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Swedish town eliminates oil and gas

Posted on February 26th, 2014

It appears that a Swedish town of 80,000 people, Kristianstad, has been able to eliminate almost wholly their use of fossil oil and gas fuels. Their method: by burning the methane emanating from decomposing rubbish. Despite the undoubted production of CO2 from burning the methane, they produce, overall their output of greenhouse gases has reduced ove...

Gas Guzzlers and 4 by 4s

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Surely the first thing that any government with a real green agenda would do is ban large cars. Do we still need to be asking whether a 3-litre engine consumes more resources than a 1.5? And this is enough reason to ban them. Of course, I hear the free-choice lobby up in arms telling me that those who can afford should be able to choose ... but this...

The cost of bio food production

Posted on February 26th, 2014

"For the foreseeable future, organic food production can make vegetables so expensive that many of the poorer people in society will not be able to afford them so that their diet and health will suffer." Which society are we talking about here, because poor people in Europe are very different from the poor people in Africa? The health of Africans is...

Biodegradability of petro-chemical derivatives

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Petrochemicals are not generally biodegradable. It is only now after years of nagging by environmental groups and that it is becoming trendy to be bio that work is being down on finding more biodegradable materials. And the chemical companies are not the instigators of this trend. The result of throwaway consumerism has resulted in landfills as far ...

Chemicals or Naturals

Posted on February 26th, 2014

This post is an attempt to continue a long-standing conversation that I've been having over many years. I'm hoping those concerned will read it, but in particular to continue that discussion. While I don't expect to reach any conclusions immediately, I would like to make some headway, lay a few foundations and move on. The first postu...

Eco-Villages

Posted on February 26th, 2014

What a great invention! The Ecovillage, while still highly marginal cannot be said to be gaining support even in the current environment. And yet, what a logical way to go. Local employment, local produce, local waste disposal, water treatment and water collecting. But how feasible in the current legislature and what support is there for this concep...

Energy Production central or distributed

Posted on February 26th, 2014

There is much debate on whether to use renewable energy sources or not and of course, the discussion is veering in the right direction after many years in the balance. But even still we talk about centralising these energy sources such as hydroelectric, solar, wind and water. There is an alternative which today gets little press, and that is the dist...

Bio Food: getting away from Chemicals

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Chemicals seem to be everywhere in our environment and no more so than in our food. Whether it be colourants, stabilisers, emulsifiers or preservatives, it is a rapid task to look at some of the jars in your cupboard to determine the involvement of industrial methods in our food chain. Getting back to basics, either by producing our food or using lo...

The World According to Monsanto

Posted on February 26th, 2014

The film The World According to Monsanto is a shocking illustration of the influence and power of this multinational in manipulating the farming and food chain business. It describes how the Monsanto pharmaceuticals company has sewn up the Maize market, in particular in the US, with a deadly combination of pesticide and Round-Up ready genetically m...

Intensive farming methods

Posted on February 26th, 2014

Intensive farming methods have been made possible by mechanization, the Industrial Revolution and consumption of fossil fuels. Indeed, the economics of strategic reserves contributed to and were crucial battles during the First World War. What will happen when we come to the end of oil reserves? Are our coal reserves depleted or do we not use them be...

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