- 15 July 2015 | Environment
Denmark produced 140% of its electricity needs through wind power.
On the 10th July 2015, the country enjoyed an unusually windy day and produced more energy than its domestic consumption. As a result, Denmark's wind turbines exported 40% of the surplus power to neighbours.
German and Norway received 80% of the excess wind energy, while Sweden took the 20% left. Denmark has more than 5,000 wind turbines across the country and in offshore platforms.
- 09 July 2015 | Environment
BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to the US government and five states to turn the page on one of the worst oil spill disasters of all time.
The supermajor oil and gas company had already paid $43.8 billion for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs. On April 20, 2010, an offshore explosion at the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Pacific Ocean.
In the next 18 years, BP will pay $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act fines and natural resource damages, plus $4.9 billion to states. It's the largest corporate settlement in the history of the USA.
- 07 July 2015 | Environment
Inka Reichert filmed "White Waves," a documentary about surfers fighting against unseen pollution in the waters of the Old Continent.
Litter, wastewater, plastic beads, industrial products and chemicals are invading the European seas and beaches. You simply can't ride waves without experiencing water pollution in your skin.
"Surfers want to surf 'White Waves' again. In some cases they reach their goal; in others, the polluters win. The documentary does not only show the contaminated waters of our seas, and why it is happening - it also aims to display the consequences and how to avoid pollution," explains Reichert.