Apr 22 2017
Britain is set for its first day without electricity generation from coal-fired power stations since the country's industrial revolution in the 19th century, power grid operator National Grid said on Friday.
Reuters adds that past year, natural gas accounted for 42 percent of the country's electricity, with renewable and nuclear energy making up 45. This is part of the UK's commitment to phasing out the heavily polluting fossil fuel as part of its initiative to meet its climate targets, which now are to cut carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.
If Britain goes coal-less Friday, it will be the first time since the world's first centralized public coal-fired generator opened at London's Holborn Viaduct in 1882.
Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said the first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution "would mark a watershed in the energy transition".
Now let's see if we can keep it at zero.
Apparel retailer Bebe Stores says to shut all stores
The Company's product offering includes a range of separates, tops, dresses, active wear and accessories for a range of occasions. The company, with about 170 boutique and outlet stores, was trying to close the locations without filing for bankruptcy.
France's would-be presidents rally in Paris days before vote
Marchers handed out tracts denouncing the xenophobia and racism they associate with Le Pen and the party co-founded by her father. To appeal to a French audience to stop Le Pen, Oliver dimmed the lights, lit a cigarette, and gave a speech entirely in French.
Snapchat CEO said India "too poor" to consider expansion
Snapchat denies Spiegel said it. "Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone!" a Snap spokesperson said on Sunday in a press briefing. Interestingly, the whole news became more interesting with anti-Indian Kashmiri people giving Snapchat 5 stars.
"The first country to use coal for electricity is now on the cusp of being the first major economy to completely phase it out", said Ben Caldecott from the University of Oxford.
Fiddlers Ferry coal fired power station near Liverpool.
"The government talks of the need for "new" gas power generation and is concerned that the current capacity mechanism is not incentivising sufficient investment". In 2015 power generation accounted for 22.2 per cent of United Kingdom gas demand, the household sector 30.2 per cent and industry 20.2 per cent. A study by UKERC on the future role of natural gas in the United Kingdom highlights the complexities surrounding the role of gas in the ongoing low carbon transition.
As the most polluting fossil fuel, coal has seen a significant decline in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity production in 2016 and down from around 23% the year before, as coal plants close or switch to burning biomass such as wood pellets. While natural gas is cleaner than coal, it is still a fossil fuel.
Bradshaw believes that there are two possible paths if natural gas is to remain part of the solution, rather than the next problem. "But the Government cancelled its support CCS back in November 2015, for 'purely fiscal reasons.' Hopefully, support for CCS will form part of the new Industrial Strategy", he says.
Apr 22 2017
Taliban Kill 'More Than 50' Afghan Troops In Army Base Attack
Dozens of people have been killed by the Taliban in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan, US officials have said. The militant strike was carried out in Mazar-i-Sharif, at the headquarters of Afghan National Army's 209th corps.
Apr 21 2017
VP Pence arrives in Australia, last stop in Asia
He explained that the terror attack launched in Paris, France, was a warning that a terror attack can happen anywhere and anytime. Pence says Trump will also attend the East Asia Summit that follows the regional meetings in the Philippines that same month.
Apr 20 2017
Cruz: Close House race in Kansas 'a warning sign'
And the GOP has struggled to put away a trio of special election House races in districts where it won easily just last November. Estes was elected by a smaller margin than many Republicans would have liked, however.
Apr 20 2017
Phaneuf scores in OT as Senators tie series against Bruins
There is no question the Senators got off to the kind of start by outshooting the Bruins 10-3 and takig a 2-0 lead in the first . Anderson stopped all nine shots Boston sent his way in the third and Rask brushed aside seven to send the game to overtime.
Apr 20 2017
Westbrook breaks Robertson's record for triple-doubles
Though Denver's story ends before a stunned Pepsi Center, this night, this moment, belongs to Russell Westbrook . Denver will face Oklahoma City again on Wednesday in the season finale after playing in Dallas on Tuesday.
Apr 20 2017
US House panel to begin hearings on tax reform next week
President Trump has used the term "border tax" to refer to what is commonly known as a tariff on imported goods. Yet the intraparty politics surrounding the issue could be tricky.
Apr 20 2017
Asylum seekers crossing into Canada increase with warmer weather
In total, 1,680 asylum claims were made in March (whether inland or at a border crossing), up from 1,465 in February. All of the asylum seekers are from West Africa but police would not give their nationalities, genders or ages.
Apr 19 2017
Canada's Government Introduces Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
In the US , meanwhile, lawmakers introduced bicameral legislation this month aimed at reining in Washington's own pot prohibition. The marijuana will be available by way of a tightly controlled and regulated supply chain.
Apr 18 2017
Jimmy Fallon Set to Host Historic 'SNL' Broadcast
Saturday night was a huge night for Harry Styles - who made his long awaited solo performance debut on Saturday Night Live. Yep, it safe to say Harry Styles killed it on Saturday Night Live last night.
Apr 18 2017
Rogers Place sells 10000 at-home tickets for San Jose game
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Connor McDavid carried the Edmonton Oilers back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought. Kassian is the big surprise here, as his two points were both game-winning goals in low-scoring wins by the Oil.
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