'Offshore wind power has the capacity to meet world electricity demand'

News of a study claiming that offshore wind power has the capacity to meet all of the world's electricity demand features in today's newspaper round-up.

The FT (subscription required) reports that offshore wind power is set to be a "game-changer" for energy systems. The paper reports on a study by the International Energy Agency which finds that the falling costs of offshore wind would make it competitive with fossil energy within the next decade. It forecasts that the global average cost of power generated by offshore wind would drop 40 per cent by 2030.

An urgent review into the safety of smart motorways was launched yesterday following concerns about the number of stranded motorists being killed where hard shoulders had been suspended, the Telegraph (subscription required) reports. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the government would conduct the review "at pace" before drawing up a series of recommendations to ensure motorways were "as safe as they possibly can", the paper reports. 

A grieving mother has accused Prince Charles’s designer town of Poundbury of putting aesthetics over safety after its alleged refusal to install its first yellow lines at the spot where her son was killed in a motorcycle accident, the Guardian reports. According to the newspaper, Tina Cooper has campaigned for the road safety markings to be installed in that part of the town, which is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, after her son died in a low-speed collision with a van in September 2018. The duchy had initially agreed to install yellow lines at the spot, the paper says, but in an updated statement on Thursday a proposal was submitted to instead install two traffic bollards at the spot. The duchy claimed that it had become clear that the key reasons for the accident were not related to highway design. 

A "citizen army" is needed to help tackle invasive species that threaten the natural environment, the Guardian reports. The paper cites a report by the environmental audit committee which states that the cost to the economy of non-native species is estimated to be £1.8 billion a year, and estimates that about 40 non-native species will become invasive within the next 20 years. It calls for an army of 1.3 million volunteers to be trained across the country to identify and respond to the threat, the report states.

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