Why am I Confused?

Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) uses electricity to cool air until it liquefies, stores the liquid air in a tank, brings the liquid air back to a gaseous state (by exposure to ambient air or with waste heat from an industrial process) and uses that gas to turn a turbine and generate electricity.

Tragic?

Beyond belief?

“In Madrid, the father looks up, and then replies to his son: “That’s the Milky Way. Don’t you remember learning about it?” “Yeah…,” the boy answers. “I just didn’t know that you could actually see it.” The father looks back up, then removes his glasses. They both stare and stare.”  David Abram – In the Ground of Our Unknowing

Time to Speak out

Time to Speak Out

 

“During those same 50 years, populations of vertebrates (animals with backbones) declined by 60 percent on average. It’s been estimated that humans—along with our cattle, pigs, and other domesticates—now make up 96 percent of all terrestrial vertebrate biomass. The other four percent include all the songbirds, deer, foxes, elephants and on and on—all the world’s remaining wild land animals. We inherited a planet of astounding beauty, which we share with millions of amazing creatures—and, one by one, we’re crowding them out.” Richard Heinberg Post Carbon Institute

<newsletter@postcarbon.org> 22 April, 2020

 

We don’t actually have a resource shortage.  We have a population problem.  With other living things, when they eat out their environment, many die until balance is achieved.  But no, not homo sapiens sapiens.  We have become the most voracious and dangerous predator Earth has ever encountered.  We maintain our over population by enslaving other animals, penning them up in miserable conditions and chopping them up for Sunday lunch.

 

Who gave us the right to breed in such an out-of-control manner?  I cannot imagine a deity that would condone our actions.  Certainly not a God of love such as many of us have been taught.

 

For those of us who don’t do sky Gods, we realize that we don’t have the wisdom to manage a planet so must watch, study and learn to work in cooperation with Nature.  Why?

Because the Earth is not out there; we ARE the Earth.  We live in an Earth provided body.  It is not OUR body to do as we choose with which goes for every other living body large or small.

Our hubris has dropped us presently into a cultural and economic decline, albiet one of many in our short history on the planet.

 

Now, every day must be an Earth day for our days are numbered.

 

We must “ring the bell that still can ring” and look for the “crack in everything.”

 

Incubators of New Strains of Viruses

Incubators of New Strains of Viruses

 

 

“Factory farms that are ever-more intensive, ever-larger have proven to be incubators of new strains of viruses that have found ways to exploit the tremendous opportunity that 7 billion humans being represent. SARS, MERS, Marburg, Ebola, HIV-AIDS, swine flu, bird flu—three-quarters of newly emerging infectious diseases erupt through our broken relationship with nature and our brutality to farmed creatures. And the pace of their emergencies is accelerating.”  Carl Safina

https://orionmagazine.org/2020/04/becoming-wild-during-a-pandemic/

 

Look around you.  You might be shocked at just how many factory farms you see.

When breakdown becomes imminent

“To summarize in plain language: if we allow society’s winners to continue organizing how society functions, because of their narrow interests they will almost always perpetuate their winnings until the system becomes so irresilient that a breakdown becomes imminent.” pg.33

The Great Release,   Robb Smith www.integrallife.com

 

Democracy in the US is in great danger at the moment: 14/04/2020.

Ceasefire

Go for a global ceasefire!

 

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/global_ceasefire_loc/?cyitgib

 

2019 atmospheric methane increase greatest in five years

2019 atmospheric methane increase greatest in five years: preliminary data

By Rachel Frazin – 04/06/20 04:57 PM EDT

 

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/491424-2019-atmospheric-methane-increase-greatest-in-five-years

 

 

“The average level of methane in the atmosphere increased last year by the highest amount in five years, according to preliminary data released Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that the average level of methane in the atmosphere increased by 11.54 parts per billion (ppb) in 2019 over the level of methane in the atmosphere in 2018.

This is the largest increase since 2014, when the average level of atmospheric methane increased by 12.72 ppb.

NOAA’s data also showed that in December 2019, the last month for which data was available, the level of methane in the atmosphere was about 1,874.7 ppb.

The data in NOAA’s report is preliminary, and the agency said that it is “likely to change significantly.” A final value is expected this fall.”

 

Sky:

What this article and many others I have observed, fails to mention is that methane breaks down into water and CO2; both greenhouse gasses.  CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years.  Thus, methane doses out a double whammy of threat to the environment.

 

Cost or lost opportunity

 

“The Sun notes that a further five-year fuel duty freeze would ‘cost the government about £4bn a year’”

 

I don’t think so!

 

This is not a “loss” but a lost opportunity for a gain.

Editorial, The Sun

Methane Damage Greatly Underestimated

Methane emissions from fossil fuels ‘severely underestimated

19 February 2020

 

https://www.carbonbrief.org/methane-emissions-from-fossil-fuels-severely-underestimated

 

This happens in amazing regularity.  Surely we cannot be blamed for being sceptical!

Is it the media or those feeding the media?  Are scientists penalised for submitting “honest” predictions?  By honest I mean predictions based on peer reviewed data.  Valid in other words.  Or, is it that “honest” prediction data doesn’t even get reviewed because of fear of retribution?

 

Oil and Gas Damage Greatly Underestimated

 

Again underestimation.  This happens in amazing regularity.  Surely we cannot be blamed for being sceptical!

Is it the media or those feeding the media?  Are scientists penalised for submitting “honest” predictions?  By honest I mean predictions based on peer reviewed data.  Valid in other words.  Or, is it that “honest” prediction data doesn’t even get reviewed because of fear of retribution?

 

 

Oil and gas production is contributing even more to global warming than was thought, study finds

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/methane-emissions-humans-fossil-fuels-underestimated-climate-change/index.html