Swimming in Ashes?

Disclaimer: This may be a bit of a buzz-kill for your post-Valentine’s Day glow.


Would you go swimming in the middle of winter?  In an indoor pool?  Heated by a crematorium?

According to a February 8th Reuters article, the Redditch Borough Council in central England recently approved the use of waste heat from a crematorium incinerator to warm its local swimming pool.  Although this “energy efficient practice” is the first of its kind in Great Britain, it is not a European novelty.  Sweden has long used this green form of energy!

Local protesters are calling this proposal “gruesome,” “insulting,” and “sick.”  Although I was also jarred by this plan, I quickly realized that my revulsion stemmed from a deeper source than the goose bumps I got from the word “crematorium.”

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