Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.
So the first permission for fracking shale gas has been granted in North Yorkshire. I don’t think this is the right way to go for a sustainable future energy supply, I think the costs and potential risks are just too great for the reward on offer, and I’m not alone in that thinking. I think the costs involved could be better spent on true low carbon solutions rather than the frequently touted “bridge” to low carbon that promoters of shale gas trot out. There’s one thing for sure however, the progress of this recently permitted operation will be scrutinised very closely, to see what the longer term prospects for shale gas in the UK really are, the true impacts on the community and environment, and the general safety record in the UK of an industry that has had a slightly dubious one in other parts of the world.
I have a lot of sympathy for the views stated by Chris Packham regarding nature reserves. They are an important resource, but I really think we are at risk of neglecting what is right in front of many of us in favour of growth, consumerism and selfishness. I love my local “patch”, it’s not the most rich area in terms of biodiversity, but I love it for what it is. I often wonder though whether it will outlive me or whether I’ll see it’s decline or decimation in my life time because of other pressures. As a species we seem to be on a course of self-destruction one way or another, and we seem to be intent on taking everything else on this planet with us. If we have to rely on a small patchwork of nature reserves to get our “natural fix”, it’s likely that the patchwork will be unsustainable, and then the developers will move in to those areas too. We cannot keep taking without giving a return, our account is too much in debt.
The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures doesn’t really need much commentary from me, as it’s here every week, although I particularly liked the money spider pic.