Why do diesel drivers do this?

A flash new diesel SUV in the supermarket and as happens so often the remaining nitwit in the SUV insists on the diesel engine continuing to run, I was away from my own small car and twenty minutes later he’s still got the running !!!

I think some form of bye-law banning this would be in order.

This always annoys me, diesel drivers parked at the supermarket yet the engine running. I was starting to get vocal, the driver oblivious, never mind, gave him a good peep on the horn as I pulled away and twenty yards further on spoke to total strangers … “Theres catastrophic global warming and for twenty minutes he’s been sat there with the engine running”!! Thankfully they agreed.

My own carbon footprint is improving, my walks and nature rambles happily closer to home, saves petrol too and since my washing machine broke down a couple of months ago i actually do prefer the simple manual activity of a plastic bucket. I have that ‘wonder-gizmo’ called a washing line and gravity drains my clothes and the breeze dries them, even on cold days its okay as long as not actual ice. Anyone that can should be encouraged to do likewise. there never has been a tumble drier here and these last few years it has always bugged me as to how long the washing machine took to spin. now, i don’t think i could tolerate its noise. i also do think that my towels seem cleaner and fresher by virtue of manual plastic bucket over electricity consuming washing machine.

What we now need to see is a reduction in street lighting and a reduction in needless use of security lighting for homes as well as industrial.  Homeowners often have glaring security lighting for yards / gardens they never hardly enter and that no sane burglar would ever wish to go there ie the place is bare, bereft.

bbc r4 news tells us theres moves afoot here in the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050. Fine, if we are still here (which I personally doubt ie Arctic methane, etc) …  but the cringing inadaquecy of the brief news piece at the top of the hour was that we “May have to turn the thermostat down to 19” and also that “We may have to eat less red meat” … wow talk about inadequate!

Ideas for reducing carbon foortprint …

  • halve red meat consumption every two years, get inventive in the kitchen.
  • ban diesels idling in car parks.
  • wash a few items in the sink, get a washing line if feasible.
  • drastically reduce street lighting / security lighting and home outdoor lighting say to one third.
  • drastically reduce air flights, encourage limiting personal mobility from engine powered devices.
  • limit acceleration on bigger SUV type vehicles on open roads / motorways.
  • police more effectively forest elimination ie for red meat production.
  • population control, a one child policy.

 

footnote: we read this morning how prescient tv presenter James Burke actually was, particularly the negative side of web and connectivity … https://www.indy100.com/article/james-burke-internet-politics-1985-video-viral-8894851

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burke_%28science_historian%29

Things microscopic …

Exc pic of chalk as per White Cliffs of Dover … coccolithophores.

 

A man that is fascinated with such things and he too talks of diatoms – a vast genus that will prove so crucial to this planets unfortunate demise as we know it, for instance symbiosis with coral reef ie Bryozoans and its the exploitationof ancient oil and gas from diatoms ( 70% originates from diatoms) that with cruel irony is our demise. Diatoms produce DMS a gas discovered by James Lovelock in the 1970’s that is fundamental in weather systems / cloud formation out in the oceans, likewise diatoms provide 20% of the worlds CO2 to O conversion. And invisible to the naked eye. No expensive microscope, a secondhand students microscope set to low mag ie x100 will do all you want.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatom

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccolithophore

and from the above wiki we get a link to DMS …. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyl_sulfide

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis

Interesting to see Lynn Margulis, i have a most fascinating book here, beautifully illustrated bought say twenty years ago ‘What is Life’ exploring the ideas of Ernst Shrodinger and his book of three quarters of a century ago. Note Sagan as in wife of Carl.

Another book, important and packed with knowledge is James Lovelock ‘Gaia’ a most incredible Independant Scientist, i’ve also his autobiography a very interesting read, easy too. But the Gai I have here suffers from too much colour in its explanations, more confusing than helpful in many cases. Never mind, i’m sure James Lovelock can hardly be held responsible once the publishers get their hands on it.

coccolithophore
coccolithophore

Utterly fascinating …

… good questions pitched to a most fascinating subject.

Only very occasionally do we meet someone as erudite, wide ranging, knowledgable and spirited and excited by his work as Prof. Kevin Anderson.

 

 

At 05:13 above for instance in the above (is an EXCELLENT guide to our impending problems and remember recorded at 2013) we have to reduce our energy consumption  … please tell that to my idiot neighbour with often front door access light illuminated and generally always his rear security light blazing away … merely to illuminate his shit-hole useless non contributory patch of three times bulldozed ‘yard’ to use the American term. Strong language prompted by severe stupidity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Larkin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Anderson_(scientist)

 

 

 

It was done by arrogance, by dogma, by ignorance …

I remember this from years ago, never more relevant. I’m thinking particularly of the abhorrent resurgence of Fascism and trump.

I quote “When people believe they have absolute knowledge and no test in reality” unquote

 

The above is at the end of his acclaimed tv series ‘The Ascent of Man’. I’ve watched this clip many times today, within his words is something, a great deal more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Bronowski

https://jacobbronowski.com/contents.htm

Same day here in the UK we hear Robert Winston on bbc r4 at teatime on the ‘pm probramme’ reminding us to be careful of our words, that in his personal outlook of being Jewish its a basic tenent to use words wisely, carefully. He specifically was talking in regard to trump and his trashy inciteful talk.