Would it not have been better to have white shade balls as they would reflect the light and do not absorb heat which the black balls surely will. If the black balls absorb heat they may well increase the temperature of the surface resulting in evaporation through the voids between the balls.
Why has it taken Eric Pickle's comments about the EA to sting Lord Smith into a response which provides more information about the funding rules available to the EA?
Is this just more politics ignoring the root cause which is a lack of planning for extreme events. Smith now states that the scheme that they would have taken forward involved dredging, although only last week we were being told that dredging would not work!
Comment on: Wuxi metro tunnelling reaches breakthrough
The rate of the Chines metro tunnelling sounds impressive, although the UK's Crossrail project for the BFK Contract 300 has achieved 30 tunnel rings in a day which is equivalent to 48 metres.