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China: The World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant Is Finally Online
The world’s largest floating solar power plant is now online in China. Built by Sungrow, a supplier of PV inverter systems, the 40MW plant is now afloat in water four to 10 meters deep, and successfully linked to Huainan, China’s grid.
The placement was chosen in large part because the area was previously the location of coal mining operations; and, as a result, the water there is now mineralized and mostly useless. The lake itself was only formed after years of mining operations, the surrounding land collapsed and created a cavity that was filled with rainwater.
Floating solar plants are advantageous because they put otherwise useless water and land to good use, and the water naturally cools the system and the ambient temperatures, improving generation and limiting long-term damage from heat. They also avoid taking up space in densely populated regions, which is especially an issue in China ...
Read in full at futurism.com/the-worlds-largest-floating-solar-plant-is-finally-online/
#China #solar #energy #climate Sungrow Power
Image: World's largest floating solar power plant, China (c) Sungrow ... See MoreSee Less
13 hours ago ·
Cambodia: Court gives prominent timber trader two years in prison
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday handed a two-year sentence to 58-year-old Heng Samrieng, a prominent timber trader from Stung Treng province who was convicted on charges related to logging, theft and confronting officials.
At a hearing yesterday, Judge Pich Vicheathor ... also ordered Samrieng to pay a $12,250 fine, and noted that 1,301 pieces of timber and a van seized in the case would become state property.
* Corrupt Vietnam Gov’t officials cashing in on massive timber theft from Cambodia - ht.ly/UgSL30d0K9D
* EIA report 'Repeat Offender: Vietnam’s persistent trade in illegal timber' - ht.ly/7iBW30d0Kf6
Samrieng was arrested in October last year when she and seven accomplices entered the O Pong Moan Forestry Administration compound in Siem Bok district in the early hours of the morning and attempted to retrieve wood seized by authorities.
During the trial, she denied the charges, but admitted negotiating with a Military Police officer about obtaining the wood, claiming she was representing a Vietnam-based trader.
Read in full at www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-gives-prominent-timber-trader-two-years
#Cambodia #Vietnam #forests #deforestation #illegallogging
Image: Archive shot of illegally logged keruing, Cambodia, December 2016 (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
13 hours ago ·
Birds: Has Harry Potter mania cursed Indonesia's owls?
The number of owls traded illegally on Indonesian markets has risen sharply in the past two decades — and researchers think the popularity of the Harry Potter books and films may be fuelling the trend.
Anecdotal evidence from countries including India have previously suggested that demand for pet owls spiked with the popularity of Harry Potter, but a study of Indonesia’s bird markets — which are known for selling a variety of wild-caught birds as pets — puts numbers on the trend.
Wildlife researchers surveyed 20 bird markets on the islands of Bali and Java and say that the number of owls being sold has risen dramatically: from perhaps a few hundred a year before 2001 to 13,000 by 2016.
Owls also now make up a greater proportion of the birds on offer in the markets, researchers say. Before 2001 they accounted for less than 0.1% of birds being sold; last year, the share had risen to around 1.5% on some markets. The work is published in Global Ecology and Conservation.
Read in full at www.nature.com/news/has-harry-potter-mania-cursed-indonesia-s-owls-1.22198
#Indonesia #birds #owls #illegalwildlifetrade Harry Potter
Image: Owl for sale in a Malang bird market, Indonesia, by Andrea Kirkby, via Flickr ... See MoreSee Less
14 hours ago ·