The Wettest Winter

The months of December, January and February have been the wettest on record in the southern half of England and Wales, and February still has a week to run. These months have also been considerably warmer than normal. The rain has fallen and the cold has stayed away. Continue reading

The Compensation of Sin is…

I heard Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive of Centrica who own British Gas, speak on the radio about energy prices on the BBC’s “today” programme on Radio 4. He spoke well, as you would expect from someone who runs a very large company; the arts of propaganda have developed since the days of the late unlamented Dr Goebbels. I was not too interested in what Mr Laidlaw had to say until he answered the last question, which was whether Mr Laidlaw was paid too much. Continue reading

Pop and Pizza for Bobtown’s Fracking Pop

On 11 February this year an explosion occurred in Bobtown Pennsylvania in a shale formation where Chevron was fracking for natural gas. One work is missing presumed dead and the flames caused by the explosion burned for five days. Continue reading

Fracking and Flooding

In ten years from now, if I am still alive, I shall be able to look over the hills of England and Wales and will see, if the politicians have their way, a series of small gas works, erected to fracture shale rock underground, perhaps a kilometre or more deep, with storage tanks on the surface so that this country may collect natural gas to burn for heat and power. Not many people have imagined this vision; there is a disconnect in our minds between Continue reading

I told you I was ill

The British Isles is on the same latitude as Labrador, and is further North than Newfoundland, but it experiences winters which are much milder than either of those places. As I write Hopedale Newfoundland has a temperature of -14°C, but in London England it is a balmy 9°C. The reason for this temperature differential between places on the same latitude is the Gulf Stream and the jet stream. Continue reading

A Very Lazy Day

today was a lazy day, too lazy to do anything and I nearly forgot to write. I have remembered now and so I write now And having started I find that I am too lazy to think of anything to write and so I stop writing…

Caesium at Fukushima

Two days ago Tokyo Electric Power Co informed the world that in samples of groundwater from under the Fukushima nuclear power plant they found (per litre) 37 giga becquerels of caesium-134 and 93 giga becquerels of caesium-137. The well from which the samples were taken is only fifty yards frpm the coast and these readings are the highest recorded of caesium. Continue reading