News In Brief 7 August 2017


London is to spend £4.5 million by the end of 2018 to double the number of on-street electric vehicle charging points to around 1,500. The 25 of the capital’s 32 boroughs will each receive up to £300,000 of government cash to install the standard charging points, which take between four and eight hours to charge a family car, in residential areas.


IKEA are planning to sell solar storage batteries provided by Solarcentury, the UK’s biggest solar supplier, and says its solar and battery offerings will start from £3,000, depending on location, type of building, and ease of installation. IKEA and Solarcentury say users could save up to £560 per year, in part because the average home with solar sells its surplus energy back to the National Grid at a loss. IKEA also estimates the average time to pay off the investment will be 12 years.


The broadband gap in Llanarth, in rural Monmouthshire, is set to be plugged by TV broadcast frequencies left over from the digital switchover. Domain name registry firm Nominet is partnering with telecoms firm Broadway Partners to roll out the scheme, which will see TV white space used to send a high-speed broadband signal from a standard mast. White space uses the spare spectrum in the UHF band, no longer needed for television broadcasts following the digital switchover. Llanarth is the second community to take part in the scheme, which is already up and running on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.


There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century, according to new research. According to this, global trends in the economy, emissions and population growth make it extremely unlikely that the planet will remain below the 2°C threshold set out in the Paris climate agreement in 2015. This target is barely plausible, the new research finds, with just a 1% chance that temperatures will rise by less than 1.5°C.



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