Flying in the face...

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Why then is The Engineer giving away flights as the incentive for me to write in? Call me a killjoy, but this is surely a terrible contradiction when air travel is a prime offender. .

I was interested to see in your 17 July issue letters on global warming, carbon emissions and biofuels, a news story about generating energy in our communities from locally-grown crops while Viewpoint talked about heating our pools with 'sunbather' tiles.

Why then is The Engineer giving away flights as the incentive for me to write in? Call me a killjoy, but this is surely a terrible contradiction when air travel is a prime offender.

I realise the tickets are 'courtesy' of bmi, in return for a piece of high-impact advertising but if I win I think I'll decline the tickets and maybe you could send me a solar tile or two instead - or maybe the accommodation for a weekend's cycling holiday near to home. I look forward to seeing you lead by example.

Dawn Moreton

Carrs Billington Agriculture



Justin Gudgeon is right to put energy use research into a broader perspective (Letters, 17 July).

As the recent heatwave cools down, the great British public, having rediscovered the outdoors, will light up its stock of gas patio heaters, and at a stroke will cancel out most of the last few years of effort towards energy saving and reduction of greenhouse emission.

In one hour this stupid appliance, which cannot cook, generate or propel, pumps 15kWh of heat into the atmosphere - as much as an average house uses effectively over a mild winter's day. In doing so it produces 3,000gm of CO2, equivalent to at least 10 miles of motoring.

If governments wish to signal how serious they are about global warming, they should outlaw or at least very heavily tax the sales of gas patio heaters as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, engineers with a conscience should take every opportunity to curtail further development and use of these wasteful and destructive devices and recommend an extra layer of clothing if necessary.

Richard Osborne

Alcester, Warwks

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