According the Swedish magasin ”Miljöaktuellt” the Russian Greenpeace together with WWF and researchers from Informatica Riska Center examined what would happen if there was an accident on Gazprom’s giant oil rig Prirazlomnaya in the Arctic. The conclusion they drew was that a sensitive natural area the size of Ireland and 3,000 km of coastline could be affected by major oil spills.
On the giant rig the emergency material consists of 15 shovels, 15 buckets and a sledgehammer. (Unfortunately the article is in Swedish)

I wonder – is that typical only for the Russians or can we see the same over the world?

Energy Efficiency Directive.

This summer EU agreed upon a new Energy Efficiency Directive. (The link is to an interesting article about the directive.)

The goal is still to saving 20% of the Union’s primary energy consumption by 2020, but it fails to achieve it, the Parliament’s chief negotiator has warned.

Personally I like one of the demands, the one concerning installing individual meters for heat and hot water. I think it is important to measure the consumption individuality so it provides an incentive for saving energy.

However – it says ”when it’s technical possible, financially reasonable and in proportion for the saving” – that sentence will not encourage landlords to offer individual measurements..
But for new construction and major renovations, it should always be installed.

In Sweden, the cost for heat and hot water are often included in the rent the tenant pays and the result is that the tenant do not know how much energy he/she consumes.

The autumn is on it’s way!

We who are working in the project NNCC have now returned from our holidays and we are ready to start planning for the coming activities.

Personally I have had a really nice holiday, staying at home and spending my time in the garden.I like gardening, even though I mostly grow things that are possible to eat. Since I am living at the Arctic circle every year contains one experiment to see if it is possible to grow here.
This year it was artichoke: – it didn’t work out! But the garlic that I put in the soil last autumn seems to be growing really nice.

I saw in the news that now they also grow strawberries in Greenland.
For the first time ever the berry grew in the south of Greenland.
(The link is in Swedish) The average temperature in Greenland has warmed with 2 degrees – at least – according to the researchers.

So, we have a lot of work ahead!
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