Tag Archives: climate change

Stifling innovation #2: Overland Flow

This story is a follow on from the British Standard Fire Test of an earlier post. It is the story of how an attempt to be innovative with design in the aftermath of a major natural disaster foundered on the rocks of tick-box regulation.

Satellite image of Chelmer on the Brisbane River in January 2011. Source; ABC/Nearmap.

Satellite image of Chelmer on the Brisbane River in January 2011. Source; ABC/Nearmap.

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Climate Change: It’s complicated or what!

Solar_Flare_and_Coronal_Mass_Ejection_2010-02-12_lrgCalm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth

First seen (by me) on the New Zealand Herald site.

Originally reported by Jean-Louis Santini (AFP)

Washington — The surface of the sun has been surprisingly calm of late — with fewer sunspots than anytime in in the last century — prompting curious scientists to wonder just what it might mean here on Earth.

via AFP: Calm solar cycle prompts questions about impact on Earth.

The question that exercises my mind now is what this means for the global warming debate. Continue reading

Doha Dreaming

Doha Dreaming

“There is surely a correspondence between an exhausted culture and a populace devolved so far into mental dullness that it can’t recognize its predicament. We don’t seem to get how much the industrial production spree of the past 200 years has just plumb worn us out, not to mention the ecosystem we were designed to dwell in” writes James Howard Kunstler under the title “Modernity Bites” this November 26, 2012.

James’ thesis is that we are at the end of the industrial era and that the economic structures it has spawned are imploding around us.

What if we just accept the reality that the industrial spree was a self-limiting adventure and now we have to move on?

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The Manpollo Project: How it all ends

Greg Craven, an American high school science teacher, posted a 2007 viral video (not “a virus”, rather it’s popularity spread rapidly) on YouTube: “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See”; an appeal to act on climate change. It received over four million hits in the first six months online.

This grew into the Manpollo Project, in their words:

So what is Manpollo, anyway?

We provide a risk-management perspective to the often political debate of global warming. We aim to quantify the possible consequences of international, national, statewide, and personal action, based upon economic and climate models provided by top scientists in their respective fields.
Our goal is to get people asking the right questions about global warming. We believe that, as citizens, we should NOT be debating whether global warming exists, and we should NOT be debating whether we’re responsible for it. Instead, we should use the various opinions from credible experts in these fields to answer a much more important question: “Given the risks and uncertainties of global warming, what is the best action (or no action) to take?”

I highly recommend taking 10 minutes to view Greg’s presentation on why we don’t need to believe in global warming/climate change before deciding to take action:

For more visit: The Manpollo Project