WWF Comment – Cabinet approves third runway at Heathrow

Commenting on cabinet approving a new runway plan at Heathrow, James Beard, Climate Change Specialist at WWF said:

“Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing wildlife and people. The UK Government says it wants to move to a zero-carbon economy before 2050, yet they’ve given lift-off to a new runway at Heathrow. The UK Government has not committed to delivering the third runway within their legally binding climate commitments, agreed in Paris, because they know this is virtually impossible. For the sake of nature and future generations, MPs should reject the third runway in the vote later this month.”

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers responds to news that a third runway at Heathrow Airport is set to be approved by ministers

Heathrow Airport, aerial view of the southern runway with Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (left) and cargo terminal (right).

Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to news that a third runway at Heathrow Airport is set to be approved by ministers: 

“In 2015, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers drew attention to the wider questions concerning the building of a third runway at Heathrow Airport. These included the key issues of increasing capacity at Heathrow by the time the third runway is built and that we should also look at the possibilities for expansion at Stansted and Gatwick, with better rail links between our three main London airports. There is an increasing need for more integrated ground-based local transport systems that reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and are fit for the 21st century.”

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Airbus-built Aeolus wind sensor satellite ready for shipment

First ever satellite able to perform global wind component profile observation

ESA’s Aeolus will provide measurements on a daily basis in near real-time to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts

Toulouse, 05/06/2018 – Aeolus, the European Space Agency’s wind sensing satellite, is now ready for its upcoming launch. It will be shipped across the Atlantic on the Airbus vessel “Ciudad de Cádiz” to Kourou, French Guiana, where a Vega launcher will send it to orbit on 21 August. The instrument is so sensitive that it could be damaged by a sudden loss of pressure. For this reason, air transportation has to be avoided and for the first time Airbus will transport one of its satellites on-board its own vessel.

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  • Released 05/06/2018 12:48 pm
  • Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  • DescriptionLaunched on 25 April 2018, Sentinel-3B has already delivered some impressive first images from its ocean and land colour instrument, from its altimeter and from the optical channels of its radiometer. With the radiometer’s thermal-infrared channels now turned on, the satellite completes its set of firsts with an image that depicts thermal signatures over southern Italy, the Mediterranean Sea and Sicily – with the hotspot of Mount Etna clearly visible. This image shows the ‘brightness temperature’, which corresponds to radiation emitted from the surface. Further processing is needed to turn this into an actual temperature map. The land surface is shown in red–orange colours, corresponding to a brightness temperature range of 296–320K. The blue colours over the ocean correspond to a range of 290–295K. The dark blue–black areas correspond to clouds, which are opaque to thermal-infrared radiation and so prevent a view of the ocean or land surface.

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Iridium Continues to Attract World Class Maritime Service Providers for Iridium Certus

Second set of service providers joins the Iridium Certus program to deliver next-generation L-band satellite connectivity to the maritime industry

MCLEAN, Va., June 5, 2018 – Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that seven additional service providers have signed agreements to provide the Iridium Certus service for maritime applications. Globecomm, Network Innovations, Pivotel, MVS USA, IEC-Telecom, MetOcean and Samsan Enterprise Company now further broaden the base of Iridium’s distribution for its next-generation L-band broadband service.  These seven companies will play a critical role in delivering what will be the fastest and most competitive L-band satellite broadband solution to the maritime industry, enabling a truly global “connected ship” environment. This announcement comes shortly after Iridium became the second-ever recognized service provider for the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), ending a decades long industry monopoly and continuing the company’s maritime vertical momentum.  Iridium is now working to introduce GMDSS service as soon as possible.

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The Iberian Flame, A Thomas Kydd Novel

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The twentieth episode of the Kydd and Renzi sagas is another page-turning rollicking tale worth waiting for. When you are having fun, time flies by but it really doesn’t seem so long since the very first in the series ‘Kydd’ – Most Recommended.


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The Order of The British Empire

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Meticulous research, nicely produced, a comprehensive review of the origins and history of the OBE. The OBE is one of the most widely recognized Orders, introduced to provide recognition of civilians that also includes a Military Division – Very Highly Recommended.


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  • Released 04/06/2018 3:17 pm
  • Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by DLR/BIRA
  • DescriptionOn 3 June 2018, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite measured sulphur dioxide in the plume spewing from the Fuego volcano in Guatemala. The eruption has already claimed 25 lives and injured several hundred. It is reported to be Guatemala’s deadliest such event since 1902 when the Santa Maria volcano erupted and killed thousands of people. The Fuego volcano, which is less than 40 km southwest of the capital Guatemala City, also erupted in February this year and sent ash almost 2 km high. Yesterday’s event was much bigger with ash reaching 6 km high and hot rock and gas engulfing nearby villages.

 

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