JAMJAM

Given the name of this blog I really do need to make some more jam. To this end I have bought the ‘Book of Jam’ from the National Trust before the Tory Party sell it off – the fact they do not own it will not stop them!

ECONOMICS

The Government is to provide £5000 grants to 90000 households to install heat pumps. It hopes the cost of the pumps will come down with increased sales. Firstly there should be a subsidy to reflect the energy produced and thus reducing the need for massive public investment in new power stations. Secondly what is to stop the manufacturers of heat pumps to increase their wages and bonus’ in line with increased sales. Surely it would be better for government to take a share in these companies and use the investment to increase production and efficiency? The tax payer would get a return and ultimately the company could be sold. I am sure the Government could also offset the investment so it was not listed as an expenditure, thus appeasing the Treasury.

EARTHSHOT – £1million each

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The winners

Protect and Restore Nature:

  • The Republic of Costa Rica: Costa Rica was a country that once cleared most of its forests, but it has now doubled the number of trees and is seen as a role model for others to follow. The winning project is a scheme paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems that has led to a revival of the rainforest

Clean our Air:

  • Takachar, India: A portable machine created to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser so that farmers do not burn their fields and cause air pollution

Revive our Oceans:

  • Coral Vita, Bahamas: A project run by two best friends who are growing coral in the Bahamas, designed to restore the world’s dying coral reefs. Using special tanks, they have developed a way to grow coral up to 50 times faster than they normally take in nature

Build a Waste-Free World:

  • The City of Milan Food Waste Hubs, Italy: Another challenge is waste – and the city of Milan in Italy wins a prize for collecting unused food and giving it to people who need it most. The initiative has dramatically cut waste while tackling hunger

Fix our Climate:

  • AEM Electrolyser, Thailand/Germany/Italy: A clever design in Thailand using renewable energy to make hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is a clean gas but it is usually produced by burning fossil fuels

PEBBLES

Looking for presents for grandchildren I have come across several sites offering pebbles painted with letters (one at a time) – £24 – really. Or but 50 pebbles between 1-3cm for £25. Where they get the pebbles from is important – if from an active environment like a river or beach it should probably be banned. A gardening programme 20 years ago advocated a pebble feature which led to Cornish beaches being eroded.

CLIMATE CHANGE

I was surprised to read that there are still climate deniers around. Presumably they do not watch the news from around the world. Or are they deluded into thinking that it is a problem for other countries. Apparently the Treasury is more concerned to balance the books short term than take advantage of the long term benefits of being at the forefront of clean technology.

HORRID SOCIETY

What sort of moron sets fire to someones car because they disagree with them? If caught they should certainly be jailed. There are many people I disagree with, sometimes passionately, but would respect their right to disagree. I hope Chris Packham remains steadfast and strong in his beliefs.