- This "global warming" thing... what Watt is what? "Their mantra is best described as another wishful positive feedback mechanism to justify their faith in unreliable models." The bottom line here is that the Stern report is unwittingly correct in one aspect. Stern says that the ...
- Warming threatens world economy, study says The report by Nicholas Stern, who heads Britain's Government Economic Service, calls for a new round of international collaboration to cut greenhouse gas emissions ... Link (via- EcologicalInternet.org (Dr. Glen Barry)
- Pandemic - Ten years to save the planet Observer: The Stern Report will tomorrow reveal that if governments do nothing, climate change will cost more than both world wars and render swathes of the planet uninhabitable. Can the world find the will to act? ...
- Spend, spend, spend plan to tackle warming Sir Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist with the World Bank, may not speak for all of his colleagues across the globe, but he appears to have reached a startling conclusion: climate change could tip the world economy into a ...
Oct 31, 2006
"Wells Fargo survey found that Americans are showing signs of becoming more environmentally aware and want to take actions that save money, help preserve the environment, as well as add value to their home,".
For home owners dreaming of making improvements, environmentally friendly changes are the top choice, according to a survey released on Monday by Wells Fargo. 24 percent of those surveyed "dream green" and would purchase insulation, double-paned windows, solar panels and energy-efficient appliances, according to the bank's third annual US homeowners study.
Michael, keep writing... we will keep reading ;-)
ESS, Cleaning the world ...One Solution at a Time.
Here are a few previous Ethanol posts of interest for you:
- Reformulated Gasoline: Five Years Later
- Ethanol vs Biodiesel vs Gasoline
- Ethanol gets up to $6.8B in subsidies
- Ethanol Fool; fleeced or famine
- Ethanol - Americas Big Fat Loser
- Ethanol E85 not UL approved
- Ethanol gimmick
- Ethanol to rob 100's million's of worlds fresh water
- Why gas prices are soooo high.... really.
- `Green' Companies Might Cost You Your Green
Injecting more volatile liquid into the combustion chamber is decades old.
A two stroke direct inject diesel will blow this thing away. Now add propane injection and a turbo to the diesel and we have something efficient. Never mind, there already on the road (and rails).
Seriously, there are REAL cutting edge engine concepts all over the world improving efficiencies 200-300%. Before big auto will listen... come up with something ingenious that hasn't been done.
I loved the picture enough to post the article (made me giggle) Researchers demonstrating efficiency on a MACbook (more giggles ;-) sweeeet!
MIT researchers will have an engine that can go as much as 30 percent farther on a gallon of fuel than an ordinary engine. Moreover, the little engine provides high performance without the use of high-octane gasoline. Read more here VIA-sciencedaily.com
Baltimore Sun reporter Tim Wheeler introduced Ruben by pointing to Wal-Mart's three environmental goals: that its energy use should be 100 per cent renewable; that it should produce zero waste; and that it should sell products that are are environmentally sustainable. Wheeler asked, Is that for real?
Ruben immediately redefined the goals as inspirational injunctions to Wal-Mart staff. He acknowledged that they are achievable only in the very long term, but he insisted (correctly) that they are no less worthy. And he admitted (or stated, or posited; I don't want to imply anything unnecessary) that Wal-Mart is still in business; the company has not suddenly remade itself as a philanthropic organization.
Ruben's most compelling points were that Wal-Mart is really making headway in addressing some environmental issues. For example, it has retrofitted its truck fleet with auxilliary power units that allow it to save 10 million gallons of deisel fuel a year - reducing its greenhouse gas production by 100,000 tonnes.
Wal-Mart has also started to push compact fluorescents, expanding their presence and visibility in the stores. As a result of this fairly subtle marketing change, Wal-Mart hopes to sell 100 million compact fluorescents this year, resulting in a further saving of 25 million tonnes of CO2.
Oct 30, 2006
|Get Rich: The Eco-Advantage|
|Every few years or so, American companies and consumers embrace the concept of green business. But something seems different about our current green awakening. This time, the action is being driven as much by markets as morality. Here's a look at 50 of the most intriguing companies that are helping to drive today's green revolution. You might say they've found a way to do good and get rich. Read full story (from inc.com) |
|THE ROAD CREW|
Now that a few religious groups are starting to think that maybe blowing up entire mountains, removing the coal, and then dumping the leftover debris into neighboring valleys and streams (also known as "mountaintop removal") isn't what God intended us to do with her earth, the coal companies are politely informing them that although they're well-intentioned, they're also misguided:
Well, that's not precisely how they word their defense of mountaintop removal, but it's the general idea. Their exact words were:
Oct 29, 2006
Oct 28, 2006
The latest to attempt to get an overview of the corn and soy landscape is Tom Philpott, who writes about "Ethanomics" over at Grist. His story's subhead says it all: "The shining promise of ethanol doesn't add up for farmers." The somewhat longer (but still short) version Philpott describes is that low corn prices help corn processors like ADM, not farmers. Even with ethanol demand pushing corn prices up, and farmers banding together to invest in their own ethanol plants, farmers may not be able to make any real profit in the ethanol biz because - thanks to everyone having the same idea at the same time - we're about to enter a time of excess ethanol. ADM, with deep pockets and the drive to buy up small ethanol producers, will weather the storm. For farmers, Philpott doesn't see the clouds breaking quite so nicely.
[Source: Grist/Tom Philpott- VIA autobloggreen.com]
[Source: Reuters via CNN Money VIA autobloggreen.com]
Oct 27, 2006
Cutting-edge research identifying the types of products that cause the greatest environmental damage is the focus of a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology. Full read here
I was emailed this by a colleague: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,225719,00.html
Seriously, FOX? Simpson maybe? but, FOX as news... hard is always a hard sell
From FOX news: Respond to the Writer
With respect to the Earth's potential feedback mechanisms, climate modelers try to justify their predictions of global temperature change caused by increases in carbon dioxide by pointing out that positive feedbacks from water vapor and clouds amplify the small direct effect of increased carbon dioxide. Although even the IPCC acknowledges that these positive feedbacks are highly uncertain, the modelers proceed to explain away their exaggerated predictions of warming by claiming, in turn, that about two-thirds of the warming are cancelled-out by aerosols, such as manmade pollution. Aerosol experts, however, are not even sure aerosols are capable of doing this.
Positive feedbacks? Negative feedbacks? Which is it? Both? Neither? A combination? While no one really knows for sure, consider this: it appears that the Earth may exert a net negative feedback on greenhouse gas-induced temperature change that adjusts our theoretical calculations downward to match actual observations. In contrast, the modelers suggest positive feedbacks to adjust actual observations upward into alarmist theoretical calculations.
What, then, is the value of piling guess upon guess "as the climate modelers do" to arrive at an answer that is rendered invalid by the historical temperature record?
Considering these points -- along with news of recent research into cosmic rays impacting global climate, the limited physical capability of carbon dioxide to impact global temperature and other various greenhouse myths propagated by climate alarmists "it's no wonder that Sir Nicholas, Al Gore and their brethren keep chanting that the "overwhelming weight of scientific opinion" supports the need for, what in reality would be, economy-killing greenhouse gas regulation.
"Their mantra is best described as another wishful positive feedback mechanism to justify their faith in unreliable models."
The bottom line here is that the Stern report is unwittingly correct in one aspect. Stern says that the science shapes the economics.
- Carry a flashlight
- Walk, don't run.
- Stay on Sidewalks
- Obey traffic signals
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods
- Don't cut across yards or driveways.
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
- Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
- Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
- (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
- Approach only houses that are lit.
- Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
- Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
- Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
- If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
- If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
- Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
- You should know where they're going.
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
- Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
- Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater.
- Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
- If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and
- single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.
Oct 26, 2006
How an Aging Population and our Growing Addiction to Pharmaceuticals May Be Poisoning our Rivers
When residents of Heritage Village and two other nearby retirement communities flush their toilets, wastewater laced with traces of prescription drugs rushes through a series of pipes into the Heritage Village treatment plant...
The effect of those drugs on the environment, and possibly on those who drink water pumped from those streams, is only beginning to be understood...
In 2002, the USGS published the results of its first-ever reconnaissance of man-made contaminants...the agency found traces of 82 different organic contaminants -- fertilizers and flame retardants as well as pharmaceuticals -- in surface waters across the nation. [Onearth, Fall 2006]
And we mean power a car. "A four-passenger sedan will drive like a Ferrari," Clifford predicts. In contrast, his first electric car, the Zenn, which debuted in August and is powered by a more conventional battery, can't go much faster than a moped and takes hours to charge.
The cost of the engine itself depends on how much energy it can store; an EEStor-powered engine with a range roughly equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered car would cost about $5,200. That's a slight premium over the cost of the gas engine and the other parts the device would replace -- the gas tank, exhaust system, and drivetrain. But getting rid of the need to buy gas should more than make up for the extra cost of an EEStor-powered car.
As prices on the oil markets continue to approach their highest for 21 years - threatening a repeat of the fuel protests of four years ago - a leading expert on the Stirling engine has claimed it could reduce petrol and diesel consumption in motor vehicles by more than half.
Dr Peter Waddell, a retired reader in mechanical engineering at Strathclyde University, believes the internal combustion engine - workhorse of the western world for more than a century - could be replaced by a modern interpretation of Robert Stirlings 1812 engine.
He claims that, using new advances in technology, the Stirling engine could easily match a modern petrol or diesel engine of a similar capacity, but with an improvement in efficiency of about 30 per cent.
Read full here
The study says 1.7 million cars could be filled with gas for a year if vehicle occupants would slim down. Factors that were eliminated in the study included cargo weight and poor vehicle maintenance that reduced fuel economy. The survey is a reminder that the average American now weighs 24 more pounds than in 1960.
I wonder if the study address vehicle selection, or if it's based just on lost fuel economy due to a heavier load. Wouldn't larger consumers favor gas-guzzling fullsize SUVs for more comfort? If more people were thinner, would they be buying compact and mid-sized cars instead of big trucks? Can anyone from Toyota marketing clue us in on the waistline psychographics of Prius consumers? [Source: Jon Hilkevitch/Chicago Tribune ]
Related: Green scientist favors coal-to-fuel plant, Improvements in generating clean diesel from coal
Wal-Mart Wins Preliminary Approval to Build in Cabo, Opponents Vow to Continue Fighting It - The world's largest retailer won preliminary approval on Tuesday to build a store in Cabo San Lucas after an almost two-year battle, but opponents vow to continue fighting the project with demonstrations or by blocking roads.
Brazil Bus Firm Powers Fleet on Biofuels - South America's largest city might be getting a bit greener. A bus company in Sao Paulo is now powering part of its fleet with a new mix of biofuels and diesel in an effort to curb emissions and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Schwarzenegger Prods Bush on Warming - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently signed a sweeping law to cut greenhouse gas emissions in California, complained in a letter to President Bush that there is no coherent federal policy to stop global warming.
Panel Says New Great Lakes Water Deal Needed - A U.S.-Canadian pact to clean up the Great Lakes has run its course after more than three decades and should be scrapped in favor of a more effective, modern strategy, a binational panel said Tuesday.
Environment-Friendly Label Pays off for Tourism Businesses - Girdwood, Alaska tour operator Kirk Hoessle didn't think he'd ever get "green listed." But last year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated Hoessle's company, Alaska Wildland Adventures, as the top eco-tourism operator in the world.
Jewish Symbolic Wall Raises Environmental Concerns - Orthodox Jews who want to use a strand of fishing line several miles long to create a symbolic religious enclosure are getting entangled in a dispute with beachfront residents and California environmentalists, who fear the string will snag birds and spoil the ocean view.
Researchers Warn About Coral Reef Deaths - Researchers warn that more than half of the world's coral reefs could die in less than 25 years, killed off by a deadly cocktail of rising sea temperatures, silt runoff from construction sites, algae and other toxic ingredients.
Australian Government Announces Funding for World's Largest Solar Power Plant - The Australian government announced Wednesday it will help build the largest solar power plant in the world as part of a new strategy to combat global warming.
LA Has Californa's Worst Beach Water - A study released Tuesday found that once again Los Angeles County has the state's most polluted beaches, but this time a new city has been anointed as the county's biggest loser -- Long Beach.