News of the month.

A recent statement by Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific advise has shown that the real and serious issues surrounding environmental impact by humans is a far greater threat to world stability and human survival than the threat of terrorism which the United States Government is leading us all to believe. "In my view, climate change is the most severe problem that we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism," Sir David says.

In terms of the real danger to humans and our security, stability and quality of life, the effect our Humans in general are having on the planets eco systems is a real and concerning problem.

Mr King said "Poor people in developing countries are likely to be most vulnerable. For instance, by 2080, if we assume continuing growth rates in consumption of fossil fuels, the numbers of additional people exposed to frequent flooding in the river delta areas of the world would be counted in hundreds of millions assuming no adaptation measures were implemented."

If nothing is done, the effects of global warming will kill many more people than terrorism.

Sir David says. "As the world's only remaining superpower, the United States is accustomed to leading internationally coordinated action. But the US government is failing to take up the challenge of global warming.

This has been quite clearly demonstrated in recent times by the United States, for example, when it pulled out and undermined the Kyoto treaty/ Kyoto protocol, which is trying to debate and tackle the threat of global warming.

The US is administration seems really scared that in having a sound environmental policy and a sustainable energy approach, they in turn will suffer economically. This seems to be unjustified and rather far fetched to us at Green Isp.

"The United Kingdom is responsible for only 2 per cent of the world's emissions, the United States for more than 20 per cent (although it contains only 4 per cent of the world's population)," Sir David says.

Ironically, the United States is one of the leading countries in the word when it comes to sustainable energy technologies, including Passive and Photo-voltaic Solar and Fuel Cell.

What needs to happen now is for their administration to embrace it and face up to it's responsibilities.

sources: on Reading the Independent


 
 

Breaking News.

Shell's reserves lower than thought. Shell, one of the worlds largest oil companies ( top 5) has announced that it believes it's oil reserves are a lot less than the had previously thought.

Shell now estimates it's proved reserves of oil and gas at 20% lower than previously thought, and is expected to announce its reserves have shrunk from 19bn barrels to just 15bn at its annual review sometime next month.

This means that there is now enough oil and gas in Shell's reserves to last just another 10 years, this really has come as a shock to a lot of analysts and experts, especially as Shell are world's third-largest listed oil company.

This really does make very clear the need for a more sustainable and renewable energy policy throughout the world especially in countries like the UK and the United States, which rely heavily on oil and gas for the strength of their economy.

This has now prompted ratings agencies to scrutinize the other top leading oil companies like BP, ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco in a hope that they will disclose details and information on fields they class as proved reserves.

All we can do is wail and see.

Watch this space for more info.

Here comes the renewable and sustainable revolution

sources: FT

Other News.

The North Hoyle Major Offshore Windfarm has just recently started to turn it's majestic turbine blades.

The power of the wind started to turn the massive 39 metre blades just a few weeks ago.

About 5 miles off the north wales coast, National Wind Power have developed this 30 turbine wind farm, which has the capacity to produce enough electricity for about 50,000 homes which equates to close to 60 Megawatts.

For more info click here

A Canadian inventor has come up with a way of generating electricity using water pushed through very small tubes, and will be suitable for small electronic appliances like radios and mobile phones.

Check this link for more info.

jan 2003