I came across two stores that deal with how we are using the resources of this world we all share.  One shows some are starting to get it right.  The other is the story of the many who are still getting it wrong.

1) ScottishPower is planning a tidal energy project that will supply all the electricity for one of Scotland’s most famous islands.

From a story in the Guardian by Tim Webb.


“ScottishPower is planning a tidal energy  project that will supply all the electricity for one of Scotland’s most famous islands, the Guardian can reveal.

The company is close to signing a supply contract with Diageo, the drinks group, to provide electricity from the project to eight distilleries and maltings on Islay – including the makers of the renowned Laphroaig and Lagavulin whiskies.

The 10MW tidal project, one of the world’s largest, will provide enough electricity for Islay’s 3,500 inhabitants for 23 hours a day.

ScottishPower will submit a planning application in the next couple of months and expects the ten 30-metre underwater turbines to be operational in 2011. The turbines will cost about £50m to install.

The tidal waters in the Sound of Islay, the channel dividing Islay from the Jura, move at up to three metres a second.

Energy companies and representatives from the Scottish government will publish on Wednesday a “marine energy roadmap” outlining how to reach the target of generating up to 2GW (2,000MW) of electricity from tidal and wave power by 2020. It will call for more grants and revenue support to enable developers to build commercial scale demonstration projects, such as the Islay installation, over the next two years.

2) Artist Chris Jordan, manipulates digital images of thousands — sometimes millions — of cigarette packs, pencils, drink containers and other artifacts of modern living to convey the massive scale of our impact on the environment.

From TED Talks: