Daily Archives: March 31, 2009

Lincolnshire wind turbine drives away farmers

I'm going underground

I'm going underground

A Lincolnshire family have been forced to move from their farm in Deeping St Nicholas after noise from wind turbines made life unbearable. Jane Davis told a meeting of SALT (Strategic Alliance against Lakeland Turbines) that her family had originally supported the wind farm but had now moved into rented accommodation to escape the noise and vibrations. She also explained that many wind farms did not have the problems of noise and vibrations but about 20% did – although no one could explain how or why these particular farms caused such nuisance and damage. Mrs Davis also spoke about the potential impact on wildlife and animals saying “within 48 hours all the swallows had let. We suddenly had no molehills” adding that vibrations broke down the soil structure so that funghi at the bottom of the food chain could not survive. Another speaker at the SALT meeting in Mugrisdale in Cumbria said that he had also suffered after a wind farm was built at Bothel. Ron Williams said that noise and light pollution from the Wharrels Hill wind farm had blighted the local community. Cumbria, known as the new ‘Energy Coast’ is now facing the potential of at least one new nuclear power station after RWE said it was looking at two sites on the West Cumbrian coast as potential sites for a new facility.

 

 

 

Mole from at: wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/moles.htm

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Italy bans luxury yachts

We're not sailing

We're not sailing

A local authority on the Italian Riveria has decided to ban boats from dropping anchor along its coast after a report showed that boats, including the many super yachts anchoring in secluded coves, were destroying seagrass meadows in Posidonia, home to a wide variety of marine flora and fauna including seahorses, starfish and wrasse. Liguria is banning all yachts over five metres (16 feet) from 26 new sites along the Italian coast that recently had nautical visits from Jennifer Lopez, Italian national football coach Marcello Lippi  and Wayne Rooney and Colleen Mcloughlin.

 

All homes will need water meters

turn me off please

turn me off please

Every home in South East England and London will need water meters as a matter of urgency according to the Environment Agency who say that metering needs to be completed within six years to allow water companies to conserve dwindling supplies. The Agency adds that all homes in England and Wales should be metered by 2020 to allow the country to cope with a drop in water levels. Global warming has meant that Britain’s weather has changed and whilst frequent heavy downpours will become normal, the overall amount of water in rivers is expected to drop by 10-15% by 2050 and the water level could decline by 80% in summer. With a growing population and rising consumption the new report calls for a review of the structure of the water industry and actions to reduce water consumption to help lower UK CO2 emissions.      

 

 

 

 

Tap person: WaterAid at Glastonbury 2008

Can we promote sustainability over growth?

There must be more to life than this ....

There must be more to life than this ....

A new report from the Sustainable Development Commission says that the pursuit of economic growth was one of the root causes of the current financial crisis and governments should respond to the credit crunch by abandoning a ‘growth at all costs’ policy in favour of a more sustainable, greener economic system. The SDC, an independent adviser to the UK Government, said that the developed world’s reliance on debt to fuel continued growth had left the global economy unbalanced and unstable. The report, Prosperity without Growth? Calls on governments to develop sustainable economic systems that do not rely on ever increasing consumption by improving fiscal and financial prudence; giving priority to public assets and infrastructure over private affluence; allowing individuals to flourish by tackling inequality; improving work-life balance; reversing the culture consumerism; establishing ecological limits on economic activity. The report concludes that “the clearest message from the financial crisis is that the current model of economic success is fundamentally flawed. For the advanced economies of the western world, prosperity without growth is no longer a utopian dream. It is a financial and ecological necessity”.