hours 31 min ago
The shortfall in England will soon be equivalent to a city the size of Leeds, a charity warns.
Categories: MediaTorrent

Wild Turkey

Minnesota Flickr - 3 hours 44 min ago

BP Gross Photography posted a photo:

#wildlifephotography #bpgrossphotography

Categories: Minnesnota

Wild Turkey

Minnesota Flickr - 3 hours 44 min ago

BP Gross Photography posted a photo:

#wildlifephotography #bpgrossphotography

Categories: Minnesnota
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