Scientific American recently published an article on how coal and gas fired plants are closing in Northern Europe as wind power progresses and cut electricity prices. This trend has repercussions in Baltic countries.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Boulogne sur Mer and visited the marvellous Côte d’Opale. I had two great summer days between Boulogne and Calais and strongly recommend this little trip if you are looking for enchanting places.
A thing that struck me there is the quantity of wind there is almost all the time. If the Côte d’Azur could and should benefit from solar energies (photovoltaic, thermal, concentrated), the Côte d’Opale should tap into its huge wind energy potential.
There are to date only four wind turbines in the harbour of Boulogne sur Mer (see photo). No doubt there could be many more.
Temperatures in northern Europe and parts of the United States are currently colder than average – see these articles from The Independant, Der Spiegel and the Washington Post. Given this, one can reasonably ask : Did the record Arctic melt triggered this cold winter ? To climatologists, it seems likely as previous studies have shown. … Read more
In the last few days Nordic countries have been making the climate headlines twice and both moves are interesting and show a real commitment towards slashing emissions and increasing sustainbility.
The first move was done by Finland as the country is willing to purely and simply abandon using coal by 2025. This energy source is accounting for around 11 percent of its electricity generation. (compared to around a third in EU27)
The second move came from Norway as it will double the carbon tax paid by its local oil companies to help developping nations cope with climate change
Meanwhile, the European Union still clings to cuts from 20 to 30 percent if other major emitters join them. It would be nice if our elected representatives increased their efforts on this most important matter.