Visitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal

first_imgU.S and Canadian walkers were given a taste of one of Donegal’s best walks during a recent visit to the local section of the International Appalachian Trail.Twenty walkers from the International Appalachian Trail and Northern Ireland enjoyed a hike at Leghowney (near Donegal Town) earlier this month.DLDC’s Inga Bock, Rural Recreational Officer and organiser of the International Appalachian Trail was delighted to welcome the delegates. The walk stretched from Kelly’s Bridge, Killeter to Leghowney Hall, with local walkers coming out to welcome the international visitors to the area. It was the end of a five day visit to Ireland North and South, discussing walking trails in the community and the knock on benefits economically to a region. The 5 day forum included walks along parts of the International Appalachian Trail on the island of Ireland, group discussions, presentations, local food and plenty of laughs.The International Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking trail in the world today. It is a long-distance walking trail that extends beyond borders to all geographic regions once connected by the Appalachian-Caledonian mountain terrain, formed more than 250 million years ago. Donegal was officially added to Appalachian Trail maps in 2010. “DLDC would like to thank everyone who took part and give a big Bualadh Bós to everyone including Regional Recreation Officer Inga Bock and James Mc Crudden National Chairman of Country Markets Ltd Association and Leghowney Country Market on organising such a successful international event,” a spokesperson said.“Thanks to everyone from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter of the IAT, IATNL, Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mountaineering Ireland, International Appalachian Trail of Ireland and all of the others who joined the event. Thanks also to Mark Flagler of Flagler Films who gave us permission to use his footage of the event.” This would not have been possible without the financial support of funders including: DLDC, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Mid & East Antrim Council and The Ulster Federation of Rambling ClubsVisitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:International Appalachian Traillast_img read more

Warriors report: Stephen Curry admired U.S. Open trophy

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – Below are some takeaways from the Warriors’ morning shootaround before the Warriors (9-1) host the Memphis Grizzlies (5-3) on Monday at Oracle Arena.Steph Curry has this look that he wants to win this U.S. Open trophy— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 5, 2018 Steph Curry admired some championship hardware at practiceThe Warriors’ star appeared motivated …last_img

Cities combat climate change

first_imgPublic transport is the best solution to reduce carbon emissions.(Image: CONTACTS • Brett HerronCouncillor: Cape Town Municipality+27 21 400 1384.• Quathar JacobsMedia Officer: WWF, South Africa+27 21 657 6600.Sulaiman PhilipThe city of Cape Town monitors sea levels and has begun education and awareness programmes highlighting the effects of raised ocean levels. In Johannesburg, the city is implementing a programme to harness the methane produced in landfills as a green energy source.Both municipalities are also improving their mass transit systems. They have identified traffic congestion and its contribution to carbon emissions as one area in which they can make inroads to help prevent climate change in the medium term.These initiatives and other green programmes have put the cities in the running to be named the Global Earth Hour Capital. The WWF Earth Hour Challenge highlights and rewards municipalities that have enacted substantial and long-term programmes to combat climate change. Of the six South African cities eligible to participate – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini, Tshwane, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay – the first three have uploaded data on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).Morné du Plessis, the chief executive of WWF-SA, the South African branch of the World Wildlife Fund, says that South African municipalities understand the need to plan and work towards a low carbon future. “Every disclosure of carbon emissions is an achievement, every project is a ray of hope, every reduction is a celebration and every entry to the challenge is a bold step towards a better present and brighter future,” he said in September.The cities have till 14 October to report their urban development plans designed to improve living standards and make their city greener. These policies will be evaluated by an international jury and the winner will be announced in March 2014.Green MapWhen eThekwini hosted COP17 in 2012, it joined 850 communities in 65 countries by developing a Green Map, the most high-profile and interactive of the municipalities’ programmes. It has also been the most active South African municipality in terms of registering its greenhouse gas emissions and reporting its adaptation and mitigation plans. But Derek Morgan, the head of the city’s energy unit, stresses that being named Global Earth Hour Capital is not the motivation behind the city’s participation. “We are at a point where we simply must do everything we can to slow down global warming. Change can happen most effectively at a local level.”The WWF has put cities at the forefront of attempts to combat climate change for two reasons: firstly, they are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; and secondly, it’s easier for municipalities than governments to make concrete policy that will help to halt the effects of climate change. In a report released at the end of September 2013, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere must not exceed a trillion tonnes. Beyond that figure, they hypothesize, the effects of climate change become more devastating. In the last 300 years, 570 billion tons of greenhouse gases, or 57 percent of the total, have been released into the atmosphere.Economic growth of developing economies, especially in South Africa and its Brics partners – Brazil, Russia, India and China – could result in about 330 billion tons of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere by 2040. This will bring the planet closer to the critical level that will cause a 2°C increase in global temperatures. A two degree climb in global temperatures would cause crop failures and increase the size of deserts, melt glaciers and raise sea levels.Mayors SummitIn February 2014, Johannesburg will host the C40 Mayors Summit. C40 is a network of 58 of the world’s largest cities that have made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They share expertise on climate risk and the impact of change locally and globally. With over 10 million trees and 2 000 developed parks, Johannesburg is the greenest South African city, according to a December 2012 study conducted by Siemens. The study, African Green City Index, compared 15 major cities in 11 African countries to provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of local government responses to climate change.The four South African cities studied – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini and Tshwane – along with Accra, Tunis and Casablanca, scored average or above average in the eight categories measured: energy and CO2, land use, transport, waste, water, sanitation, air quality, and environmental governance.Climate modelling by the city of Johannesburg suggests that temperatures in the region will rise by 2.3°C by 2056 if no action is taken to solve the problems facing the area. The municipality’s dependence on coal generated electricity, urban sprawl and congestion, high water consumption and low rates of recycling remain challenges.Development roadmapExecutive Mayor Parks Tau, speaking at the launch of the study, said these challenges were taken into account and with input from its international and local partners, it drew up the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Plan as the municipality’s development roadmap. “We are faced with a formidable challenge but it is easier because we know the route forward. We can learn lessons from our partners to make our city and infrastructure more resilient.”Over the next two years the city, in partnership with Siemens, will create 500 green jobs. “These will be people employed directly by the city to, for example, plant trees. However, by 2020 we foresee 30 000 new green jobs in the fields of renewable energy, building retrofits, recycling, water and waste management.” These were jobs in industries that did not exist today but by taking climate action, South African cities would be able to raise the living standards of its citizens by creating economic opportunity, the mayor explained.Paul Kielstra, a contributing editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and the head of the study, said climate challenge solutions provided an opportunity for Johannesburg to create jobs in new industries. “Climate change is an opportunity masquerading as a crisis. Governments need to take the lead in jumpstarting this next economy. By laying the foundation for a green industrial future now, South African municipalities are building wealthier and healthier futures.”last_img read more

Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers

first_imgHow heat-pump clothes dryers workA traditional dryer works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber (where it absorbs moisture from the clothes), and then exhausting the now moisture-laden hot air out of the dryer and out of the house.A condensing dryer, on the other hand, works by heating air, blowing it into the drum chamber and then pulling that warm moist air from the drum and cooling it to the point that the moisture condenses and drips into a collection tray. The cool dry air is then heated and recirculated back into the drum where it again picks up moisture and the cycle continues.The tricky thing with a condensing dryer is how to cool the air being pulled from the drum. Some condensing dryers use a metal plate that is air-cooled and some use a scheme that requires a steady supply of cold water. Neither of these systems results in a dryer that is any more energy-efficient than a traditional dryer, and the appliances are much slower. The market for condensing dryers has typically been for apartment buildings where running an exhaust vent isn’t feasible.A heat-pump dryer is a kind of condensing dryer. Like pretty much every heat pump device, the heat pump in a heat pump clothes dryer has a cold coil and a hot coil. This works out perfectly for a condensing dryer as the cold coil can be used to cool the warm moist air coming from the drum (and to provide a condensing surface for the moisture in the air) and the hot coil can be used to heat the air before sending it back.Heat pump clothes dryers use 40% to 50% as much electricity as a traditional electric dryer and dry clothes much faster than condensing dryers that don’t use heat pumps, while still being slower than a conventional gas or electric dryer. For a family that does five five loads of drying a week, that’s a savings of $1.90 per week during the winter and $1.00 per week during the summer for a heat-pump dryer vs. a traditional electric. Averaged out that comes to a savings of about $75 per year, which would bring the total lifetime cost of a heat pump dryer much closer to the cost of a traditional dryer. But unless you live in a very cold climate or dry an excessive amount of laundry, a heat-pump dryer, at today’s prices, is unlikely to save you a lot of money. If prices come down, or if the price of energy goes up, that could change.While the cost may or may not be an issue, one great feature of this dryer that could turn it into a mainstream product is how much gentler it is on your clothes. Because it’s not using heat alone to dry the clothes, it doesn’t heat the air as much as a traditional dryer. Not only will clothes last longer but it might make it possible to dry clothes that you would otherwise need to hang dry. RELATED ARTICLES Alternatives to Clothes DryersEnergy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. MarketsDrying Clothes With Less EnergyEnergy Star Program to Include Clothes DryersAll About Washing Machines Joe Rice is a retired software engineer who recently moved into his energy-efficient house in eastern Massachusetts. His blog about the construction and performance of the house is called Pretty Good Lake House. Heat pump electric dryer17¢33¢ The real downside to the dryer is the cost. I got it from A. J. Madison for $1,399 with free shipping. That’s a lot for a dryer. Of course, I’ll save money every time I run a load, at least, compared to a traditional dryer, right? To figure out how much I created a spreadsheet. It takes into account the amount of energy each dryer requires to run, the amount of energy a minisplit heating system would use to heat/cool the makeup air (for a venting dryer) and the fact that all of the energy used to run a heat-pump dryer stays in the house. This latter effect is a significant savings in the heating season and a significant cost in the cooling season.According to these calculations, and based on prices for electricity and gas in Massachusetts, the costs per load are: Whirlpool announced it back in July; I was able to order it in October; and it wasn’t delivered until January 21st — but I now own a real live, made for the U.S. market, heat-pump clothes dryer. It’s officially the Whirlpool HybridCare Duet Dryer with Heat Pump Technology.Heat-pump clothes dryers have been available for many years in Europe, but this dryer and another recently announced model from LG are the first to hit the U.S. market. I chose the Whirlpool over the LG primarily because the LG, for some reason, still has a vent to the outdoors. One of the major advantages of incorporating a heat pump into a clothes dryer is that the dryer can be ventless. For a tight building enclosure that means one fewer penetration to be sealed. It also means that the dryer isn’t taking conditioned air from the living space and venting it to the outdoors.The dryer (see Image #1, above) looks pretty much like every other clothes dryer, doesn’t it? From this angle, the only difference you can really see between a standard dryer and this dryer is the panel at the bottom right which open to allow access to the secondary lint filter. Traditional gas dryer39¢38¢ But look at the washing machine outlet box at left. The two steel-braided hoses and the large black drain hose come from the washing machine. But that small copper tube attached to the small black hose is the drain from the dryer.I ran a medium-large load using the most efficient cycle and, well, it worked. It didn’t seem to take terribly long (although I didn’t time it) and the clothes came out not just dry but quite soft and with fewer wrinkles than the laundry from the last dryer I owned. In fact, the towels came out positively luxuriously soft. It is a bit louder than your typical dryer, though — something to keep in mind if your dryer isn’t located in an acoustically isolated area of your house. Winter Summer Traditional electric dryer55¢53¢last_img read more