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The Terminator takes out the white house over Global Warming

Posted by TheGreen on 07/15 at 02:54 PM
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The Terminator’s Arnold Schwarzenegger takes Bush out over bogus Global Warming attempt. The explosions, slayings and hot women abound in the White house as Arnold speaks out on the Bush administrations lack of movement on Global Warming. Seriously though, Friday, Stephen Johnson, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, declined to take any initiative whatsoever on regulating greenhouse gas emissions under current laws, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled over a year ago that the agency had the power to do so. Schwarzenegger commented, “(this) really means that basically this administration did not believe in global warming, or they did not believe that they should do anything about it since China is not doing anything about it and since India is not willing to do the same thing, so why should we do the same thing?” Schwarzenegger believes the U.S. should be the leader in the fight against climate change.

I have always been a movie fan of Arnold’s and I have been a pretty regular political fan of his too. Albeit hind site is 20/20, it would have been the biggest power move the US of A has ever made, or any country in the world, if they put the money into local development of energy alternatives instead of spending it all on ripping up yet another country. At this point, the US could be well on their way to being independent of Oil all together. A bit like Apple finally saying “No more 3.5 inch floppy drives in computers.” Everyone said Apple was nuts, but hey, how many people use those now? I only wish Canada would take the huge step and stop helping rip up Iraq, and put that money into local development of an alternative energy source, and get off the oil diet. The first country to do that will be a world leader, envied by all.

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Paint on solar panels. It’s about time!

Posted by TheGreen on 07/11 at 04:04 PM
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Imagine turning the windows in your house into solar panels, just by painting them with an organic transparent dye. This die is claimed will absorb and transport light to photovoltaic cells that sit in the window frames. There it is converted to electricity. You can even paint this on regular solar panels to further increase the efficiency of current solar panels. Though I can’t see it being a huge increase as the solar light that creates the power in the first place is being absorbed by the dye. The team at MIT found that using specific combinations of dye—where each dye absorbs a different wavelength of light—they were able to avoid light being lost as it travelled to the solar cells in the window frames.

It is not that the dye will create the electricity, it merely acts as an efficient transporter of light. This means concentrating light into specific areas on a surface. This would be a huge boon to the electric car auto industry also, and I assume you could paint this die onto your roof or house walls too. Now if they can come up with a spray to cover your driveway, that would be cool. Or better yet, cover all the roads with a spray on dye that would concentrate the lights energy into collectors by the side of the road. Okay, I am getting a bit carried away, but one day… you read it here first.

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Cow fart collection to help combat global warming

Posted by TheGreen on 07/09 at 03:14 PM
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If you thought you saw it all, check this out. The Argentine government is collecting cow farts in an effort to combat global warming. Now, I have heard the story before that cows are one of the highest contributors to green house gases, so this in a way makes sense. Argentine researchers are claiming that cows produce more than 30% of the countries methane. As a major beef producer with over 55 million cows and each cow producing between 800 and 1,000 litres of methane a day, that is a lot of cow farts gas.

The story though begs the question, what other methane producing industries does Agentina have? What produces the other 70% of the methane in Argentina? According to the CIA’s World Fact book on Argentina, the major industries of Argentina are:
Agriculture: sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock
Industries: food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel

There were no figures the makeup in percentages of each industry. However the WFB goes on to state that Argentina’s natural gas production for 2005 was estimated at 43.76 billion cubic metres. The cows produce roughly 49 billion litres of gas or 49 million cubic metres of gas. That’s an addition half billion cubic metres of gas. I wonder if the CIA took that into consideration?

I am thinking that Echelon might have picked up this discussion since I include the Central Intelligence Agencies name a few times, and perhaps if the folks over at the CIA could shed some additional light on this subject, we would all be grateful.

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Global warming pushes Russia to destruction

Posted by TheGreen on 07/08 at 02:24 PM
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Global warming is creating destruction throughout Russia and the ex-Soviet states a report announced on Tuesday. This comes after the world’s richest countries issued targets on harmful emissions that environmentalists criticized as too soft. The report by British charity Oxfam and the green group WWF describes a grim picture of social, ecological and economic collapse in Russia its former empire, unless the world took urgent action.

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