Home-improvers

“A single family of beavers removed high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from water that flowed through a 2.5 hectare enclosure in Devon. … The dams had trapped more than 100 tonnes of sediment, 70 per cent of which was soil, which had eroded from ‘intensively managed grassland’ fields upstream.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/05/09/beavers-reduce-river-pollution-building-dams-study-shows/

“The UK nuclear industry is also grappling with spiralling decommissioning costs, with the head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority this week suggesting leaving behind ‘industrial clutter in a few places’ as a way of saving money – and Government has agreed, issuing a consultation on lowering standards of decommissioning.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/05/09/government-says-it-could-put-nuclear-waste-dump-under-national-parks/

Someone, somewhere in the UK government, is pondering whether to grant (once native before being hunted to extinction by us) beavers ‘resident’ status in England on condition they sort our nuclear mess.

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British Psycholeum

“BP’s claim that “in most instances, the increased activity associated with cleanup operations will be a welcome boost to local economies”.
BP also claimed it had not identified any social impacts arising from the event of a diesel spill and “since there are no unresolved stakeholder concerns … BP interprets this event to be socially acceptable”.” https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bp-claims-an-oil-spill-off-australia-s-coast-would-be-a-welcome-boost-to-local-economies-20180406-p4z867.html

The moral justification for polluting: keeping someone in a job.

Alleged myths

“A [UK government] Business and Energy Department spokesman said: ‘There are a lot of myths about the alleged risks of fracking that are not backed up by evidence, and this survey shows that the vast majority of people asked said that they do not know a lot about it.'” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/03/public-support-for-fracking-in-the-uk-at-record-low-official-survey-reveals

UK government: not listening to experts; not listening to citizens.

Somewhere, over the Radioisotope…

“The Moorside [nuclear] Power plant is slated to be completed in Cumbria’s rural landscape in 2024. A creative design competition, sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute, called on designers to submit creative landscape proposals for the project. … The cherry on top of [one top five] design is clearly the massive man-made rainbow that would arch over the landscape. Two large glass prismatic towers would be placed on opposite sides of the project and would use light and mist to create a continual rainbow, … ‘helping the power station blend in with the stunning scenery in the region, whilst providing a place for people to visit and learn about NuGen’s advancement of safe nuclear science and power.'” http://inhabitat.com/upcoming-nuclear-power-plant-in-the-uk-may-shoot-giant-rainbows-into-the-sky/

The plant is expected to become a top destination for tourists, who can look forward to being guided around the showcase site by a unicorn with liberal sprinkles of magic dust.

Radioactive decay

“Westinghouse and its parent Toshiba are in crisis because of massive cost overruns building four ‘AP1000’ nuclear power reactors in the southern US states of Georgia and South Carolina. … Toshiba says Westinghouse had debts totalling US$9.8 billion. …
Westinghouse is the major member of the Nugen consortium that’s set to build a massive three-reactor AP1000 nuclear complex at Moorside in the UK, next to the Sellafield site. The company has already stated that while it intends to progress the project through planning stages, it is unable to take on financing or construction and intends to sell its share.
Nugen’s other member, the French energy company Engie (formerly GDF Suez) has also gone on record as wanting to extricate itself from the Moorside project in favour of the ‘new energy’ economy based on renewable, storage and smart grid technologies. …
The UK’s Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) today – with impeccable timing – accepted the AP1000 design as “suitable for construction in the UK” and issued Westinghouse a Design Acceptance Certificate.” http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988820/toshibas_nuclear_flagship_goes_bust_after_10_billion_losses.html

The UK government still hopes to save the nuclear industry by unveiling miracle cutting edge technology that uses radioactive heavy ironium.

Whoilwind

“…with the discovery of substantial new [oil] reserves 60 miles west of the Shetland Isles.
Hurricane Energy, which made the find, hopes to begin extraction of a projected one billion barrels of oil in 2019.” https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10643/largest-undeveloped-oil-field-discovered-west-shetland-isles

The offshore energy company was named for the exciting new weather features it hopes to herald by liberating more fossil fuels.

Earth ours

“Earth Hour was first unveiled by an Australian ad agency in 2007, when global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide had reached 385 parts per million, their highest level in some four million years. Since then, CO2 levels have broken through the symbolic 400ppm barrier and continue to rise sharply.
The impact has been stark. Eight of the 10 hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 2007. Last year smashed all previous records, pushing Earth systems into what the World Meteorological Organisation this week called ‘truly uncharted territory’.
If homo sapiens really has the wit and ambition to survive this century, from here on every hour has to be Earth Hour.” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/lights-out-at-earth-hour-don-t-waste-your-energy-1.3022129

Blogging on battery power seems a decent analogy for stealing resources from our future selves.