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Category Archives: Science
I just came across an article stating that Audi have just done something pretty awesome.
Using water, renewable energy and atmospheric CO2, they have generated a synthetic diesel.
Read the article here.
Personally, I see it as a much bigger deal than simply a cleaner, more efficient fuel, which of course it is.
It’s actually sequestration. Moreover, it’s sequestration with potentially strong market influences. It’s also sequestration that brings a cyclic relationship to our carbon-based fuel.
Given strong global leadership on it, there is even a potential for us to modify the atmospheric CO2 concentrations to counter long term climate trends that could impact us negatively. Through controlling what we burn or store, we would be able to influence our climate for our benefit.
I recognise that I might be getting carried away with this news. However, depending on how this story unfolds, it could be a genuine game changer.
TED has a great page with a number of animated images. These paint a picture of what is happening to our oceans.
It’s easy to overlook such a massive tragedy from our vantage point.
See the rest here.
Firstly, I need to plug my survey again. I had a great response on Friday, but yesterday saw little movement. If the question and the answer matters to you, please try to get at least three friends or family members to spare 60 seconds to fill it in and a couple additional minutes to get three more to follow on.
Having worked as a retail “trainee” when I was 19-20 in what was clearly a way to get around minimum wage restrictions, I am concerned by this, but not surprised at the bi-partisan support, sadly.
Thinking for the 21st century!
Great to bookmark and refer to the future.
Expect this message to become a bigger issue over the coming decades.
Unfortunately, our leaders are not listening.
Sorry, second plug. This is my latest article on the Climate Spectator.
When the Gillard government introduced the carbon price, Abbott said people would pay thousands more a year in energy costs. He then said he would save people on average $550 a year in energy costs. Tasmanians’ are set to save $164 a year from the latest estimates.
For me, this is a clear indicator that reality is likely to be about 20% the estimate offered by our current PM.
And this is a genuine tragedy for the coal rich country down under, regardless what the short-term economics might say.
The following is the start of an article that Climate | Business Spectator published yesterday.
The weeks are few and far between when there isn’t news of job cuts, be it primarily manufacturing, services or research. A few hundred here, a couple thousand there, a revamp (with a subtle job loss undertone) for the rest.
And our brave Prime Minister stresses with his Canadian counterpart that job and economic growth are his primary focus. He wants to be the “Infrastructure PM” after all, and if we would all just chip in for his fuel tax, he would open the doors to a plethora of roles in road construction.
There is just one problem with this logic. Just because they’re fruit, it doesn’t mean an apple and an orange are the same. Just because he talks of jobs, it doesn’t mean an out-of-work postie, ex-Holden worker or researcher will be suitable fodder for his new roads projects.
Something a lot of us have been saying for some time; the maths simply doesn’t add up. The costs of energy in Australia are not largely the result of the carbon price. We will not be better off with the carbon price gone. We certainly won’t be better off with additional fuel taxes and GP co-payments.
This government clearly failed when they told us they would be one of “no surprises”. If they had told us they would be one of “no modelling” they would have been spot on.
An interesting back story the shifting Liberal ideology.
Everything you thought you knew about the supposed “wage explosion” is nothing more than spin designed to undermine workers rights.
Julia should spend more time exploring blogs and YouTube. There are plenty that have long known this.
No-one is convinced by the claim that countries are moving away from a market based approach.
I’ve wanted to write a response article to this, if time permitted. In short, great read, but I disagree with attacking the aged so heavily. Yes, a large proportion goes to them, but we have an aging population. More importantly, have we forgotten the point of “we are the 99%”?
There are massive problems with the distribution of money. More equal societies and a combination of super and taxation ought to support individuals throughout their lives. What kills that is when you live in a society that sees no fundamental problems with some having billions in personal net wealth among their communities.
Another one to bookmark. The “Aussie dream” for the 20th just doesn’t work in the 21 centuryst. How we manage the expected population growth in Australia over the next century will make or brake our cities.