Archive | Europe RSS for this section

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity — Quartz

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%. Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.

Source: Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity — Quartz

How the River Thames was brought back from the dead ©BBC

Sixty years ago, nothing could survive in the Thames – but today it is home to seals, porpoises and even the occasional stray whale

Source: BBC – Earth – How the River Thames was brought back from the dead

Graphs of the Day: The success of Germany’s energy transition • © [reneweconomy.com.au]

There is a great debate about the success or otherwise of Germany’s Energiewende, or Energy Transition. Most of it is uninformed, and much of it is fuelled by the nuclear and coal industries, which have most to lose from the push into renewables by Europe’s most successful economy.

This series of graphs shows how the renewable targets are on track, have lowered emissions, decoupled energy consumption from economic growth, pushed wholesale prices down to record lows, and are now pushing retail prices down. And it has done some interesting things to the energy mix.

The graphs were prepared in a report by Agora Energiewende, a Berlin-based think tank whose former head Rainer Bakke is now the chief advisor to Germany’s energy and economics minister on the future of the Energiewende.

The first graph shows that the renewable target is still on track. This graph shows the target for 2025, and that will continue to a target of 55-60 per cent by 2035, and 80 per cent by 2050.

via Graphs of the Day: The success of Germany’s energy transition : Renew Economy.

Bleak figures show a relentless slide towards a low-pay Britain | ©[theguardian.com]

Bleak figures show a relentless slide towards a low-pay Britain | Business | The Observer

The graph […] may resemble a mountain range, all plunging valleys and soaring peaks. In fact, it tells a remarkable story of social and economic change, a story that ends bleakly for millions of medium and low-paid Britons – one of relentless forces cutting deep into occupations that have traditionally made up our economic landscape, and driving ever lower the real wages of all but the most fortunate and best-paid of the country’s employees.

via Bleak figures show a relentless slide towards a low-pay Britain | Business | The Observer.

UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – ©[theguardian.com]

UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – tech experts | Technology | The Guardian

The UK government should establish an expert technology ethics body to help address complex challenges, including health monitoring, autonomous vehicles and legal disputes such as the right to be forgotten, an independent review has recommended.

The ethical body, which would be similar to those in medicine and academia, is just one of a slate of wide-ranging recommendations in the Making Digital Government Work for Everyone review published on Tuesday, which explores how technology and digital services could be better used to help citizens.

Commissioned by Labour and written by an independent panel of more than 20 advisers and volunteers, the review has been in progress since December 2013.

via UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – tech experts | Technology | The Guardian.

This quote about Putin’s machismo from Angela Merkel is just devastating – ©[vox.com]

This quote about Putin's machismo from Angela Merkel is just devastating - Vox

The incident of Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and the dog is a famous one. It was 2007 and Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, was visiting Putin at his presidential residence in Sochi to discuss energy trade. Putin, surely aware of Merkel’s well-known fear of dogs, waited until the press gathered in the room, then called for his black Labrador to be sent in. The Russian president watched in unconcealed glee as the dog sniffed at Merkel, who sat frozen in fear.

Later, in discussing the incident with a group of reporters, Merkel attempted an explanation of Putin’s behavior. Her quote, reported in George Packer’s recent profile of Merkel in the New Yorker, is one of the most pithily succinct insights into Putin and the psychology of his 14-year reign that I have read:

I understand why he has to do this — to prove he’s a man,” Merkel said. “He’s afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.”

via This quote about Putin’s machismo from Angela Merkel is just devastating – Vox.

How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms [impactlab.net]

Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and scholar, is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. He is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation. Sahlberg is now a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has written a number of important posts for this blog, including “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools,” and “What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform.”

In this post Sahlberg writes about what constitutes real education innovation, a topic that was the subject of a recent eport by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, about which I wrote and questioned here. Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.

via How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms | Impact Lab.

Le Comptoir

« Le comptoir d'un café est le parlement du peuple » Honoré de Balzac

Rapid Innovation in digital time

Accelerating Innovation in harmony

Bibliothèque de combat

Amassez des trésors dans le Ciel (Mt 6, 20)

Le coin lecture d'Arsène

La sélection du CDI décortiquée pour vous !

Finn Årup Nielsen's blog

A fine WordPress.com site

Monsieur Samovar

Je serre l'Éducation Nationale et c'est ma joie.

Ours vert

Quelques élucubrations jetées à vau l'eau

Féministes Debout

Commission Féminismes de Nuit Debout Paris

Gazette Debout

Journal indépendant de la Nuit Debout

jlsagotduvauroux

Penser l'émancipation, décalcifier les perspectives

theCHIVE

Funny Photos and Funny Videos - Keep Calm and Chive On

Online Journalism Blog

Comment, analysis and links covering online journalism and online news, citizen journalism, blogging, vlogging, photoblogging, podcasts, vodcasts, interactive storytelling, publishing, Computer Assisted Reporting, User Generated Content, searching and all things internet.

Market in Startup

Expériences Marketing en Startup

ThéâToile

Du théâtre au cinéma mais toujours des étoiles plein les yeux

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 36 other followers