November 20, 2009
Just what will we experience here on Earth if the temperature rises by Six Degrees. Watch the video and you may get some idea.
Global Warming is happening. Places are drying up. Just to give an example that I have experienced, When I was a young kid I lived in Canberra, which is the capital city of Australia. We would regularly travel past a place called Lake George when visiting relatives who lived about 6 hours north of Canberra. My memory is that the Lake always semed to be full everytime we would pass it. For a number of years in the period around 1975 to 1983 this lake was regularly full or close to it. For the last 20 years or so that I have regularly travelled past the lake, it always seems to be dry or almost dry. Now this is just one example, however many people that I speak to have mentioned similar stories about more regular dry spells in the last 20 years or so, especially in Southern New South Wales in Australia.
You may have similar experiences from when you were younger, or you may disagree with me, either way I would like to hear from you through our comments.
October 8, 2008
Our planet has a finite number of animals and plants. If we keep going the way we are, eventually there will be nothing left.
There is only so much oil, only so much coal, only so much uranium. And yet there is abundant sunlight (at least for another few billion years) and by that time we could have transferred us all to another solar system.
Why is it that Australia especially is not going all out to replace the fossil fuel power stations with Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Tidal/Wave power generation. MONEY, that’s why, big business are just too greedy.
Any politicians reading this please wake up and stop the senseless destruction of the only planet that we currently know we can exist on.
Any big business people reading this please take your oportunity to jump on the green bandwagon as that is where your future business will have to operate.
Any other people reading this post, please speak up and let your local member of parliament know how you feel and that you will not except anything other than total respect for our environment.
September 25, 2008
Why do Fox and anyone else for that matter continually try to discredit the notion that climate change is man made? Why?
They have vested interests.
All I have to say is;
1. The world has lost about half of it’s forests due to clearing. These forests act as huge carbon sinks. The trees are basically solidified carbon.
2. Since the industrial revolution, there have been countless numbers of factories built all around the world which are releasing billons of tonnes of carbon dioxide, Sulphur and other greenhouse gases and toxins into the atmosphere each and every day.
HOW CAN SCEPTICS SAY THAT MAN IS NOT ADDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
We are obviously adding to the problem in a big way. It’s just commonsense.
July 5, 2008
Many of us may not have heard of the name David Keeling. Many may not have known why this scientist has made such an important impact on the way the world thinks about global warming. So let’s take a quick look at how this man made one of the most important breakthroughs in modern history.
In the early 20th Century it was suspected that the concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere was increasing. There was however very little measurements to support these suggestions and what data did exist varied widely.
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June 22, 2008
Video: TED Talks
In this video Al Gore talks about a new approach to the way we think about climate change. Al talks about new evidence that suggests climate change is happening faster than previously predicted and how we need to act with much more conviction.
June 19, 2008
This is a good news story about Eritrea, one of the world’s newest nations, a land devastated by war and the stripping of it’s trees to feed camels and to provide firewood for cooking. Eritrea now has some hope thanks to a Japanese American call Sato.
It all started with the re-establishment of Mangroves… something we had, for years been wiping out to provide profits for developers, despite being warned by scientists that they were vital for fish nurseries and the ecology in general.
As with most reclamation projects, the solution is to look at the way Nature does things, then learn from this often simple solution and give it a hand. Initially they had to use small amounts of fertilizers to get the Mangroves started, but once they got going, the areas ecology picked up, soon there were more fish, crabs, prawns and more plant matter… it was off and running.
“This is a low-tech solution to hunger and poverty. In these times of food price rises and global warming, it is just what the world needs,” Manzanar project manager Ammanuel Yemane, of Eritrea’s Fisheries Ministry.
June 1, 2008
In what may be an important breakthrough in the fight against global warming scientist claim to have invented a machine which will suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.
The machine has been invented by US physicist Klaus Lackner and his team. Lackner claims his machine offers more hope than attempts to cut down carbon emissions.
The idea is that the machines which would be the size of shipping containers would be produced in their millions and the captured CO2 could be pumped into greenhouses to improve the growth of food or plant crops.
The team of US scientists now plans to build a prototype which would capture one tonne of CO2 from the air every day.
The new invention may not keep everyone happy, as some environmentalist’s claim attempts to capture the dirty emissions is just undermining our ability to introduce true renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, etc.
But physicist Klaus Lackner, who led the U.S. team behind the invention, said the CO2 scrubber offered more hope than current efforts to cut carbon emissions by reducing fossil fuel use.
I’d rather have a technology that allows us to use fossil fuels without destroying the planet, because people are going to use them anyway,’ he said.
I believe that the CO2 sucker is a good idea as it is becoming increasingly evident that it is so hard to get Business and Government to clean up their dirty power.
What is really sad though is the fact that we need to invent a machine to suck CO2 out of the air, when every day we cut down millions of natural CO2 suckers. It is a really sad indictment of our so called “world leaders”.
May 26, 2008
A great presentation of a brilliant and logical solution to our most pressing problems. Wireless mesh-networking technology and a sort of carpooling system, will reduce many of our problems dramatically and quickly… this idea is more likely to improve the standards of living, social integration, reduce pollution hence global warming and perhaps save the planet, than any other thing I’ve seen so far.
There are sooo many opportunities to this method of transportation, and probably far more unseen benefits. The down side, companies wont make as much profit… and therefore governments probably wont react, that’s the worry, the fact that more people will benefit but less companies will. So it’s up to the people, and the price of petrol will help people make the decision that will benefit them.
Our current Australian Labor government, who undoubtedly receives political donations from the coal companies, would sooner give $500,000,000 to coal companies to develop the laughable ‘clean coal’ technology, than to encourage this type of wireless mesh-networking carpooling system… the ‘clean coal’ option they are talking about will take years and years… and still may not work, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
May 9, 2008
Photo: Spiegel Online International
It’s all very well to talk about how to fight global warming, pollution and injustice. However, most of what we see and do in relation to these problems, is only attending to the symptoms… catering for the symptoms gets you no where, it’s better to attend the root of the cause, if your past prevention.
The prevention, if your curious, is no more political donations and more referendums, as they have in the truly democratic Switzerland. The thing needed is the inclusion of a system, of not only protecting and encouraging Whistleblowers, but rewarding them according to the importance of the information they provide, and the rewards should come from the fines the individuals or corporations are forced to pay, once they are found guilty.
For instance, say a Halliburton employee comes forward with proof of say… Cheney’s corruption whilst in government, a percentage of the fine, say 10%, should be given to the Whistleblower (tax free of course). Now, it is important that the fines be proportionate to the crime.
For example, GM was found guilty years ago in the US of the conspiracy of basically doing away with the Tram system, so it could use their yellow buses and the fuel they use, a win win for them and those involved but a lose lose for everyone else. For this crime; which occurred in several states, they were fined $5,000… petty cash even in the 50’s.
On the other hand, Britain’s supermarkets and dairy groups were fined £116m (almost $230,000,000) by the Office of Fair Trading, after admitting fixing the prices of milk, butter and cheese… mind you they apparently cost consumers £270m ($530,000,000) in higher prices, so they got off lite, they should have paid say double what they gained in my opinion. This would mean that the Whistle blower by my system would have gotten say; based on the actual finds, nearly $23,000,000, even after paying for their Lawyers (spit on the ground) it was obviously a good deal for everyone except the corrupt corporations.
Now, we are all getting riped off, in the supermarkets, at the gas pump, the Banks, anytime we pay for a service or buy a product that just makes it past it warranty etc. etc. So can anybody think of a better way to fix the mess we are in now?
Occasionally I find a post which deserves to be just copied… the post below is such a post.
“ Bush’s plan for global warming? Wait until 2025. Only then, he said in a Wednesday speech, should the US cap greenhouse gas emissions. Germany is not impressed.
When it comes to global warming, much of the world has been resigned for years to waiting out the end of the George W. Bush presidency. Under Bush, the White House has altered climate change reports, spiked global calls for action and maintained that it would simply be too harmful to the US economy to address the growing dangers of a warming climate.
With just months to go before Bush makes way for his successor, the US president on Wednesday (more…) once again confirmed that waiting for number 44 is the way to go. Bush called for the US to halt the growth of greenhouse gas emissions — but only in 2025. As the San Jose Mercury News wrote on Thursday: “Allowing emissions to rise for the next 17 years is not a plan; it’s an abdication.”
Europe, not surprisingly, tends to agree. German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel (more…) called Bush’s presentation a “Neanderthal speech,” and said it represented “losership, not leadership. European Commissioner of the Environment Stavros Dimas was also critical. “President Bush recognized the need for mandatory federal legislation to tackle climate change,” he said. “But what he proposed will not contribute to the effective tackling of climate change.”
Others were more receptive of Bush’s foray into environmental policy and saw it as a move away from his legacy, which includes steadfast refusal to honor the Kyoto Protocol and leadership of a decidedly conservative Environmental Protection Agency.
“It’s good to have something on the table,” said Yvo de Boer, head of the UN agency that oversees international climate treaties, including the Kyoto Protocol.
German commentators on Friday weren’t in the mood to be quite so generous.
In an editorial headlined “Understood Nothing, Learned Nothing,” the center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:
“For the first time, Bush has concretely said what the world’s most dominant industrialized nation will do in the future to address global warming. His solution can be condensed into two words: absolutely nothing.”
“That’s a slap in the face to every citizen, local government and industry trade group — including a growing number in America — working to preserve the Earth’s atmosphere. And it’s a mockery of those nations that have set climate protection goals, as well as a free pass for developing countries that have refused to sign a binding international treaty on climate protection.” “
Website: Spiegel Online International
May 8, 2008
This little Air car reminds me a bit of the Citroën 2CV, which was and possibly still is, that ugly little underpowered French car, which strangely enough was quite popular. In defense of the French, the Citroëns as a rule have always been very innovative, but as with most rules, the 2CV I still think was the exception that makes the rule.
I believe that this Air car could well be an answer to pollution, global warming and commuting, it’s specs are pretty good, and to be honest I can’t see why it would not be so. Their claims are that it will do up to 200 miles, 60 mph and it can apparently be charged in something like 3 minutes… these are all very good and believable numbers, and it could do this with virtually zero emissions, especially if it’s compressed gas comes from using photovoltaic solar cells to power the air compressors.
However, the ‘perpetual motion’ thing is marketing doing what marketing does, make glib, uninformed statements which are ignorant of the laws of physics.