Comment posted Wind energy may be controversial but the logistics and the skills are mesmeric by newsroom.
One of the issues here is the presence in Mongolia of rare earths.
Emerging economies like China’s are, at government level anyway, prepared to bear the environmental costs of market dominance.
In this case the environmental and health costs to humans and to wildlife come from the volumes of highly toxic fluid waste resulting from the process of separating the rare earths (which coexist); of which neodymium is used to make the substantial magnets needed in the turbines themselves.
As a major producer of rare earths, China – Mongolia – has also become a major manufacturer and supplier of turbines, contributing significantly to its dominance in this industry.
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- And that is the most serious concern. Ben Loyal and the Flow country?
- Thank you, Scots Renewables, we were about to do this when we saw you’d done it.
This is a valuable and detailed record and of interest to photographers as well.
- This is very much part of the scenario in this ‘industry’ that is of concern. ‘Here today gone tomorrow’ is a defining characteristic, along with bald-headed subsidy chasing.
And Vestas has proved a serial ‘here today gone tomorrow’ operator.
Corporate social responsibility doesn’t get off the page,
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- Jock Dempster: hell and healing – two voyages to Murmansk
Mrs Strachan, we’re sorry to have to tell you that Jock Dempster died at the start of May 2013.
If you contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project at Loch Ewe – via their website – http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/wp/ – they will be able to help you.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
We have had it confirmed by Councillor McCuish that he does not intend to stand in the by-election in Oban South and the Isles.
Here’s a thought.
Supposing Councillors McCuish and Devon did stand down for re-election in this ward….
That would leave this large and sprawling ward [which includes Tiree and Coll out in the Atlantic] for eight weeks or so – in the sole charge of Councillor Alastair MacDougall from Mull [and an alarm clock}.
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
The emergency diversion route is always available to the emergency services, even when it is closed to other traffic.
It has been engineered with strategic lay-bys to allow both emergency vehicles and convoy traffic to use, snabling the fastest passage through by emergency services, even when a convoy is on the route.
During the working up period of the road, we watched a test usage scenario with convoy traffic going one way and emergency vehicles going the other way.
It seemed to work efficiently on that occasion, with discussions going on between both parties at appropriate points of conjunction.
The communications between the convoy leader and the emergency servces are obviuosly important.
- UK response to the Russia-Crimea situation: selfies, posturing and dangerous old hat
It depends on the timeframe - but there was Ireland, a near neighbour invaded.
More recently, the virtually licensed gerrymandering of constituencies and electoral malpractice in Northern Ireland came too close for comfort to the description of the installation of a puppet government. What is Hamid Karzi in Afghanistan, if not a puppet? And the post Saddam Hussein Iraqi regimes?
And no one would claim that the UK has never sown minefields. We cannot adopt an attitude that sowing minefielde well out of our own range is OK where close to home is not.
When you live in a country, as we all do here, you understand it and you interpret what it does in the light of that understanding.
We need to understand that people who live in Russia - and the Crimea, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, America, North Korea, Israel, Pakistan... - all interpret their own countries' actions in the light of their insider understanding of it.
We all seem reasonable to ourselves - and we all have our minorities who see things differently and are as right or as wrong as the rest.
It's all about context.
Today's Sunday Times has a half page photograph of Vladimir Putin, photoshopped into a black and white outline, with a jutting AKA 47 [or such like] held at waist height – and against a background flooded in blood red.
We have to keeo our eyes open and see just how we are being manipulated into a fear of Russia and into a repeat cold war demonisation of a state that, in actuality, is working to secure itself against its genuine vulnerabilities.
As we have said above, it is in NO ONE’S interests to see a destabilised or weakened Russia and to see failing the country that is the agent of stability in Eastern Europe.
- A83 situation 7th March
Updates on A83 situation on 8th March are here: http://forargyll.com/2014/03/a83-situation-8th-march/
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