When most people saw the devastation of the Fukushima plants, they rolled their eyes and thought, “just another Chernobyl” and got on with their lives. I, however, saw the beginning of the end as our last big hope for generating large-scale power, which wouldn’t accelerate the global warming problem, goes into meltdown.
The end of the nuclear-powered dream.
If you think you are half a world away from danger, then think again. The blue-fin tuna and other food resources you take for granted will now be contaminated!
For a real sense of the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese authorities asked the outside world for help. For anyone who knows Japanese culture, they would know that this culture does not allow much for asking for help on an individual or governmental basis. Read the rest of this entry »
Fukushima may be out of the headlines was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
I always try to stay away from writing about politics as much as I can, but after finding out what our current Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs has been saying lately, I simply had to put fingers to keyboard.
Owen Paterson MP.
The cabinet minister Owen Paterson responsible for the countries environmental policies said publicly:
“that global warming would be beneficial”.
Mr Paterson also claimed:
“there would be advantages to an increase in temperature predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change including fewer people dying of cold in winter and the growth of certain crops further north.”
As a kid whose surrogate parent was the 1970s television schedule, I have gone through life with TV pretty much as the backdrop to my life. Even when I first discovered the internet in the mid-1990s, the goggle box was always on in the background.
A warning from the past about TV programming. Edna from Willow the Wisp.
That is why my younger self would be perplexed that I am currently enjoying my second week without my usual daily dose of television and not missing it at all.
I am now beginning to think my lifelong love affair with television is over. I am looking at my ‘Back to the future’ style flat screen telly, and the screen is black and has been for the last couple of weeks.
So why has my futuristic television lost my interest? What happened in my mind on that day where I didn’t reach for the remote and why am I continuing to ignore it to this day. Maybe it’s the awareness of the continued and increasing bombardment of commercial advertising. Read the rest of this entry »
My new world without TV was last modified: February 17th, 2020 by Stuart Lovatt
As someone who has relentlessly been ‘singing the praises’ of PV solar panel installations since 2004, I have seen many solar-related companies come and go. From huge corporations like BP to small one-man bands. I have seen them all.
The one thing that all these companies have in common is the ‘over-zealous’ and commission-hungry salespeople.
Now, this is nothing unique to the PV solar panel (photovoltaic) industry, but having worked a couple of years in this type of environment myself, I have heard and seen it all.
This week Caroline Lucas MP uttered a profound sentence as being arrested for protesting against fracking in Southern England this week. “Fracking is the dying breaths from the fossil fuels industry,” she said while debating the issue.
To frack or not to frack?
As someone who can understand both sides of the fracking debate currently gripping the nation at the moment, I can see a country wrestling with its conscience.
For those who watch the news and see protesters passionately making their voices and views heard reminds me of the fuel protests of 2005.