EcoEmails

This originated with me sending regular emails to my close friends and family on environmental issues and changes which could ‘green’ their lifestyle. The group has unintentionally grown quickly as friends of friends ask to join. The EcoEmails don’t always give people an easy solution to a problem but try to make them aware that every decision they make has environmental and sustainability consequences. If you would like to join pls email me at muffinkimber@gmail.com

Green Box July 24, 2007

Filed under: TV, Books and Articles — ecoemails @ 12:46 pm
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This is just an interesting article that Mary found and thought I’d share with you all… (it’s pretty short don’t worry).
So if you are bored at your desk… this is to give you hope that technology is moving towards solving some of those awful problems that are troubling our world.

Greenbox: Captures Carbon Dioxide to Make Biodiesel
It sounds like three Welsh fishing buddies have developed the next best thing to a perpetual motion machine. The concept is thus: Fitted to car instead of an exhaust their Greenbox device traps carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. The box needs to be replaced about every full tank of fuel. “Through a chemical reaction, the captured gases from the box would be fed to algae, which would then be crushed to produce a bio-oil. This extract can be converted to produce a biodiesel almost identical to normal diesel.” Voila! – driving your car produces fuel. After a couple of years of testing and umpteen hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in research it would appear that there is more to this than the usual magic solution that crosses our desks. Of course the devil is usually in the detail.

greenboxNone is which overly forthcoming at the moment, with Reuters noting that the trio (a biochemist and two engineers) don’t even trust their wives with the info on how the Greenbox actually works. “After every demonstration they hide its individual components in various locations across North Wales and the technology is divided into three parts, with each inventor being custodian of one section.” (Indiana Jones would be proud.) What we can glean from the story is that in the UK they would need 10 genetically modified algae (Mmmm?) factories, each about 400 hectares (~1,000 acres), to process the CO2 from Britain’s 30 million cars. Still it’s good to know there are yet more inquiring minds at work on our global conundrum.
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http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/greenbox_captur.php

 

The Great Global Warming Swindle… July 13, 2007

Filed under: TV, Books and Articles — ecoemails @ 10:41 pm
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Channel 4 did a documentary called
The Great Global Warming Swindle…

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I don’t know if any of you watched it… but it basically was saying that Global warming had
nothing to do with human CO2 emissions and that it was all due to variations in Solar activity.

Unfortunately the documentary was made very well.
And even Will and I found the argument’s pretty compelling.

BUT

it was all bull shit….

And the scientists who featured in the film have since criticised it and complained that what they said was taken
out of context and chopped and changed to make it sounds like they were saying something that they weren’t.

The guy even used relabelled the axis on a graph to make a false argument about Volcanoes.

The Channel 4 Website now even admits that the contents of the film are CRAP.

So if anyone saw it and believed it or knows anyone who saw it please look at these websites…

http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article1517515.ece

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Global_Warming_Swindle

 

Weather Makers July 2, 2007

Filed under: TV, Books and Articles — ecoemails @ 1:14 am
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Right I’ve just read an amazing book…. It is all about Global Warming.

It is called the “The Weather Makers” but Tim Flannery

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I am sure it is not every one’s cup of tea.

But here are some reviews

http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/scienceandnature/0,,1754048,00.html http://www.theweathermakers.com/weathermakers/

http://www.smh.com.au/news/book-reviews/the-weather-makers-the-history-and-future-impact-of-climate-chage/2005/10/20/1129401350303.html