Category Archives: Environmental

Donald Trump President of the USA and Brexit storm

On the 20th January Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA.   Coupled with Brexit it’s a perfect storm for those of a liberal bent.  Although there are those who say the liberal thinkers brought it on … Continue reading

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Lake District and Yorkshire Dales Extended

On the 1st August it was announced that the Lake District will be extended eastwards to the M6 and the Yorkshire Dales will be extended westwards to the M6. From the west coast to the east coast there is now … Continue reading

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Flood Repeat over Christmas

On the days up to Christmas the army were sent into Cumbria to build flood defences for the anticipated heavy rain on Christmas and Boxing Day.  As it happened the storm hit Lancashire and Yorkshire.  Repeat flooding in St Michael’s, … Continue reading

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Visit of Xi Jinping to the UK, investment and steel price

This week the big news is the visit of the President of China, Xi Jinping, to the UK.   Chinese investment in UK nuclear power is one of the main topics and a contract will be signed for Hinckley Point … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the North West

The North West of England is a great place to live.  The northern half is all hills and lakes with attractive towns like Ambleside and Keswick.  Even the roads are great, the M6 winds through the hills at Tebay and … Continue reading

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20mph Speed Limits – any logic

The 20mph speed limits in residential areas seem to have a case, especially as I get older – can’t have all those people dashing about.  But is it the case of the sledgehammer and the nut. Looking at the UK … Continue reading

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Ebola, is it a panic

The dreaded Ebola sickness adds another dimension to the list of 2014 woes.  Instant communication and hub and spoke travel is gift to the rapid spread of diseases and panic. The biggest gift to Ebola is the lack of hygiene … Continue reading

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Crazy World Hitting Nearer Home Drives a Need for Insulation

There’ve been plenty of recent and significant military events in the world but they all seemed fairly remote from home.  Vietnam, the UK didn’t take part.  Iraq wasn’t too far away but seemed limited to one country. Afghanistan seems a … Continue reading

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Energy Logic

Energy companies make 4% profit, supermarkets 5%.  Energy companies rip you off, supermarkets save you money. Energy companies are to invest their profits in billions of pounds of new generating capacity every year, but energy prices are to be frozen … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail, HS2 Business Case Questioned by NAO

This week the National Audit Office (NAO) questioned the business case for HS2.  If this is so important you might wonder why it’s taken so long. The main question seems to be how much work, if any, businessmen do on … Continue reading

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British Gas to simplify tariffs

Interesting that British Gas are to create just two tariffs.  Not sure they’re genuine in their concerns about customer welfare. Although the energy business is a bit dog eat dog so some clouding of the issues probably seems inevitable, and … Continue reading

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Bring on High Speed Rail and East London Airport

Last week there were two bright thoughts on transport. The first was to start HS2 in the north and build it towards the south. The second was to build a new London Airport in the Thames Estuary on the Isle … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power or not

If you were to imagine a worst case scenario you might say a nuclear power station would be hit by an earthquake, followed quickly by a tsunami. People would say don’t be ridiculous how is that going to happen. But … Continue reading

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Climate Change or freak weather

Here in the North West of England, the home of water, we have the very unusual event of a hosepipe ban and the reservoirs are well down.  There was  a dry spell in Spring but since then it seems to have … Continue reading

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New Manufacturing Jobs Announced

After bad news in chocolate and steel manufacturing some good news in cars and nuclear engineering. Most of it with the help of government loans. Nissan announced that their new electrically powered car, the Nissan Leaf, will be produced in Sunderland from 2013. … Continue reading

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Global Warming – some simple reasoning

Global Warming: is it an issue or will it be more pleasant here at 53degrees north?  Will it be goodbye to Lancashire west of Preston?  Some simple stuff. Global Warming is said to be caused by the increased concentration of the suns … Continue reading

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Copenhagen Climate Change at Christmas

It was cold this week in Northern Europe.  The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, December 7th to 19th 2009 (COP15 for short) took place. 15,000 delegates debated the heating of the atmosphere, while several thousand chanted outside. The conclusion of the discussion being something … Continue reading

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Smart Meters or not so smart

Is the Smart Meter going to provide the benefits claimed?  They say the unreliable wind power will mean less peak capability so incentives will be given to turn off power at peak times and that home generators can sell back … Continue reading

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