October 12, 2011
Not sure why I keep doing this, but am watching now the BBC early morning news. They have a long on-location story about how scientists are studying the waves and movement of sand on the country’s shoreline in order to better prepare for rising sea levels. They report that sea levels have been rising about 3 mm per year, and “it is likely this rate will increase significantly in the future”, putting our coastline in peril.
No mention made about how the whole island of Great Britain is “tilting” due to tectonic forces, which cause some islsand edges to be moving up and other edges moving down–giving the appearance of rising sea levels from the perspective of a person standing on the shoreline.
It’s all about climate change, of course. Left unstated was that climate change all caused by man. However, rest assured, the scientists are on it and are working to understand the waves and sand movements to save us.
And of course, “it’s likely to get worse” was stated over and over.
(I wonder if the scientists have ever seen the “Shore Protection Manual“, published by the US Army Corps of Engineers many times over many decades, where all this wave and sand dynamics are already covered).
October 5, 2011
A Shocker – Next-Gen Biofuels Not Likely to Meet U.S. Mandates – NYTimes.com:
The report notes that producing enough next-gen, or cellulosic biofuels, will be particularly difficult. Sure, the Renewable Fuel Standard is creating a market by mandating 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuel by 2022, but the producers could fall short of that goal because of some known and hard-to predict hurdles, including: the need to convert more farms or other types of land to grow feedstocks, the high cost of converting the tough cell materials of a plant into fuel, and the dependence of growers and biofuel producers on government subsidies.
October 3, 2011
On Our Radar: Gaping Hole in Arctic Ozone:
The New York Times reports that the ozone hole in the Arctic (not Antarctic) is “gaping”. They don’t say why. I think they are pi..ed off.
Update 4 Oct 2011
Scientists Report Ozone Hole Over the Arctic – NYTimes.com:
Now the take is
While the extent of the ozone depletion is considered temporary, and well below the depletion that occurs seasonally over the Antarctic, atmospheric scientists described it as a striking example of how sudden anomalies can occur as a result of human activity that occurred years ago. At its maximum extent in February, the northern ozone hole reached southward into Russia and Mongolia.
They wrap up with:
“The Antarctic ozone hole is the drumbeat,” Dr. Fahey said. “We see it every year and it tells us that the stuff we did in the last two decades still matters” in terms of reducing the levels of ozone-depleting chemicals. Yet the ozone depletion recorded this year at the opposite end of the planet this year points to “the lack of predictability of what will happen in the Arctic,” he said.
October 2, 2011
We discovered a delightful French cafe in a quaint part of the city. After our Saturday morning walks we’ll often go there for a coffee and perhaps a croissant.
This may have been published on their menu before, but this was the first time I saw it. Restaurants, Pubs, and many retailers in UK tend to “tell” their customers what to do and how to do it. It’s all about the seller’s needs–not the customers.
As they say it “I want it My Way!” Or as some retailers say, “Have it Your Way!”.
Why so different here?