U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain plans to generate a third of its electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030 and boost the value of exports of offshore wind services and equipment to 2.6 billion pounds ($3.4 billion) a year, the government said on Thursday.Britain, which aims to lift industrial productivity as it leaves the European Union, is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with almost 40 percent of global capacity. On and offshore wind turbines met 17 percent of UK power needs in 2018.Britain now has total installed wind power capacity of 20 gigawatts (GW), with offshore wind farms accounting for 8 GW. Offshore capacity will reach 30 GW by 2030 under the plan.The country also hosts the world’s largest wind farm, Orsted’s 659 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project, with 87 turbines, some of which can generate 8.25 MW each.Britain aims to close coal-fired power stations by 2025, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The failure of some nuclear power plans has also encouraged the focus on offshore wind to fill the potential power gap.More: Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030last_img read more

Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril

first_imgIndonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher’s block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.Somali’s sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation’s controversial dog meat trade.Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. ‘Tears in her eyes’Somali and about 30 staff at Pejaten Animal Shelter are struggling to care for a huge number of animals as donations plunge in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.The money is crucial to help cover upwards of $29,000 in monthly expenses, including employee salaries and the daily cost of half a metric ton of meat for the animals.Myriad breeds, including huskies, pit bulls, and German shepherds, roam the 5,000 square meter (54,000 square foot) shelter, which Somali started in 2009.She started confronting butchers after seeing a video of a pregnant dog about to be slaughtered.”Someone posted images of this crying dog on social media and I saw the tears in her eyes,” she said.”That’s when I became aware of the butchers.”Somali and her team rescued dozens of puppies bound for a local Korean eatery this month, but they don’t always make it in time.”I tried to reach the area but was told that the dog had already been (killed),” she said of one recent dash to a butcher’s shop.”It was a minute too late.”Animal welfare groups estimate as many as one million dogs are killed annually across Indonesia, with more than 100 restaurants in Jakarta alone serving their meat, according to government figures.Dog is often a culinary specialty among Indonesia’s non-Muslim minority groups.The animals are considered unclean in Islam and rarely kept as pets in Muslim-majority countries.Indonesia is relatively relaxed by comparison, but working at the shelter can still be tricky for Muslim volunteers like Ria Rosalina.”Many people have asked me why I take care of dogs but also wear hijab,” she said, referring to the religious head-covering worn by many Indonesian women.”But I don’t care. I just tell them that dogs were created by God, just like humans.”Snatched and killedThe plight of Indonesia’s dogs isn’t limited to the megacity capital.Animal welfare organization Four Paws has warned that thousands of strays in Bali were at risk of starving or being snatched by dog meat traders, as a plunge in tourism hammers the holiday island.It is also a growing problem in other parts of Southeast Asia as traders prey on owners facing hard economic times, said Katherine Polak, a veterinarian with Four Paws.”Animals are at a very heightened risk,” she said.”Some low-income people might be tempted to sell their pets.”For years, activists have called on the government to halt Indonesia’s dog meat market — a goal shared by Somali.”Ending the dog meat trade may sound like a dream but everything starts from a dream,” the shelter owner said.”I’ll always keep fighting.”Topics : Somali — who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital — started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago.Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat.The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often unfriendly butchers, sometimes paying them cash or supplying other meat to secure the animals’ release.”The real battle isn’t rescuing them from butchers, although that is always scary. The challenge is taking care of these dogs during the pandemic,” Somali said.last_img read more