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Also, the use of wet wipes as toilet paper is increasing, with potentially disastrous results below ground. Thames Water says it has to clear nearly 40, blockages a year caused by fat and sanitary wipes being wrongly put down drains by restaurants and households.
Then more fat builds up. More wet wipes are being used and flushed.
It took Hailwood and the guys three weeks to flush this one out with high-powered water jets. If we hadn't discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston. It was so big it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks.
McDonald's collects more thanlitres of used cooking oil from its London restaurants each year, converting it to biodiesel to run half its fleet of lorries. London mayor Boris Johnson is pressing for waste fat to be used to run London's buses.
There is huge potential to unlock the value in used cooking oil and turn it to our economic advantage," Johnson said last week. One consortium plans to generate gigawatt hours GWh of renewable electricity each year — enough to run 39, average homes — by burning 30 tonnes a day of fat, oil and grease.
The oils will be collected from food outlets and manufacturers, and solidified grease will be harvested from "fat traps" installed in restaurant, hospital, stadium and factory kitchens. Possible negative impacts of the pigeon on society It is an unfortunate reality that there may be some negative impacts of pigeons living in close proximity. Whilst these are negligible compared with the positives outlined above, this work would not be complete without bringing both sides of the argument to the reader's attention.
Firstly, there is the risk that more people may become pigeon fanatics and that they may spend too much time watching them and not being productive to society. Secondly there are some human diseases and ailments which can be caused by pigeons. One of the most well known diseases is 'pigeon breeders lung', this is where people that live in close proximity to pigeons inhale small particles of feather and guano - this can irritate the linings of the lungs and cause health complications.
It is also now thought that Black Death in the Middle Ages may have been caused by a fleas which lived on little mice that lived on pigeons. Pigeons are thought to have been instrumental in the spreading of the disease as they flew from city to city and country to country. Finally there are also concerns that this may lead to a surge in the number of people engaging in pigeon racing and that this may impact negatively on the number of people with a gambling addiction.
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I therefore propose that any scheme which intends to integrate pigeons and humanity closer together should have a lengthy consultation process with Gamble Aware and health professionals in order to minimise any possible negative effects.
After all, the advancements that have been made in science and industry have come at a huge cost to the natural world and to the other species which are forced to share the planet with humanity. I propose that additional taxes should be levied based on the pollution which corporations produce, these funds could then be invested in improving the lives of animals.
I suggest the formation of a charity to manage these funds on behalf of animals until they are capable of handling the funds themselves. It is important to note that the following ideas have been discussed with academics that specialise in the field of futurology and they all reacted in a most positive manner and felt that these ideas were all realistic possibilities.
I believe that pigeons should be given the opportunity of choosing their own destiny. They should all be given the option of remaining on this planet and benefiting from mankind's technology or leaving the earth to go and populate a new planet which will be free of humanity.
As pigeons are unable to talk I suggest that all pigeons are lined up in single file, when they get to the front of the queue they can then choose which path to take. Left towards a rocket which propels them to new horizons or right towards a new era of technological progress on planet earth. An era of new technology I believe that it is only sensible that the first technological development that should be made for pigeons that choose to remain on the earth is the creation and implantation of cyborg brains that would allow pigeons to have higher intelligence levels.
I imagine that this new technology would either take the form of a transplant of a human brain into a pigeon's body or that computers will become suitably advanced and able to run from energy produced from the digestion of organic material.
With the help of an eminent futurologist we studied the rate at which technology has advanced over the past century and it is our belief that one of these technologies should become reality by around Once this development has been made they will then be capable of managing the funds allocated to them and to decide how they should be invested and which other technological developments should be prioritised. I envisage the funds being split equally between each pigeon and they will all be allowed to spend money in the way which they see fit.
For instance, it is possible that some pigeons once they have a greater intellect may start to appreciate fine art and therefore wish to be able to see all the different shades and hues humans can see in order to appreciate art fully.
These pigeons may then choose to spend their money on getting bionic eyes implanted - an artist's impression of a pigeon with a bionic eye is given below. Fig 17 Pigeon with bionic eye Other pigeons may become interested in fashion and spend their money on items of clothing.UK Garden Birds Feeding on Fat Balls
In the images below we have two pigeons trying out different looks. Fig 18 Pigeons with hats Some pigeons may suddenly find that now they have a greater intelligence that flying around, perching and eating seeds no longer makes them feel intellectually fulfilled. They may suddenly wish to read books and magazines, write letters and emails or to use computers activities which it is hard to do with only a beak, wings and feet.
These pigeons may wish to get bionic arms implanted into their bodies - an image of what this may look like is included below for the reader's benefit. Fig 19 Pigeon with bionic arms It would become incredibly tiresome for pigeons to have a great capacity for thought and to only be able to vocalize these by cooing.
Therefore, it is suggested that speakers are built into the bionic brains that pigeons have installed - these would be used to vocalise all thoughts.
In order to make life less monotonous I foresee that each pigeon will be able to select their own 'voice' from those of famous figures throughout history for example Stephen Hawking or Lloyd Grossman.
If pigeons wish to live lavish lifestyles which cannot be supported by their revenue from the pollution tax they will need to find a job. I suggest that their small size and flying ability will make them ideal private investigators, spies or couriers. Obviously, those that have arms will also be fully capable of doing any office job, so pigeons in the 21st Century may well become accountants, lawyers or even investment bankers. New horizons The pigeons that choose to leave the earth will travel across space in specially built rockets with controls that pigeons can use.
It is impossible to know where the pigeons that choose to depart the earth may end up. However, my analysis leads me to believe that it may well be Planet HD b.
I suspect that Planet HD b has nutrient rich soil and a plentiful supply of seeds which the pigeons will enjoy snacking upon. The composition of the atmosphere is mainly Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, with quite limited Oxygen supply, I suspect that the pigeons may well need to wear space helmets at all times.
This may make it difficult for them to eat food and may lead to starvation.