Posts Tagged "global-warming"

Global Storming
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 30, 2011 - 2 Comments in WATER

What goes up when the rain comes down?

Brace yourself!  Worldwide, 2010 was the wettest year since records began. And it was not just the amount of rain and snow, but the intensity which increased.

Choosing where to live in the future will be much more to do with protecting yourself against flooding than worrying about warmer weather and rising sea levels.

Australia, Pakistan, Tennessee, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, the Balkans, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Colombia, Sri Lanka, France and the UK all experienced devastating rainfall last year. And there was unusually heavy snowfall in some of those regions.

Why is this happening and what should you do about it? There is a list of tips at the end of the story. (more…)

Can this bucket save the world?
by ALEXBENADY on DECEMBER 7, 2010 - 0 Comments in WATER

Pieter Hoff

Forget geo-engineering and multi-lateral political accords. Could the answer to global warming –not to mention the impending global water and food crises, be found in a device that mimics the effects of bird droppings and is little more complicated than a bucket?

Earlier this year, after seven years and six million Euros in development, Dutch horticulturalist and inventor Pieter Hoff unveiled a gadget he calls the Groasis Waterboxx. It’s an incubator that works without power or irrigation and Hoff reckons it can help save the planet.

“Yes it is a bucket, but an intelligent bucket,” says Hoff. “My ambition is to use it to reforest five billion hectares of poor quality land, reducing levels of carbon in the atmosphere, increasing global food production and rebuilding depleted water tables around the world.” (more…)

Can advertising save the world?
by ALEXBENADY on JUNE 1, 2010 - 1 Comment in SPIRIT

Elder: a new green breed of ad exec

Advertising is arguably responsible for more damage to our planet than any other human activity. More than manufacturing. More even than oil and coal extraction. That’s because the £900 billion or so spent every year on advertising and marketing across the world fuels our desire for ‘stuff’ and keeps the consumerist flames  burning bright.
But it is possible that advertising may soon shrug off its reputation as the bad guy when it comes to global warming. Just as advertising has been a major contributor to the world’s environmental problems, could it soon become a major part of the solution to those problems? Instead of destroying the world, can advertising help save it? (more…)

Senators back mini-nuke
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 22, 2009 - 3 Comments in ENERGY
Murkowski: nukes not minks

Murkowski: nukes not minks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following news release:
Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced legislation to direct the Department of Energy to develop innovative, low-cost nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Power 2021 Act (S.2812) proposes a program to design and certify small modular reactors (< 300 megawatts) which can be built and operated in combination with similar reactors at a single site. (more…)

Top govt advisor attacks Big Power
by ALEXBENADY on OCTOBER 30, 2009 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, OFF-GRID 101
Simpson: Local hero

Simpson: Local hero

The UK is in the grips of a power cartel, says an insider from the governing UK Labour Party.

That cartel actively hinders the fight against global warming by lobbying for its own narrow commercial interests at the cost of local democracy and the future health of the planet.   It’s an argument that off-gridders and anti-capitalist campaigners will be familiar with. It’s not really what you expect to hear from an advisor to Her Majesty’s Government. Yet it is precisely the belief of Alan Simpson, who occupies a place close to the heart of political power in Britain as  energy advisor to the Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband and Member of Parliament for Nottingham South. (more…)

How to power a Climate Camp
by ALEXBENADY on SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 - 4 Comments in COMMUNITY

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Cycle-powered hovercraft
UK campaigners are just dismantling a week-long “Climate Camp” in London which succeeded in highlighting the link between finance and the climate crisis in the world’s media.

Nearly 2,000 campaigners set up temporary home on Blackheath, an area of open common ground in South London, overlooking the financial towers of Canary Wharf and The City of London.

“We are targeting the City of London because it is the centre of an economic system whose obsession with economic expansion and the chase for profits is making it impossible to deal with the climate crisis,” (more…)

Clinton:do as we say,not as we do
by ALEXBENADY on JULY 21, 2009 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, PEOPLE
Secretary of State Clinton and Indian Minister for Environment Jairam Ramesh. Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

Sorry the hardest word.

The United States has for the first time accepted responsibility for its contribution to global warming, but her Indian hosts are unlikely to be impressed with the way US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton couched her statement.

In an attempt to encourage developing nations to cut their carbon emissions,  Clinton warned an audience in Mumbai last week not to make the same environmental mistakes the developing world has made. (more…)

Why I won’t fly to America
by ALEXBENADY on JUNE 30, 2009 - 0 Comments in MOBILE, OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE

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Larch Maxey: can’t fly, won’t fly
An off-grid academic has become a media hero in Britain after he refused to fly to an environmental conference in the United States.

Larch Maxey, Doctor of Sustainability at Swansea University lives in a self built chalet, and does everything he can to keep his carbon footprint low.  He had been offered the all expenses paid trip to attend the Smithsonian Festival in Washington last week to present a paper on global warming.

“If I had flown, it’s more than my share of carbon emissions for a couple of years,” said Dr Maxey. Instead he presented his paper, ‘The Future in Our Hands: Low Impact Development and Sustainability Transitions,’ by video link. (more…)

Michael Jackson’s Earth Song
by SPY_VONDEGA on JUNE 26, 2009 - 9 Comments in PEOPLE

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Michael Jackson in 1995
Michael Jackson sang in his best known environmentally conscious track “Earth Song”: “Did you ever stop to notice, the crying Earth, the weeping shores? What have we done to the world?”

This kind of ecological concern from artists was not common at that time (1995). The brilliant video – which was derided by some of the pop press as “hard to understand” featured shots of wildlife and Jackson walking through a burned out landscape.

In 2007 the pop superstar told Ebony Magazine he was “very concerned” about the “international global warming phenomenon.”

“I wish they would have gotten people’s interest sooner. But it’s never too late…..It’s been described as a runaway train; if we don’t stop it, we’ll never get it (our world) back. So we have to fix it, now.

“That’s what I was trying to do with Earth Song, Heal The World, We Are The World – writing those songs to open up people’s consciousness. I wish people would listen to every word.” (more…)


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