Let­ter of the week Na­ture not nukes

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE State of Na­ture re­port (Town & Coun­try, Septem­ber 21) might be best de­scribed as an en­sem­ble of ran­dom sub­jec­tiv­ity upon which de­ci­sions that af­fect our bio­sphere will be made. Is it not time that we had ob­jec­tive in­for­ma­tion? Should we not task in­ven­tors to cre­ate de­vices that would ob­jec­tively and at low cost record the bio­di­ver­sity in flora, fauna, birds and bats, in­sects and aquatic? We could give prizes of £500,000 to any­one who could demon­strate a de­vice that ac­cu­rately does this over each year, send­ing its data wire­lessly to in­ter­ested par­ties, over­seen by the Royal So­ci­ety. We do sim­i­lar things with space­craft, so why not in our coun­try­side? Ah, but the cost. Yet we have com­mit­ted to spend­ing more than £100 bil­lion to re­place Tri­dent. Per­haps we should en­sure we have the data to make our Na­ture worth de­fend­ing. Dr Arthur E. Smith, Lan­cashire

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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