I received a curious email yesterday from our man at the UN climate talks in Spain, Geoff Keey. It began thus: “Last night, wind power supplied more than 40% of electricity demand here in Spain, with peaks of 44%. Spain has more than 17,000 MW of wind power installed; the equivalent of 17 Huntly coal-fired power stations.”

Impressive, I thought, who knew? But what’s it got to do with the price of fish? Then i figured that the thing is the vastly different “prices of fish” being seen around the world. Geoff has previously touched on the commendable efforts being made by Scotland to tackle climate change . He’s looked at Norway’s advance and he’s investigated the increasingly progressive role of Asian countries in the talks.
And I guess Geoff’s just feeling a bit glum; like a sticking-out sore, glum thumb, coming from a country that’s doing so painfully little to address the world’s biggest crisis.

The business section of today's Herald newspaper carries a headline: “Green energy in the doldrums”. It points out that as Copenhagen approaches, New Zealand’s efforts to develop clean energy are “stuttering” along, with projects either stuck at the Environment Court level or languishing through lack of funds.

This is a story of rabbits and tortoises. Except that there is no sign of the rabbit slowing or the tortoise catching up.

Incidentally, if you really really want to, you can track, in real time, the proportion of Spain's power that comes from wind (yes, there are some in the Greenpeace office who revel in this type of thing).