Report: U.K. Can Go Straight From ‘Coal To Clean’

first_imgReport: U.K. Can Go Straight From ‘Coal To Clean’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The U.K. has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued. The gap can instead be filled by renewables, battery storage and flexible technologies, allowing the U.K. to go from “coal to clean” and skip new gas completely, according to a report by the environmental group.The analysis challenges the orthodoxy that phasing out coal will require large new gas plants. Gareth Redmond-King, the WWF’s head of climate and energy, urged ministers to ensure the review does not open the door to gas.He said: “If we don’t need large-scale gas, if it can’t compete with renewables and there’s no need for it, why would you need a route to market for it? It is essential the government does not substitute one dirty power source for another.”The last large gas plant to be built in the U.K. was in Carrington in 2016 – the first since 2012.Using official government forecasts, the WWF found that the growth in electricity produced by wind, solar and other renewables would more than replace the lost power from old coal plants. Around 95% of that renewable energy capacity is already being built or contracted under government subsidy deals. Most of the growth will come from windfarms out at sea.The government has allocated a £557 million pot of funding for more renewables subsidies between now and 2025. That should bring forward the remainder of the new capacity needed as coal drops off the grid.More: ‘From Coal To Clean’ – UK Does Not Need To Turn To Gas, Says WWFlast_img read more

Peabody’s domestic thermal coal sales down sharply in first quarter

first_imgPeabody’s domestic thermal coal sales down sharply in first quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Despite drops in coal shipments and revenues in the first quarter driven by multiple weather and market related disruptions compared to the year-ago quarter, Peabody Energy executives remain optimistic about future global demand and need for coal, particularly in the developing Southeast Asian countries.“In 2019, we expect retirements and gains by natural gas to continue to weigh on coal demand. CEO Glenn Kellow said. “On the other hand, strong seaborne pricing provides an outlet for US thermal exports.”Peabody’s total coal sales were 40.5 million [short tons (st)] in Q1, down 16.1% from Q1 2018, while revenues for the producer in the first quarter were $1.25 billion, down 14.4% from the year-ago quarter.Peabody’s total thermal operations sold 33.2 million st in Q1, down 18.6% from Q1 2018. Powder River Basin shipments were 25.3 million st, down 22% year over year given winter weather and flooding affecting rail performance.The producer’s Midwestern US operations shipped 4.2 million st, down 10.6% from the year-ago quarter, while its Western US operations sold 3.7 million st, flat from Q1 2018.Thermal sales projections for 2019 from the PRB are 105 million st-115 million st at an average price of $11.25/st, ILB of 17.5 million st-18.5 million st at an average price of $42/st and Western of 11 million st-12 million st.More: Peabody coal sales and revenues drop on year; global demand expected to remain strong: executiveslast_img read more

Hoop Dreams

first_imgMy mom was right. After age 40, things begin to shift. My waistbands feel a bit tighter, and my c-section scar seems to bulge out a little more than usual. I don’t feel quite as comfortable running in just a jog bra and shorts—a conservative singlet seems more appropriate. Although running is great for maintaining overall fitness, the fact is, it doesn’t do much for the belly area.I guess I could cut down on my daily ice cream intake, but that doesn’t feel like a great option. Of course there are the various attempts I have made at core strengthening exercises—doing yoga at sunrise, practicing Pilates in front of the TV at night, even squeezing in two minutes of push-ups and crunches in between meetings at work. My husband is a dedicated practitioner of core work: every evening he comes home from work and heads straight down to the basement to knock it out. Me, I’m not so disciplined. If I’m going to do core exercises, I want immediate results. If that’s not possible, it had better at least be fun.Given my resistance to any sort of formal core work, imagine my excitement when my friend Barbara invited me to a beginner’s hula hoop class. I checked out the website, which promised that hooping would “tone and strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and develop core strength.” One of the testimonials described hooping as “a fun way to lose weight, get in shape and feel good about yourself, all while you are having fun!” Okay, I thought, I’m not the most coordinated kid on the block, but I’ll give it a try.When we arrived at the studio, we were immediately greeted by dozens of beautiful, brightly colored hoops. It was obvious that these weren’t the hoops of our childhood. There were weighted hoops, glow-in-the-dark hoops with LED lights, and hoops filled with water. Before getting to take any for a test spin, however, we learned a bit about the history and culture of hooping. That’s right—it’s not called hula hooping any more. The activity—part sport, part dance—that has been around for thousands of years (Egyptians made hoops out of grapevines 3,000 years ago) and became a pop craze in the United States in the late 50s has evolved into much more. It is now a culture, brought back in the mid-90s by The String Cheese Incident. Hoping to get more people dancing at their shows, members of the jam band threw dozens of hoops into the crowd at the Telluride Music Festival, igniting a movement that is now present at festivals and shows across the country.From the looks of our teacher, professional hooper Melanie MacNeil, Barb and I were in for more than an exercise class. Decked out in bright shimmering clothing that revealed elaborate tattoos underneath, she moved with a dancer’s grace. Melanie began by teaching us beginner’s moves, the spinning hoops and swaying hips that we remembered from childhood. Nothing to it, I thought, especially using Mel’s custom-made, adult-sized hoops. Just when I was thinking I had conquered the hoop, however, she upped the ante and added more complex movements. Hooping with our eyes closed. Hooping while walking. Hooping on one leg. Putting our arms inside the hoop and easing the hoop up to our necks. How was it that she made it all look so easy, so fluid? We were supposed to holler or make a silly noise every time our hoop hit the ground, and soon yelling and laughter overshadowed the funky music accompanying our dance.After an hour of hooping, we were all sweaty, tired, and exhilarated. It was easy to understand how this child’s toy could also be a workout tool. The circular motion of hooping gets all of your core muscles working, including muscles in your abdomen, back, pelvis, and hips. Even my arms were burning. Still, the feeling was different than that you get from a typical gym workout. Maybe it was the music, maybe the moves, the likes of which one NPR commentator described as, “sexy, gymnastic, and mystical”—whatever it was, I felt relaxed and young again.Professional hoopers like Melanie know full well about the emotional and spiritual aspects of hooping. For her, viewing hooping as a fitness routine would be like Tiger Woods describing golf as his hobby. Melanie’s passion for hooping has been a journey that has allowed her to follow her heart’s work of promoting movement as a mode to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In addition to the physical benefits, she talks about how hooping “creates a mind-body awareness, increases personal empowerment and inward focus, breaks down the ego, and opens channels of energy.” How many exercise programs do all this?Now, armed with my custom-made glittery pink and black hoop, I can be seen practicing my moves in the yard nearly every afternoon. My abs are sore, my hips and legs are bruised from the hoop banging against them (yes, it’s possible to spin the hoop on your legs; no, that’s not what I was trying to do). My daughter says I’m embarrassing myself in front of the entire neighborhood, but I don’t care—it’s fun. Will I develop abs of steel? Maybe. Will I develop into a hooping goddess like Melanie, with flowing, mystical moves? Probably not. But I will have fun as I try. •Melanie MacNeil teaches hoop classes in Asheville and performs across the Southeast: www.ashevillehoops.com.last_img read more

Review: First Ascent Heyburn 2.0 Ski Pant

first_imgBorn in 1900, Eddie Bauer the man invented the down jacket, held over 20 patents on sporting equipment in the 1930s, and – for better or worse – single handedly popularized badminton in America. Born in 1920, Eddie Bauer the company started as a tennis shop, outfitted the U.S. Army, and equipped the first American ascent of K2 and Everest among other expeditions. The company was sold and bought several times over during the freewheeling 1980s, and eventually went bankrupt in 2009. Rising from the ashes, Eddie Bauer the company sought to regain its mountaineering and expedition heritage with the launch of sub-brand First Ascent, dedicated to producing technical outerwear for the most hardcore alpinists and adventurers in the world, many of which they hired as ambassadors and consultants.Getting back to one’s roots can be liberating – the philosophy and plan are all laid out by past generations, all you have to do is execute a modern version – and it has paid off for Eddie Bauer. The First Ascent line was created by athletes, for athletes, a trite cliché in the outdoor gear market for sure, but significant in this case none the less. Re-engineered from the ground up, the Heyburn 2.0 ski pant is a fine example of the commitment to its technical outerwear past and the attention the First Ascent team pays to detail.First Ascent Heyburn 2.0 Pant Review from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.The Heyburn’s exterior is made from a waterproof 70-denier shell and rates at 10K/10K – without getting too technical, this means its pretty good at keeping water out while letting moisture escape – and finished with DWR for extra water resistance -ness-ability. Two cargo pockets flank each leg and the hand pockets are fleece lined for comfort. Zippered vents in the inner thigh help regulate temps on the slopes and the boot gaiters are adjustable to accommodate any size ski or snowboard boot and still keep the snow out. These are crucial features, but the Heyburn really shines when you take a closer look at the little details that matter, but may not be noticed at first.Take the waist for example: with the adjustable, stretch heavy duty Velcro inner belt, you can cinch the waist to optimize the fit. The seat of the pant extends up the lower back and is doubly stiff to add extra protection against the elements, especially for snowboarders who spend a lot of time on their backside. Small loops integrate with a jacket’s powder skirt so nothing can get in, even when you scorpion into a tree well on a powder day. The bottom cuffs are lined with Cordura to prevent any fraying and the insides are double lined so they won’t get cutup by boot buckles, giving the pants extra life and more bang for the buck. Added insulation at the seat and knees keep you warm when riding the lifts or waiting for your buddies at the lodge. The fit is relaxed, but not so baggy that it gets in your way and the color options range from conservative navy blue to howling neon green.Individually, these features are nice, but throw them all together and they are great. It’s great to have a warm butt and watch water bead up on your thighs on a chair lift; it’s great to not have snow down your crack when you strap on your bindings; it’s great to not have to roll up your cuffs so they don’t get ruined by a mix of dirt, gravel, and salt while grabbing a slice in the village. Basically it boils down to having a piece of gear you don’t have to worry about: like a boxing referee, if you notice it, it’s not doing its job. You won’t notice the Heyburn pant while your riding, and that’s a good thing. If you choose the limeade color, however, people will surely notice you.$199; eddiebauer.comlast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Catch the Waypoints Fly Fishing Film Tour

first_imgWAYPOINTS | 2 MIN Trailer from CONFLUENCE FILMS on Vimeo.Steelhead, payar, golden mahseer, oh my! The world premiere of Waypoints, the latest fly fishing film from Confluence Productions, is coming to both Harrisonburg and Blacksburg, Virginia this Friday, November 8th. The film features destinations such as Alaska, India, and Chile. The folks from Confluence are anticipating somewhere between 50-100 screenings on this specific date throughout the country, so get ready for the biggest night of fly fishing!Tickets are $10 and available at both Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and Clementine’s in Harrisonburg. In Blacksburg, the screening will be held at Virginia Tech’s campus in the Squires Student Union room.From Confluence Films: “Following in the footsteps of Confluence’s earlier releases DRIFT, RISE and CONNECT, WAYPOINTS is the most exotic, ambitious and in-depth feature-length project that Confluence has ever created. Shot around the world in both fresh and saltwater, locations include flats fishing St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, trout fishing the wilds of Patagonian Chile, coastal Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, the Himalayan rivers of India for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for saber-toothed payara. Confluence has become known for great stories, interesting character profiles, soulful interviews, an amazing diversity of species, and the finest cinematography in the world of fly fishing. WAYPOINTS delivers on all of these things and more. An incredible travel-logue-style fishing film that truly showcases not only the fly fishing lifestyle, but the journey itself as seen through the eyes of anglers Oliver White, Jeff Currier, Greg Bricker, Gerhard Laubscher, Rooster Leavens, and several other interesting and unique characters.”Show starts at 7pm with plenty of food and drinks to go around. The crew behind Waypoints promises this to be their finest, most exotic, and ambitious project yet. If you’re still not convinced, take a peak at the trailer here.  This isn’t a film to miss!View Clementine in a larger maplast_img read more

Gear Review: OGIO Endurance Athletic Bag

first_imgThere’s a slightly under-the-radar bag company out there that came to my attention last Fall as I was training for long road rides. They manufacture bags for everyone from golfers to X-Games athletes, triathletes, gym rats, and your everyday type athletes too.protection_caseThe Endurance Athletic Bag collection is available in three sizes (5.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0)
, but I’ve found the big daddy 9.0 is the way to go. Each piece is designed with thoughtfulness to maximize efficiency both in packing for a race or training day and also in transition zones for triathletes.Various compartments store everything from nutrition and hydration to shoes, helmet, clothing and electronics.Additional pockets built in to the 9.0 model include: changing mat compartment, nutrition organization panel, staging area hanger clip and race day checklist sleeve. There’s a very cool zippered bottom for holding a wetsuit or wet/dirty clothing. And I also really like the external water-bottle pockets.dual_waterbottleThe 9.0 can be worn as a backpack or thrown over the shoulder. Colors available include the new Gray/Electric, Magenta, Atomic, Acid, and Black. Materials are durable as one needs and expects in a performance bag like this.The bags retail for $90 – $160 and are available at sporting goods stores and online at OGIO.com.Runner lifelast_img read more

Beer Blog: Middle Aged Math and Mexican Chocolate Stout

first_imgMexican. Chocolate. Stout. Those are about the three most exciting words in the English language. Individually, they’re a bit ho-hum. But string them together and I get about as giddy as a preteen with Justin Bieber tickets in her back pocket.I saw those words on the chalkboard of Asheville’s newest brewery, Twin Leaf, last night and had to give it a go. I was tired and ready to go home, but you don’t come across a beer that decadent too often, so I felt obligated to indulge.We had finished the first road ride of the season just a couple of hours before. My group of riding buddies made the slow grind up Town Mountain to the water tower, then bolted immediately downtown for nachos and beer. Total ride time, just under an hour. Total distance, right about 12 miles with 1,000 feet of vert. What we’ve discovered as we approach middle age, is that it’s important to follow any sort of healthy pursuit immediately with an unhealthy reward. Booze, fried cheese, strip clubs…By our calculations, caloric intake of the reward should at least double the caloric output of the activity. I call it Middle Age Math.I’m sure the Mexican Chocolate Stout satisfied that caloric requirement all on its own. Twin Leaf brewed the stout with cocoa nibs, cinnamon and chiles de arbol, which aren’t as hot as cayenne peppers, so the beer wasn’t as spicy as you might think. It just had a little bit of backend heat, which I think came more from the cinnamon than the chiles. It was sweet, vaguely spicy, and entirely decadent—like drinking a slice of Mexican chocolate cake. It was the perfect way to end the night.There’s no way I could drink this beer every day. Okay, that’s not true, I could totally drink it every day. Luckily, most breweries keep these uber decadent chocolate stouts to limited, seasonal releases. You’ll have to make the trek to Twin Leaf now to try their Mexican Chocolate Stout, but there are other options. Pisgah is set to release their super popular Chocolatized Vortex II, a Russian Imperial Stout that’s soaked in chocolate nibs from French Broad Chocolate Factory before being bottled. Look for the beer in 22-ounce bombers and on tap around town.I recommend grabbing a handful of the bottles and saving a few for a rainy day. The beauty of Imperial Stouts is that they tend to get better with age. Just like the dudes in my group ride.last_img read more

Roanoke Go Outside Festival

first_imgRoanoke, Virginia’s annual Go Outside Festival is taking place this weekend, October 17-19. From live music to hiking, biking, and fishing to professional demos and craft beers galore, there will never be a dull moment. The top-notch musical acts this year include the Hackensaw Boys, Humming House, Blue Moonshine and Proverbial!Hackensaw_Boys_-_Promo_Photo_Hi_Res_mediumGates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and entry to this event is free of charge. That’s right, no tickets needed! Bring some cash for the delicious food and drink vendors, as well as the gear tents and a few competitive events if you so choose to participate.Camping is first come, first serve. There are a couple of designated areas: quiet, not-so-quiet, and RV. Check their site for a venue map.Kids are welcome and even have their own space to run free with activities like cardboard cave building, rock climbing, hula hooping, guided hiking, and more.The Go Outside Festival is pet friendly. To keep everyone happy and safe, be sure to have your dog on a leash at all times! There are even a few activities for your four legged friends.Everyone is encouraged to get involved, walk around, touch gear, try stuff out, and have fun.View GO Outside Festival in a larger maplast_img read more

THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News From The Blue Ridge And Beyond

first_imgAsheville, NC Man Swims 80-plus Miles Across Lake MichiganYou may remember Dr. Chris Lechner, an Asheville hand surgeon, from our article on his recent SUP journey along the entire length of the French Broad River back in June. As if that feat wasn’t impressive enough, Lechner is at it again. This time he ventured north to get his kicks and swam more than 80 miles across Lake Michigan. What’s more, he accomplished the amazing feat without the aid of a support boat, towing his safety gear—phones and an emergency beacon—on a  paddle board being him. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Lechner began his journey on Saturday at sunrise at Wind Point Lighthouse in Wisconsin and finished late Monday near Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Read the full article by Karen Chavez here.El Niño Could Spell Better Skiing Conditions for Southeast and MidatlanticThere’s been a lot of talk in the media recently about the strengthening El Niño event that could wreak havoc on upcoming weather patterns. Some are even predicting that this year’s El Niño could eclipse the worst on record, which happened back in 1997 and was personified by the late great Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.So what does it all mean? Well, it’s a fairly complicated weather phenomenon that, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, is characterized by unusually warm sea surface temperatures in equatorial portions of the Pacific Ocean. Somehow or another those unusually warm sea surface temps could translate into a colder, snowier winter for much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 2.41.43 PMSource: CNNAccording to OnTheSnow.com,  “skiers care about El Niño because a significant change in water temperature across a large area of the ocean affects weather patterns across the globe. There can also be cooler-than-normal weather across the southeastern U.S., which can help ski areas in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina with their snowmaking. If things come together just right, some storms can track up the East Coast and bring good amounts of snow to eastern areas of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.” Read more here.Duke Energy Proposes ‘Western Carolinas Modernization Project’Duke Energy is planning the construction of a 40-plus mile transmission line that will run from Asheville, North Carolina to Campabello, South Carolina. According to Duke, the proposed transition line is part of a broader effort to modernize power production and address the growing demand for electricity in Western North Carolina and the Foothills region of South Carolina.“A new approximately 45-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line will be constructed from the planned Foothills Substation located near Campobello, S.C. and connect to the Asheville Plant outside of Asheville, N.C,” the company said in a statement on its website. “These projects are critical to ensuring continued reliability of the electric system and maintaining the integrity of our transmission facilities that deliver power to homes, businesses and schools in this area.”Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 3.25.55 PMPhoto Courtesy of Duke EnergyDuke has encountered opposition to the proposed transmission line project. One Change.org petition titled “STOP the Duke Energy ‘Western Carolinas ‘Modernization’ Project” has garnered more than 4,000 signatures.“This ‘modernization’ project will deface and defile the Foothills of WNC and Upstate SC,” the petition reads. “Many of the communities and areas to be affected are not even serviced by Duke Energy.”According to WYFF4 “the project will require the purchase or seizure of properties and potentially even some conservation areas.”The public comment period for this project has been extended to August 31. Comments can be submitted here.Beyond the Blue RidgeAnimas River Reopened After Massive Waste SpillOn August 6, Environmental Protection Agency and contract workers at a defunct gold mine inadvertently unleashed 3 millions gallons of wastewater laden with arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals into Colorado’s Animas River, turning the popular waterway bright yellow and forcing the state close the river to all forms of recreational activity.Now the toxic plume has moved down river into Lake Powell and the Animas is open to recreation once again, but not before disrupting the lives of local raft guides and others who make their living from Animas River recreation.Check out this NPR interview with Alex Mickel, a rafting guide in Durango, Colorado, whose business was distributed as a result of the toxic spill.Two of Oregon’s Worst Dams are Coming DownThe Wimer and Fielder Dams were both constructed in the early 1900’s as irrigation diversion projects on Evans Creek in southern Oregon, a tributary of the Rogue River. In the 1980s the water rights to both the dams was abandoned and the large concrete structures were left defunct and unmaintained, acting as serious impediments for migrating coho and steelhead salmon.Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 2.08.33 PMThreatened coho salmon jump up against the Wimer Dam. Photo Courtesy of OPBAccording to a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting, “The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lists the Fielder and Wimer as two of the 10 worst barriers to fish passage in the state . This is significant, the reports says “considering there are more than 40,000 manmade obstacles on Oregon waterways.”Demolition of these two dams is still in the early phases but is scheduled for completions sometime in September. Once the dams are removed, salmon migration is expected to return at full force. Read more here.https://soundcloud.com/earthfix/dam-removal-in-southern-oregon-opens-up-70-miles-of-salmon-and-steelhead-habitatlast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Watch Massive Trout Explode on Top-Water Mouse Patterns

first_imgEver seen a giant trout take down a mouse fly? Maybe you’ve actually been on the business end of a fly rod when such an event took place. If you have you know that it’s one of the most exciting methods of fly fishing. Wether you’re fishing over cover on open water or nighttime casting on a river to nocturnal browns, there’s just something primal about enticing a wily old fish to emerge from the depths and slam a sub-surface fly. Check out a few of these videos of anglers doing just that in some of the world’s most heralded fly fishing destinations, and be sure to watch video number 5 for a useful tutorial on fly fishing mouse patterns.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMIZwCD1g8QOne of the top Western Alaska fly fishing destinations for salmon and trout fishing, we are located 318 miles WNW of Anchorage. The Aniak River, Alaska flows with diversity.It’s round two for Mighty Mouse in Western Alaska on the Aniak River.Fly fishing mouse patterns in New Zealand.The Upper Delaware River may be known for its hatches, but the resident trout aren’t shy about eating mammal flies.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yes9Yv4nE-QHow to Fish Mouse Retrieves for TroutMore from the Fridays on the Fly blog:last_img read more