The island is now legally bound to go carbon neutral by 2050, after the Climate Change Bill gained royal ascent. Hitting the target will require renewable electricity, low-carbon heating, more electric cars and many other changes that will affect island life. It will also be pretty expensive.
Daphne Caine MHK, Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board, said: ‘It is a major milestone on the Island’s net zero journey. This important legislation commits us to significant action on climate change, which influences our economic growth and will help to maintain our reputation for being an internationally responsible and credible nation.
‘It also protects the most vulnerable in our society as we transition to a low carbon society.’
Christmas At The Nags
The Nag’s Head is again hosting its annual open-invitation Christmas Day lunch this year to ensure that no-one has to spend to the day alone.
A post on the Douglas pub’s Facebook page said: ‘As every year, a full Christmas meal will be supplied with no charge to anyone. There will be also non meat based options.Please do not be alone at Christmas for whatever reason.Come and spend the day with warmth and good company.You will be most welcome. The meal is buffet style and you eat what you wish. Turkey, roast beef and roast pork with all the trimmings and non meat options will be on offer from approximately 1pm. No need to drink alcohol as soft drinks and tea and coffee are provided. We would love you to join us.’
Meat The Champions
Throughout this week Isle of Man Meats has been handing out its award for the best meats. You can see the full results on its Facebook page, but we just wanted to highlight some of the winners.
The year’s Christmas Primestock Show beef champion and reserve chosen by W E Teare came from the Quirk family who own and run Corvalley Farm. The farm, which covers 420 acres, is located on the Peel coast road and extends up to Cronk y Voddy, 1000ft above sea level.
This year’s champion lambs, chosen by W E Teare came from the Rothwell family . The farming family from Foxdale won the prime lamb section for the third year in a row, a testament to the consistency of their high farming standards. The farms winning Beltex lambs were well-muscled with a lovely even covering of fat, at a perfect weight.
The UK has recorded the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 78,610 new cases on Wednesday. The previous highest number of daily cases was 68,053 on 8 January. The head of the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries, earlier warned the Omicron variant is ‘probably the most significant threat’ since the pandemic began.
The jump in cases follows the introduction of new measures in recent days, with mandatory face masks in most indoor settings and Covid passes for large events in England. Also on Wednesday, the UK gave out 656,711 booster or third doses of a vaccine – up by over 140,000 on the day before.
Gender Neutral Passports
A campaigner has lost a Supreme Court case challenging the government’s refusal to issue gender-neutral passports. Christie Elan-Cane said the application process breaches human rights laws by not allowing an “X” option. But the court said applicants’ gender was ‘a biographical detail which can be used to confirm their identity’. Christie Elan-Cane said the case will now go to the European Court of Human Rights.