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'The answer to future energy needs is blowing in the wind'
EIA co-Founder & Director Jennifer Lonsdale blogs on our strategic partnership with green energy supplier Ecotricity ...
"Green electricity didn’t exist in the world back in 1996. When Ecotricity offered it for the first time, it became not just Britain’s but the world’s first green electricity company, kick-starting the now-global green energy generation industry.
"Ecotricity’s mission has always been to change the way electricity is generated and used in Britain, challenging the non-renewable energy generators and the business models of the Big Six suppliers.
"I switched my energy supplier to Ecotricity when EIA first became a partner several years ago, particularly encouraged that EIA would receive a donation as a result and that by switching I would be supporting the development of renewable energy generation ...
"If we are to tackle the threat of climate change and degradation of our environment, we have to work together to end the dependence on ‘ancient sunshine’ fossil fuel industries (coal, gas, oil) and implement strategies that focus on safe, renewable and sustainable energy, transport and food production ..."
If you would like to switch your energy supplier to Ecotricity, EIA could receive up to £60. Call free on 0800 302 302 (quoting EIA1) or visit www.ecotricity.co.uk/eia.
Read Jennifer's blog in full at eia-international.org/the-answer-to-future-energy-needs-is-blowing-in-the-wind
#climate #renewables #wind
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48 minutes ago ·
Japan: A New Threat to Whales - Snake-Oil Salesmen
A Japanese company wants to turn whale meat into the next rhino horn.
Just as unscrupulous dealers in China and Vietnam started making unsubstantiated claims a decade ago that rhino horn could cure cancer and hangovers, Japan's Kyodo Senpaku is now marketing Icelandic whale meat as a way to treat dementia and fatigue.
The move comes in response to plummeting demand for whale meat in Japan. Consumers there now eat 4,000 to 5,000 tons of whale meat a year, down from 200,000 tons in the 1960s. About half of this year’s imports by Kyodo Senpaku will come from Iceland ...
“This isn't the first time balenine has been used to market whale meat,” said Clare Perry, head of the Environmental Investigation Agency’s oceans campaign. “It's been mentioned for several years by those that are desperate to sell whale meat to a dwindling market.”
An example of that desperation: Last year the whale-meat industry introduced a cute cartoon mascot called Balenine-chan to help it market its products.
So, Why Should You Care? In addition to the medical claims, which EIA called “quack medical uses,” Kyodo Senpaku is selling meat from endangered fin whales from Iceland. This not only further threatens the whales but could jeopardize the people who try to treat their illnesses with whale meat.
“There are multiple concerns about toxins in whale meat, and of course anything that might encourage people to eat more does pose a threat,” said Perry. “As well as mercury, which is linked to developmental and cardiovascular problems and Parkinson’s disease, Icelandic fin whale products have actually been rejected by the Japanese health authorities due to high levels of pesticides, as has Norwegian minke whale meat.”
Full story at www.takepart.com/article/2015/07/01/new-threat-whales-snake-oil-salesmen-0
#Japan #Iceland #whales #whaling #snakeoil
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3 hours ago ·