Wild Bison to be reintroduced to the UK

It has been announced today that wild bison will be reintroduced to the British countryside for the first time in between 6000-15000 years (no one seems to really know apparently). Per the BBC news:

“The £1m project, led by Kent Wildlife Trust and the Wildwood Trust, is aimed at helping to manage Blean Woods near Canterbury.

A wild herd of European bison, the continent’s largest land mammal, will be in their new home by spring 2022.

The breed is the closest living relative to ancient steppe bison, which once roamed Britain.”

The above editorial illustration was done in about an hour. Nothing fancy – just thought the idea of a bison on the tube was amusing. Enjoy!

UK’s largest solar farm given the go-ahead in Kent

I’m not going to pretend to know much about this, because… well, I don’t. What i do know is that the proposed site is called Cleve Hill in Kent. The solar farm will cover over 900 acres and provide energy for 91,000 homes – for comparisons sake an average coal power-plant is about 19 acres (not including the land required and disrupted in the coal extraction process). There are environmental concerns mainly focused on disturbances to wildlife, however the argument has been made that the land was intensively farmed anyway (with use of pesticides and other chemicals). The venture has been funded by Wirsol Energy Ltd. and Hive Energy Ltd. and will cost £450 million. Both companies are privately held.

Personally I think this is a step in the right direction. Clean energy production needs to be a priority moving forward if we are to continue to evolve as a society. Will this mean job losses in the fossil fuel industry? Probably, but the subsequent jobs created in renewable energy will sure make up for this.

For more (reliable) information visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52841223