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.”