The frightening prospect of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan shows exactly why we should be investing in renewable energy. Instead the greenest government ever are slashing their support for solar and other renewables.
When I was working as a renewable energy campaigner at Greenpeace in 2000 we came up with the slogan ‘The future’s bright, the future’s solar’. We borrowed it from Orange and used it to promote the first ever solar net metering agreement called Solarnet with the former Eastern Electricity.
Firstly tigers were killed. Then sharks. Now in the Daily Mail I report that Manta Rays are being killed to feed the insatiable demand for Chinese medicine. The rays are pulled from the ocean, either with fine nets or spears, and then slaughtered for their gills. Chinese practitioners believe eating the gills helps to reduce toxins in the blood although there is no scientific evidence to support this. One kilogram of gills from a mature Manta sells for $200 at a Chinese market. I have been lucky enough to swim with and photograph these gentle ocean giants in the Maldives. We must stop this mindless slaughter.
This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight from Southampton. The city is considered the birthplace of the Spitfire as it was originally designed by its most famous son Reginald Jospeh Mitchell and the prototype was first flown from Southampton airport in 1936. Following its maiden flight over 22,500 Spitfires were built, most famously helping to win the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sadly Mitchell died in 1937 so he never lived to see Britains finest hour. Weather permitting the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be marking the occasion with a flight from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Monday 7 March. Last year I was lucky enough to interview the Officer Comanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Ian Smith for the Daily Telegraph.
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