Environment

  • Thank frack that’s over October 4, 2017 Anyone who has read this blog even infrequently will know I am firmly against fracking so to say I am relieved at today’s statement by Paul Wheelhouse in Holyrood is an understatement. It is great to have some good news after what has been a dreadful few days. It’s not an actual ban despite what the media are reporting, the power to do that is STILL reserved to Westminster. What will happen is the current moratorium will be extended indefinitely. As has been said on many occasions, if the Scottish Government impose a straight ban companies such as INEOS will be able to go to court and appeal to the “higher authority” in Westminster. And despite Gove saying yesterday that the Tories were the party ... Read More
  • Another liberal MP sucked in by the nuclear lobby September 14, 2017 Liberal MP stands by nuclear energy option http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/liberal-mp-stands-by-nuclear-energy-option/news-story/d46a5e637cbf097b67d1b1d5e1094465 As the federal government considers a clean energy target, one of its MPs is looking to nuclear power as a long-term solution. Nuclear technology sits hand in hand with concerns about North Korea but one federal MP believes there’s also room for it in the energy debate. Assistant minister Jane Prentice on Thursday again flagged support for nuclear power as a long-term solution. “It is clean and I think there are opportunities,” she told reporters in Canberra. “I think the new nuclear technology is much safer than the old one and I think it should be on the discussion paper if we’re serious about long-term clean energy.” The government is weighing up a clean energy target, the only recommendation ... Read More
  • MAJOR NEWS: World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated in Scotland after £3 million funding from SNP Government September 14, 2017 This could turn out to be a key moment in the move toward 100% reliable renewable energy use. Tidal power generation is constant and powerful. Hydrogen is ‘green’. Hydrogen can be stored. Hydrogen can be used to power all sorts of vehicles such as Aberdeen and London’s buses. See: As world’s largest tidal energy plant in Pentland Firth generates 1GWh which is enough for 700 000 homes, will Scotland become the most energy-rich country in Europe? I hope you’re not getting fed-up hearing about Scottish renewable energy records but here’s another Storing Scotland’s massive renewable energy production Suddenly there’s a brilliant alternative to oil rig decommissioning costs. You can store Scotland’s surplus renewable electricity with it and it’s low-tech. For the first time anywhere in the world, the Scottish ... Read More
  • 33 BABIES #SRILANKA IS LEGALISING #ELEPHANTTRAFFICKING! STOP THEM! #33babies #truthwillfindaway September 13, 2017 movie by LT Pro Apart from the illegal acts that Sri Lanka authorities are trying to undertake here in the film 33 babies, this could also concern Islamabad zoo, who have been trying to obtain new babies for some time, and the Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Islamabad was approached by Pakistani Senators and Sheikh Anser Aziz Mayor Of Islamabad https://www.facebook.com/SheikhAnserAziz/ as can be see fm this DAWN report 26 July https://www.dawn.com/news/1347651 Please write to the Sri Lanka embassy in your country and protest both the appalling info in the film and the request for new babies for Islamabad Zoo. Email addresses and ideas for your email can be found here https://www.facebook.com/teamkaavan/ THANK YOU Petiton: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_President_of_Sri_Lanka_Attorney_General_Prime_Min_Min_of_Wildlife_Freedom_of_thirty_three_baby_elephants_robbed/edit/ You can follow more from the Animal ... Read More
  • Kenya to increase number of wildlife crime prosecutors to win the battle against poaching September 13, 2017 Kenya Wildlife Service collaborates with charity Space for Giants to further strengthen its prosecution of illegal wildlife trade offenders. Kenya has announced plans significantly to increase the number of specialist prosecutors its wildlife service can call on to go after poachers in court. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) currently has two prosecutors covering the whole country, where poaching and trafficking of elephant ivory and rhino horn has increased with rising Asian demand. That number could jump to as many as 14, after conservation organisation Space for Giants worked with Kenya’s national prosecution service to identify potential new recruits, and train them up. Space for Giants’ patron is Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of The Independent. KWS’s acting director general, Julius Kimani, and Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, ... Read More
  • The race is on, this World Rhino Day! September 13, 2017 On World Rhino Day, 22 September, a small group of runners will ascend the iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern Region of the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is the official beneficiary of the event and all funds raised will be divided on a 50/50 basis between our work with rhinos and our work with Bearded Vultures. While the rhino connection may be obvious, the funds will be shared with these special birds too because the Rhino Peak itself is home to some of the last Critically Endangered Bearded Vultures in the area. Deidre Herbst, Eskom Environmental Manager, will be running the race as the EWT’s representative. She says, “As the environmental manager of Eskom, an ... Read More
  • ‘Scotland ‘Saudi of wind’ or ‘Gagging on Wind Power’ September 13, 2017 This eye-catching headline in Energy Voice today caught my eye as it was meant to do but the full text was unavailable without paying £10. So, it’s probably saying something like my recent account: With massive new wind-farms being built and still to come online, Scotland’s existing wind-farms provide 48% of August’s demand and more than 100% on nine days Developers EDPR have put in proposals for another massive offshore windfarm off the Moray coast to take advantage of the high and sustainable winds constantly available there. It will be able to power 750 000 homes. We ... Read More
  • AFC Fylde working in partnership with Cuadrilla, Centrica and BAE Systems September 5, 2017 Sent to the club, the supporters club and a range of local newspapers s around the club. Dear Sir/Madam, On visiting members of my family that live around the Fylde coast area, and being a keen lower league football fan (an Ebbsfleet Utd fan exiled in South Wales), I decided it was time I took in a game at AFC Fylde. With a nephew being a Barrow fan, the televised Bank Holiday fixture was perfect. We enjoyed the game (me more so than my nephew, of course), and were hugely impressed with the Mill Farm stadium and the quality of the pitch. However, the evening was sullied after reading the programme in more detail after the game. The problem was found at the ... Read More
  • Do you know the secret to why elephants rarely get cancer? August 29, 2017 Scientists have unravelled the secret to why elephants rarely get cancer despite their large size.Elephants have 38 additional modified copies of a gene that encodes p53, a compound that suppresses tumour formation. Humans, on the other hand, have only two, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This means that as elephants evolved, their bodies made many extra copies of a gene that prevents tumours from forming. Elephants have been considered an enigma for years because they have far more cells than people, which would presumably place them at higher risk of cancer over their lifespans, which can last 50-70 years. And yet, the analysis of a large database of elephant deaths showed that less than 5 per ... Read More
  • Don’t Ignore This Post – The Whole World Needs To Know What’s Happening August 19, 2017 The primate population is being massacred on a huge scale in some of the most fragile and unique habitats on Earth, all to make way for cheap palm oil for unnecessary supermarket products.Palm oil is relatively new phenomenon, only really making a name for itself in the past 20 years or so, but since companies realised how cheap it was to make, there has been no limit to what they will destroy in the name of profits. Palm oil is a cheaper alternative to more wholesome ingredients like olive oil, or coconut oil.It is found in everything from snack foods to shampoo, and perhaps the worst part of the story is that it’s not even good for you. It’s damaging to ... Read More