A cove inland?

While on a recent break away and looking for places to visit I had a request from my daughter to visit a place she had learnt about in GCSE Geography.  Always keen to encourage continued learning, I agreed and we set of for a place called Malham Cove, but it is not a cove on the coast, this cove is in the middle of the country some distance from any coastline! Continue reading A cove inland?

Smoke and mirrors of extreme energy extraction

Companies state that UCG is not fracking, is this an atempt to make it sound safe and promote it as a method of energy extraction?

Don’t let the smoke and mirrors cloud the true perception, don’t believe the myths.  Extracting gas by means of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is a highly polluting extraction process which around the world has been largely unsuccessful with disastrous consequences. Continue reading Smoke and mirrors of extreme energy extraction

Nuclear power threat continues

What more could demonstrate the un-stability  of the nuclear industry than the events that took place this week at Hanford, Washington USA.  News sources reported how a tunnel in the nuclear finishing plant collapsed.

The tunnel, part of a plutonium and uranium extraction facility (PUREX) reportedly contained highly contaminated materials including nuclear waste trains that are used to transport radioactive fuel rods.  As radioactive material is difficult to dispose of, it is common practice to burry it under the ground. Continue reading Nuclear power threat continues

Nuclear power fuels nuclear weapons

Update from BANNG Meeting 25.04.2017 – Bradwell/Nuclear Power.

By 2030 the UK wants have 16GW capacity from nuclear power – double what we have now to provide 40% of required output.  Of the new sites identified as suitable the first is  Hinckley point C which it was estimated could cost £25BILLION although some reports put this closer to £37BILLION.

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You bet, they die

Once again this year I have taken a stand and opted out of the office sweepstake. However, over the next few days whether it be in a workplace sweepstake, a group syndicate or just a trip to the bookies many people (most of whom do not normally watch horse racing) will be placing a bet, part of the £500M place annually on the Grand National.  Sadly, while this occasion are hugely popular with the general public, most are not aware of the consequences and of  the level of injuries and fatalities, not just in the Grand National but at races courses up and down the country. Continue reading You bet, they die

Rhino crisis

Take a look at the above picture, soon, all that might be left is pictures such as these.  As our children, grandchildren and generations to come may learn about the Rhinoceros in a similar way to previous generations learnt about dinosaurs.  With the exception of causation of the end of the species being entirely different.  While the dinosaurs extinction has been attributed to astrological, geographical or weather changes the decline and extinction of the Rhinoceros can only be blamed on humankind. Continue reading Rhino crisis

Perils of plastic

Plastic is now part of most peoples everyday lives. While it is clearly evident that plastics bring many societal benefits there is also a darker side to this convenient substance. There are growing concerns about the volume of usage, methods of disposal and the side effects of chemical transfer to wildlife and humans Continue reading Perils of plastic