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The largest wind turbines in the world are now operating off the coast of the UK, one rotation can power a single house for 29 hours.

Dong Energy, the Danish company that installed them, confirmed that the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm extension in Liverpool Bay was now fully operational.

Made up of 32 8MW wind turbines, the extension will be able to power over 230,000 homes.

Towering at an incredible 640 feet and sporting blades some 262 feet in length these wind turbines are larger than some skyscrapers and have the ability to power a house for 29 hours through just a single rotation.

To put that into perspective, just one of these turbines produces more electricity than the whole of the world’s first offshore wind farm, installed by Dong energy more than 25 years ago. huffingtonpost.co.uk
Newshub can reveal the cost to the New Zealand economy to meet Paris Agreement targets will be $1 billion every year for a decade

But that money won't be spent on reducing New Zealand's domestic emissions, it’ll go towards paying other countries to reduce their emissions.

In documents released under the Official Information Act, a briefing to Judith Collins on her first day as energy minister says the cost to the economy of buying international carbon units to offset our own emissions will be $14.2 billion over ten years.

Carbon trading is the process of buying and selling permits and credits to emit carbon dioxide.

In the documents, officials say "this represents a significant transfer of wealth overseas", and also warn “ an over reliance on overseas purchasing at the expense of domestic reductions could also leave New Zealand exposed in the face of increasing global carbon prices beyond 2030”. newshub.co.nz
An animal charity says cat owners need to "take responsibility" for the suffering their pets cause to wildlife.

South Essex Wildlife Hospital said it is treating up to 60 animals a day, mostly birds, which have been attacked by cats, of which about half die.

On Facebook, it urged people to keep their cats indoors to stop the "daily slaughter" and "ecological disaster".

The post has attracted hundreds of comments with many cat owners saying it is cruel to stop them going outdoors.

The hospital described the deaths of 37 birds in a single day as a "hoard of sacrifices to the cat gods" and said the charity's volunteers were upset and stressed. bbc.com
Australia’s offshore oil and gas regulator has refused to disclose the location and organisation responsible for the 10,500-litre oil spill into the ocean in April 2016.

An offshore oil and gas well in Australia leaked oil continuously into the ocean for two months from February to April 2016 but brief information about the oil spill was only released this month in the annual offshore performance report by National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

But the report did not provide detail when the spill took place or who was responsible, noting that it had been identified during a routine inspection, reported The Guardian.

As tabloid asked about the discharge, Nopsema said the leak went on for two months, at a rate of about 175 litres – equivalent to a bathtub’s capacity – a day, released an estimated 10,500 litres in total. thelogicalindian.com
Known for its gondolas, canals, and historic bridges, Venice now has an even more intimate relationship with water.

A giant pair of hands reaching out of the Grand Canal, the structure appears to support the walls of the historic Ca' Sagredo Hotel.

Aptly titled 'Support,' the piece was created in conjunction with London's Halcyon Gallery and can be seen reaching up at the Ca' Sagredo.

Meant as a warning of the existential threat facing cities like Venice, the work of art doubles as a call to action—a reminder that we, like the pair of giant white hands, can play a role in slowing global warming.  cntraveler.com
Emergency officials in British Columbia's Okanagan say "unseasonably warm weather" is expected to hasten upper level snowpack melt, possibly leading to more flooding from the region's already full rivers, creeks and lakes.

Environment Canada and the B.C. River Forecast Centre issued warnings for the region, which has been on alert for more than two weeks after a combination of snowpack melt, heavy rain and saturated soil flooded various parts of the Interior. 

"It's the kind of weather that we would normally want on a May long weekend," said Jason Luciw, spokesman for the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre. 

"But not the kind of weather you want to see when Okanagan Lake levels are where they're at."

Water levels on the lake have been inching towards flood levels not seen since 1948.  cbc.ca
Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday.

Provisional final figures showed support at 58.2 percent under the Swiss system of direct democracy, which gives voters final say on major policy issues.

The Swiss initiative mirrors efforts elsewhere in Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear power, partly sparked by Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Germany aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022, while Austria banned it decades ago.

"The results shows the population wants a new energy policy and does not want any new nuclear plants," Energy Minister Doris Leuthard said, adding the law would boost domestic renewable energy, cut fossil fuel use and reduce reliance on foreign supplies. ctvnews.ca
New coalmines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coalmines and to end public subsidies for coalmining.

The report comes as the Queensland and federal governments continue to push for the controversial Adani coalmine in the Galilee basin, signalling potential infrastructure support and “royalty holidays”.

The government’s support for the mine, which would be the biggest in Australia, has been met with a fierce campaign of resistance from environmental, legal, social justice and human rights groups.

“Renewables are the clear answer to bringing electricity to those who currently live without it,” the report says.

“The real cost of burning more coal will be measured in further entrenched poverty – through the escalating impacts of climate change and humanitarian disasters, increasing hunger and deaths and disease caused by pollution.” theguardian.com