France, Greece, Bulgaria raise their 2030 national renewable energy targets

first_imgFrance, Greece, Bulgaria raise their 2030 national renewable energy targets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享EURACTIV:France, Greece and Bulgaria have pledged to update their national targets for renewable energy and bump up the share of wind, solar and other renewables to 33%, 35% and 27% of their energy consumption respectively by 2030.The announcements were made on Tuesday (24 September) as part of a public debate among EU energy ministers on the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by the bloc’s 28 member states.“France has decided to raise its objective from 32 to 33%,” said Fabrice Dubreuil, the deputy permanent representative of France to the European Union, who represented his country at today’s ministerial meeting in Brussels.Other countries announced similar pledges, with Greece and Bulgaria saying they will raise their own renewables target from 31 to 35% and from 25 to 27%, respectively. Greece had already surprised observers at the UN climate summit in New York on Monday by announcing plans to phase out coal entirely by 2028.Former communist countries like Poland, Czechia and Hungary, for their part, underlined the need to increase financing available to meet the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate objectives. Poland, one the staunchest opponents to raising the bloc’s energy and climate targets, was among the most outspoken.More: Three EU countries bump up renewable energy goal for 2030last_img read more

The Best Winter Paddling Gear

first_imgWhen the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, many paddlers choose to hang up their skirts for the season to hit the slopes or take to the trails; after all, being wet in near- or below-freezing temperatures isn’t exactly what most would consider pleasant. With the proper gear, though, you can beat those winter paddling blues and keep on boofing through the season. Check out these 10 products that will make you actually enjoy, not just survive, your next winter paddling experience.On the Water Winter Paddling Gear1. NRS WaveLite™Made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece, this line of base layers is perfect for cold weather paddling. Warm, stretchy, and moisture-wicking, the form fitting shirt and pant combination retains its original shape throughout years of use and abuse.Top – $74.95, Bottom – $64.95; nrs.com2. Bomber Gear Bomb Dry SuitA must-have for kayakers serious about year-round paddling, this dry suit does it all. The four-layer suit offers protection with reinforced shoulder panels and abrasion-resistant oxford nylon where you need it most. Durable gaskets and double-stitched, taped, and patched seams keep the water out while breathable Toray™ 4-ply Entrant HB fabric allows the suit to breathe when you’re busting out that hairy ferry.$899; bombergear.com3. Astral RasslerSure, it might not be the best idea, but summertime paddling means minimal footwear in my book (i.e. a pair of sandals permanently stashed in the stern). But when winter rolls around, flip flops just don’t make the cut. The Rassler is the best option for wintertime paddling, creeking, or expedition adventures. With high ankle support, shoe drainage, and a durable Cordura upper and Stealth outsole, this shoe protects and functions like none other and looks way cooler than those raunchy neoprene booties you’ve had one-too-many bootie beers out of.$119.95; astraldesigns.com4. Bomber Gear Pogie Paddling MittAlso from Bomber comes another must-have: the pogie. Made from durable, water-repellent, super-stretch neoprene, these mitts withstand the elements while offering enough insulation and protection to keep your extremities functioning. Extending just past the wrist, these pogies are easy to slide on and off if you need to push off a rock or wipe the snot from your face.$33; bombergear.com5. Buff BalaclavaGiven that the majority of your body heat can be lost through your noggin, it’s probably best to cover it up when you’re out on the water. Buff’s merino wool balaclava is perfect for wearing underneath a helmet or when you’re off the water setting up camp. For bitterly cold days (or if you’re going for the ninja look), scrunch the fabric up beneath the eyes to protect those rosy cheeks.$31; buffusa.comOff the Water Winter Paddling Gear6. Ibex Woolies 220Multi-day paddling excursions mean mindful packing. If you’re looking for a warm and durable yet lightweight base layer option to slide into when you reach camp, these Ibex Woolies are for you. Made from 18.5 micro Merino wool, these layers are naturally odor resistant and can double as paddling base layers if it’s just too darn cold to change into the frozen set you put out last night to “dry.”Top – $95, Bottom – $85; shop.ibex.com7. Stanley SS Flask Adventure While we don’t necessarily condone drinking and paddling, we know that sometimes, swims happen. When you could use a little spirit to warm your sodden soul, reach for the most rugged 8oz flask on the market.$20; shopstanley-pmi.com8. Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketMore durable and water repellent than fleece alternatives, this synthetic mid-layer can withstand the elements on its own or serve as an extra layer underneath a heavier jacket. Made from ThermalQ™Elite insulation, this lightweight jacket packs down small like its goose down relatives but still provides just as much warmth.$200; mountainhardwear.com9. Big Agnes Shovelhead Hooded JacketFilled with 700+ goose down, this incredibly warm and lightweight puffy has one great attribute that sets it above the rest: water repellency. If you’re setting or packing up camp and the weather starts to turn, take comfort in knowing that your super snazzy down jacket can take a little moisture, no problem.$249.95; bigagnes.comlast_img read more

Instagram Takeover | Katie Cahn

first_imgThis month’s Instagram Takeover features Boone, North Carolina-based fly fisher Katie Cahn. You might recognize Katie from the March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors where she is featured prominently. She spends much of her time with a fly rod in hand, combing the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina in search of wily brook, rainbow and brown trout. Lucky for us she documents her adventures on Instagram.Follow along as we feature some of Katie’s favorite Instagram posts this week, and get to know the girl behind the March cover a little better with our Q & A below the photos.Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 9.23.49 AM“There’s so much beauty in the world, you just have to find it. I would start in Western North Carolina.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.09.49 AM“Drying off.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.26.20 AM“Upstream.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.12.57 AM“Easing my soul. One rainbow at a time.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.33.04 AM“What you can’t see in this photo is the bald eagle that graced me with its presence or the kingfishers and pileated woodpeckers that tolerated my presence. Or the big brown I had on that literally spit the fly out into my face.”Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.32.21 AM“Is it fall yet?”[divider]Q & A with Katie[/divider]BRO: How did you get into fly fishing?KC: I had always “fished,” but never practiced the art of angling.  I started dating a guy who fly fished and this was at the time I was going to school at WCU. For three years I lived 50 yards from the Tuckasegee River.  Within that time, I spent many study breaks at the river fly fishing. During those years I got to know the Tuckasegee, Nantahala and a few other undisclosed streams pretty well. BRO: Do you have a favorite fly?KC: Yeah, it’s that green, red, and yellow sparkly one with the bead head in my fly box that I haven’t lost yet.  I’m kidding, but really, my favorite way to fish is with dry flies. There’s nothing like having a trout come up to the surface for a fly.  It takes my breath away. BRO: Where do you do most of your fishing?KC: I fish mainly upstream in tight rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets where people tend to not go. I try to stay away from crowds. When I fish, I’m looking for solitude. There’s nothing worse than having some person walk up on your fishing hole, and I think any angler would agree to that. BRO: Got a favorite fish story you’d like to share?KC: One story that comes to mind is a time I was fishing on the Tuck. I was in one of my secret spots and this amazing hatch was going off. There were mayflies everywhere. This was in July of last year so the temperature of the water was stressing the fish. I fought this big, beautiful, wild rainbow for what felt like 10 minutes. When I finally netted it I could tell it was spent. It took about 3 minutes to revive, but when it finally got the strength to swim away from my hands, my heart melted. I share this story because there were no photos from that day, it was just me and the essence of nature.BRO: If you could choose only one river to fish for the rest of your life what would it be?KC: This is a hard one. Each river I fish has so many different qualities, but the one that does come to mind, I wouldn’t tell you the name of it (wink wink).BRO: If you could fish anywhere in the world for one day where would it be?KC: Patagonia, baby! BRO: One piece of fly fishing gear you wouldn’t head into the woods without…KC: I wouldn’t go fly fishing without my hemostats. Some people might say their felt soul boots or their favorite rod and reel, but for me, being able to quickly crush a barb or gently release a hook from a trout’s mouth is crucial.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]last_img read more

Graeme Souness dismisses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances but praises seven players

first_img Liverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:41FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’ve always been a fan of Willian and have no fears that he still has a couple of years left at the highest.‘The hardest players to get are the ones that score and create goals, but Arsenal have plenty of attacking options.‘Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are backed up by talented youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah. Keeping Aubameyang is a huge boost.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He was entering the last year of his contract, so they would have sold him at a discount and received nowhere near enough to buy a replacement of a similar standard.‘I still see a player in Nicolas Pepe, too, and I’m hoping he has a big year because he’s not really grasped the intensity and physicality of the Premier League yet.‘I also like the look of Bernd Leno, their goalkeeper, but none of their midfielders or back four would get anywhere near the Manchester City or Liverpool team, hence the points difference between them in the final table last season.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aubameyang angers Arsenal fans by ‘liking’ message telling him to leaveMORE: Arsenal prepare increased Aouar bid after official approach is rejected Advertisement Comment Graeme Souness has been impressed by Mikel Arteta’s reign at Arsenal (Pictures: Sky Sports / Getty)Graeme Souness believes Arsenal are ‘nowhere near’ challenging from the Premier League title despite praising seven players, including summer signing Willian.Mikel Arteta’s side, who finished eighth in the English top-flight last term, have taken full points from their first two matches of the 2020-21 campaign and visit defending champions Liverpool on Monday.While the Gunners finished 43 points behind Liverpool last season, they concluded the season by winning the FA Cup and beat Jurgen Klopp’s side earlier in the month to win the Community Shield.Despite the encouraging signs from the Emirates, Souness has dismissed Arsenal’s title chances, while praising seven of Arteta’s players.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal are nowhere near challenging for the Premier League,’ Souness wrote in a column for The Times.‘They finished eighth, 43 points behind Liverpool, last season, and that’s not a gap that you close in one transfer window.‘The knockout tournaments are again their best chance of success this season. Trying to retain the FA Cup, a decent run in Europe and maybe the Carabao Cup. Graeme Souness dismisses Arsenal’s Premier League title chances but praises seven players Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 11:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more