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Food waste is back on the menu with an interesting article by Tristram Stuart (“if my pigs can eat it, so can we”) highlighting just how much perfectly edible food is thrown away producing more greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, land degradation and deforestation – as well as adding to world hunger calling on supermarkets to cut down on waste and making waste reporting obligatory.
Interesting news that Munich Re, the world largest reinsurance group, have put together a consortium of companies to develop solar power generation in the Saraha – hoping to produce 15% of all of Europe’ s power by 2050. The twelve member companies have stumped up millions of pounds for a three year feasibility study of the scheme which involves concentrated solar power (CSP) – mirrors which direct sunlight to produce heat which then drives steam turbines to generate electricity. Desertec, a European network of scientists and engineers says that by covering just 1% of the World’s deserts with CSP schemes would produce all of the electricity the world needs.
In other news, a coalition of businesses have produced a report with the working title “Lessons from UK Climate Policy” criticising current government policy on dealing with climate change and calling on ministers to introduce firm prices for carbon, extra tax breaks and other incentives including better capital allowances for green technology investment.