Map showing Foula's location, courtesy of UK's Joint Nature Conservation Commission.First, there's a proposal from scientists that more gardening globally and more farming could help with the problem of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.
First, there's a proposal from scientists that more gardening globally and more farming could help with the problem of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Planting beans to save life as we've known it. Hmmm. Here's the link to that study. The essential idea: using more biomass and focusing on carbon sequestration through natural processes (that's not pumping it into undergound cavities as is planned for the new super-coal plant in Mattoon.)
And, finally, there aren't many folks living on remote Foula Island, but they may have a few things to teach the rest of the world. Without stepping back to the stone age, they're about to go onto an all renewable energy regimen.
There are only a couple dozen people living on Foula which is the most remote inhabited island in the United Kingdom. It's twenty miles from the Shetlands which are themselves a long way north of Scotland which is itself the furthest northern portion of the main British isle.
The Foulanians are moving away from stinky and ever-more-expensive diesel generators to a mix of reneweable fuels. They will be using wind, hydroelectric and solar. There in the North Sea, Foula can expect plenty of wind, and there's a loch high on a high hill that gets plenty or rain and can power the hydro plant. The diesel egenerators will sit around as back-up and the islanders hope they just slowly rust away from disuse.