World’s first floating farm makes a splash in Rotterdam harbor
Robie de Guzman • July 5, 2019 • 1565
The world’s first floating dairy farm has made a splash after moo-ving into position in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, with the new facility offering the Netherlands’ with a unique and alternative agricultural solution.
The farm’s first batch of residents, 32 cows, have set up home on the three-story-high farm structure, where they enjoy staying on the spacious barn of their 900-square-meter floating home.
Following a circular design principle, the farm enables the milk from the cows to be processed into dairy products and collects their manure at the same time.
The farm has also been designed to desalinate seawater and produces abundant energy thanks to its vast array of solar panels, with most of the facilities capable of operating in an unmanned status.
According to Peter Van Wingerden, the farm’s designer, thanks to its unique location, the complex is expected to shorten the distance between healthy food reaching urban consumers and will, therefore, realize a sustainable supply of the fresh food in densely populated cities.
“We also want to reduce transportation because now food is transported all over the world, with planes and ships and trucks, and that creates a lot of pollution. And it also creates food losses,” said Van Wingerden.
With the geographical conditions of the Netherlands meaning the country is susceptible to frequent floods and high tides due to rising sea levels, it is hoped the floating farm will aid the future transfer of traditional food production on land to rivers and the sea. (REUTERS)
Three people were injured in a Palestinian attack near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, according to early reports by the Israeli military on Friday (August 23).
A military spokesman said the attack was carried out near Dolev, a settlement northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
“Three people appear to be injured at the scene,” the spokesman said, adding that troops were searching the area.
Israeli news reports said the wounded were Israelis, and that Palestinians had thrown an explosive charge near a water spring popular with hikers in the hilly central region of the West Bank. The first reports came shortly after 10 a.m. (0700 GMT).
Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was treating three people in “serious condition”, including a 46-year-old man, a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman. (Reuters)
Russia showcased to the media the world’s first floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov on Thursday (August 22).
Crew on the Akademik Lomonosov are expected to leave Murmansk for a long journey along the Northern Sea Route to Chukotka in Russia’s far east.
Rosenergoatom deputy director Dmitry Alekseenko said at a news conference that the main advantage of the new type of nuclear plant is its mobility that allows it to reach any point with demand for energy. He also said that it would do no harm to the environment.
Critics, however, warily recall Soviet-era nuclear accidents and Russia’s naval disasters such as the loss of the nuclear-powered submarine Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea after explosions on board, killing all 118 crew.
In 2018 Greenpeace issued a statement calling Lomonosov a ‘nuclear Titanic’. (Reuters)
Bolivian firefighters continued battling on Wednesday (August 21) a series of wildfires ravaging swathes of the country from both land and air.
Using a helicopter to dump water on hot spots, firefighters also used dirt and sand to put out smaller flames in Santa Cruz. Television images showed flames dangerously close to the highway that leads to Brazil.
Bolivia’s government has reported that nearly 500,000 hectares of forest have been left charred from wildfires.
This week, authorities warned that 70% of Santa Cruz Department is under “extreme risk” from forest fires.
Environmental organisations have also warned of damage to more than 500 species of fauna, some endemic, after slash-and-burn tactics combined with dry conditions have caused dozens of forest fires in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday (August 21), President Evo Morales said measures are being stepped up to battle the fires.
Bolivia’s wildfires come as neighbouring Brazil also battles record-breaking fires in its Amazon. (Reuters)
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