Monthly Archives: December 2010

Power from the Glens

Scotland is not new to renewable energy – 35% of Scotland’s renewable electricity comes from Hydro Power schemes, some dating back to the 1920s and 1930s but most, such as Loch Sloy, from the 1950s. Construction of the scheme: reading

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Give Peace A Chance

John Lennon was murdered 30 years ago today. But his legacy lives on.  His aspirations and the messages in his songs are as relevant now as they were when they were written.  His call has been answered in many quarters … Continue reading

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Blue Marble

Space – The Final Frontier If it weren’t for our our exploration of near space would we be aware of the environmental damage we cause to our planet?  Taken from the Apollo 17 mission on December 7th 1972 the famous … Continue reading

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Sea Snake

Back to the renewable energy theme, this time with the Pelamis Sea Snake.  The amount of electricity generated by this technology will be variable to a certain extent depending on the swell of the sea but it is likely to … Continue reading

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Scotland’s First Passivhaus

This year, Scotland’s first Passivhaus project, Tigh-Na-Cladach, was completed.  The development of social housing near Dunoon on the Clyde Coast consists of 15 terraced properties.  The developer, Fyne Homes, worked woth Professor Deveci of Robert Gordons University on the scheme … Continue reading

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Simple Solutions

We take it for granted. Water: it is there at the turn of a tap – hot or cold and most importantly safe, clean and pure. But not for all; many millions of people spend a large part of their … Continue reading

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Winds of Change

In Scotland we have the capacity for almost 4GW of renewable energy, mainly from wind and hydro sources. Wind accounts for 60% of this capacity and hydro 35% with a variety of sources including biomas, wave and tidal making up … Continue reading

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The 2nd Day of Advent – Osprey

Ospreys were persecuted into extinction in the UK, where they were shot for taxidermy or had their eggs stolen by collectors. Around 50 years ago Scandinavian ospreys began breeding in Scotland.  At this stage intensive protection measures began, including 24 hour observation … Continue reading

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The 1st Day of Advent – The Horned Beast

Rather than the traditional Nativity scenes or miniature chocolates, this advent calender features a selection of pictures and videos relating success stories in conservation and the environment. These stories demonstrate what can be achieved.  Of course more needs to be … Continue reading

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