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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

 - Mahatma Gandhi

800,000 songbirds illegally killed by poachers on Cyprus military base

So say the RSPB in a news report recently published.

The birds – which include robins and thrushes – are illegally caught in giant, near-invisible nets at Cape Pyla firing range to make birds, a local delicacy.

They are variously pickled, grilled, or boiled. As the entrails are not removed, diners are encouraged to swallow the birds whole.

The MoD has so far failed to clear the acres of acacia trees planted by poachers specifically to attract the birds.

“The trappers’ brazen prevention of the removal of their criminal infrastructure from MoD land could never be tolerated here in the UK,” RSPB conservation director Martin Harper told the Times.

“The UK government must therefore provide enforcement support to help the base authorities respond to the trappers and safely remove the remaining 90 acres of acacia."

You can read the full report and RSPB comments at  

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The Great Wind Farm Scandal

Successful generation of electricity requires a number of crucial criteria to be met.

Firstly, it must be available at all times and capable of load following. This means that when demand increases in winter or during half-time in a football match as we all switch on our kettles, the supply must be capable of varying to meet demand.

Our conventional generation of electricity is capable of meeting this variable demand almost instantly, although sometimes it needs industry to load shed, which is currently well managed.

Wind generation however is unpredictable, cannot be instantly varied (i.e. load-follow on demand) and is often insufficient to turn the turbines or too strong to allow them to function. For roughly 56 days in each year, we have little or no wind, hence no electrical generation. If the power generated is greater than demand, it cannot be stored and has to be shed. The ‘nominal’ installed capacity is meaningless being at the vagaries of the climate.

Hence, wind turbines are at the the whim of the prevailing weather and to account for this we have to install a 100% duplication of the facility for days when the wind doesn’t blow or blows too strongly and we need to maintain our supply to hospitals, businesses, households and  computers, phones, lighting, domestic supply etc.

This means a huge and vastly expensive duplication of resources which lie idle when the wind blows at optimum mph (very rarely) and costs us dearly in underused capital investment.

Wind power therefore fails in just about every critical criteria. It was sold as preventing emissions of CO2 whereas it in fact saves a remarkably small amount, which has been grossly over-exaggerated as industry has been humiliatingly forced to admit.

It is vastly expensive because each megawatt of installed capacity & transmission produces little more than  a quarter of its potential and is largely socially unacceptable -88% against [Cambridge News]

It has a huge landscape footprint for a very tiny and costly contribution to supply. It is not and never will be a question of better than nuclear, or conventional supply because it is never an either or situation.

The RSPB are not surprisingly trying to steer a politically diplomatic course while pointing out the hazards to birds of these monsters at sea and on land.

To quote David Bellamy - “Wind power is a swindle”. Large businesses are making vast profits and the government is claiming the moral high ground, when the reality is quite the reverse.

For more, read “The Wind Farm Scam - John Etherington”

ISBN: 978-1-905299-83-6