Good News #3

I may have missed some of the news this month, what with the Olympics and everything. Luckily there was plenty of good news over in Rio. Congratulations Team GB! On the environmental side of things…

Giant Mumbai Beach Clean

The biggest beach clean-up in history occurred this month. UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh teamed up with Mumbai residents to clear up Versova Beach. Judging by this video they certainly had their work cut out.

Over their weekend, 500 volunteers spent 8 hours picking up litter, managing to clear a whopping 284,000 kg of it.

It’s all part of a citizens’ initiative to clean up the beach – a movement that was started by Afroz Shah, a local lawyer. The clean-up actually began 43 weeks prior and to date, over 2 million kilograms of litter has been cleared from the beach.

Here in the UK beach cleans happen throughout the year. September is the month of the Great British Beach Clean – the UK’s biggest with events all around the coast. If you’re feeling helpful you might like to join in.

World’s Largest Windfarm

The world’s largest ever offshore wind farm is to be built off the Yorkshire coast. The Hornsea scheme will boast over 300 turbines and generate enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes.

The news was well received after Dong Energy – the company behind the project – pulled out of a similar development on the Humber. Dong has already invested £6 billion in the UK and created thousands of jobs.

Ministers have claimed that this new windfarm will create up to 2540 jobs, along with providing a boost for British manufacturing and UK steel.

Batteries of the Future

Finally, a look to the near future with an interesting article on battery technology. It looks like the next energy revolution may only be five years away. It would allow energy generated by renewable sources to be stored for on-demand use.

The US Energy Department is funding projects to develop battery technology, with plans for new batteries including hydrogen bromide, zinc-air batteries, storage in molten glass and next-generation flywheels. Many new technologies claim to reduce the cost of energy storage by 80 to 90 percent.

We have a fighting chance of bringing down the capital cost to $100 a kilowatt hour, and that will change the world. It could complement wind and solar on a very large scale. – Professor Michael Aziz

It’s certainly the most interesting article I’ve read this month so be sure to check it out for yourself.

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