February 2008
 
 

The Tide is Nigh

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Britain is blessed with an abundance of potential renewable sources of energy. Besides wind, there is also wave and tidal stream power. This is an industry in its infancy, despite being a source of electricity going back to the 1970s, because finance and innovation have not been forthcoming. If the German wind industry is a guide – the UK is in a position to create jobs and profits by being at the cutting edge of a new technology. In Germany a quarter of a million jobs have been created through the design, manufacture and maintenance of wind turbines.

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Polluting Our Seas

Polluting our seas

The sea round our island have long been a source of food, jobs and recreation. Most of us enjoy walking on a sandy beach or along majestic cliff tops. Fish and Chips is one of our national glories.

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Conserving the Wildlife Treasures of the Pembrokeshire Coast

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Sea Trust South and West Wales monitors the seas, educating people about the glories of Welsh marine wildlife. These include; “Porpoise Picnics” and outreach such as an exhibition which opened at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and then toured the UK.

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Congestion Charge Converts to Carbon Charge

kenIn a radical new move to combat climate change, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has modified the congestion charge – first instituted in 2003 to reduce the volume of traffic on London’s streets – to become the world’s first anti-pollution vehicle tax, where users are charge for the amount of CO2 they emit. Gas guzzling 4 x 4s will pay up to £25 instead of the current £8 charge, whilst economical vehicles will pay lower charges and some low-emission cars will pay nothing at all. Most normal vehicles will continue to pay the £8 charge.

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You’ve Had Your Chips

Fish and Chips

The origins of Britain’s humble but popular dish are hidden in mythology. Both Lancashire and London lay claim to having “The First Fish and Chip shop”, in the 1860’s, but the dish of battered fish and chips was almost certainly extant well before then: Charles Dickens mentions a 'fried fish warehouse' in Oliver Twist in 1839. Street vendors probably sold it to hungry workers who wanted a solid, filling meal on their way back from the factory.

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Heat Reflecting Radiator Panel
£39.50

usual price £49.50

Did you know that up to 70% of the heat from your radiators is simply heating the wall behind?

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Top Sea Tips

Don’t use plastic carrier bags – use reusable ones. The bags are made from oil which is depleting and causes pollution, but worse than that they can end up in the sea. If they don’t choke a seabird or fish, which mistake them for food, they could end up in the continent-sized plastic drift in the Pacific.

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The 11th Hour –
a new film about climate change opening soon

11th hour

Fronted by Leonardo DiCaprio, a new eco-documenary called “The 11th Hour” is about to open in UK cinemas. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau as well as over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

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Editor: Julian Jackson www.julianjackson.co.uk