Our speaker at the February meeting was Dr Martin Hodson an environmental biologist who is a researcher and lecturer at the two Oxford Universities. Martin had previously visited us to give brilliant talks on GM crops and climate change and at this month’s meeting he gave an excellent talk on “The Future of Energy”. He explained in easy to understand terms, the problems of our current reliance on fossil fuels for the world’s energy supplies. The pros and cons of fracking and nuclear energy were discussed and the possible effects of the recent change in policy of the newly elected US administration. We were given some very interesting statistics on how in the last few years countries particularly China and the US, had dramatically increased their interest in and use of renewable forms of energy. A very interesting and educational talk making us much more aware of the current world energy situation and possible options and consequences in the future.