World without water


Tom Friedman on the Energy Technology revolution

Tom Friedman describes the latest revolution. This time it's a race for sustainable Energy Technology. In Tom's own words: "Drill, baby, drill is not the solution. Invent, baby, invent is."


Reporting of a jackass

I really don't get this. All the time, reporters are telling us to stay safely inside for the storm, blablabla. So then they go outside in the heart of a friggin' storm to report on the hard winds and the debris flying around. Man, we've seen Twister, mkay. We have an idea of what hard winds look like and what they can do. There's no need for you to go about risking your life as to show us. That stuff is for the new season of Jackass, jackass.


Play with evolution: Spore

This must be the game idea of the century so far.
Above is a short teaser on msnbc, below is a more elaborate presentation on Youtube.


Biofuels: crime against humanity

The telegraph with a great story on how biofuels have come from being seen as a solution to a universal catastrophe.


Saving the planet with 9 billion people

Jeffrey Sachs discusses the big issue.


Junk science: who needs GDP anyway?

Steven Milloy is douchebag of the week, spreading the all-corporate, pseudo-free-market, pro-capitalist propaganda that doing something to fix global warming is not worth the reduction in GDP these measures would cause.

Well, Milloy, have I got news for you, because, you seem to be missing the point. Not only is all the stuff we make (this would include the cows for McDonalds, right) the cause of man-made global warming. Anyone with half a brain can see that we're making and consuming all the wrong things, and way too much of it too! Therefor, my question is: who needs the GDP we might lose to tackle global warming? I certainly will not miss any of the useless crap this so-called 'economy' is producing, it's quite frankly a disgrace. Can we think of no better stuff to make? Do we really have to waste our every natural resource on crap?

Here 's a list of things we could do without as of tomorrow, for all those too caught up in making money off them:

-Soda's & beers
-Burgers & steaks
-Diamonds & gold

Start with those and you probably already have a bigger reduction in GDP then what baby Milloy was crying for. Deal with it, you dope.


World water day: rise of the water wars

If there's two issues we need to address asap, water is one of them. The bees are probably second. Respect and a Colbert bump to Dean Kamen.


Scarborough C'untry: I'm more concerned about my national security

Joe Scarborough is the moron of the week. He's clearly not ready to tackle the biggest issue of mankind in his age and decides to cry like a little school girl for his national security. Do your job, Scar. At least learn to do it! To hell with national security, we need fresh air and clean water, you moron!


MIT and others try to change our cars, because BMW will not

The City Car
The City Car is a stackable electric two-passenger city vehicle. The one-way sharable user model is designed to be used in dense urban areas. Vehicle Stacks will be placed throughout the city to create an urban transportation network that takes advantage of existing infrastructure such as subway and bus lines. By placing stacks in urban spaces and key points of convergence, the vehicle allows the citizens the flexibility to combine mass transit effectively with individualized mobility. The stack receives incoming vehicles and electrically charges them. Similar to luggage carts at the airport, users simply take the first fully charged vehicle at the front of the stack. The City car is NOT a replacement for personal vehicles, taxis, buses, or trucks; it is a NEW vehicle type that promotes a socially responsible and more effective means of urban mobility.

Team MIT has made it to the finals of the DARPA Urban challenge, a competition for cars and trucks that run without human help. The qualification was announced Thursday, Nov. 1, by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, who is sponsoring the competition with the goal of developing vehicles that can operate on their own in battle and keep humans out of harm's way.


Too much garbage, too much pollution, too much stupid, childish consumers

A hundred and six thousand aluminum cans per half a minute!? This really, really, really doesn't look good....


Kids Build a better Soybean-Fueled Car than Ford, Toyota or GM!

(CBS 17/02/2006) The star at last week's Philadelphia Auto Show wasn't a sports car or an economy car. It was a sports-economy car — one that combines performance and practicality under one hood.

But as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports in this week's Assignment America, the car that buyers have been waiting decades comes from an unexpected source and runs on soybean bio-diesel fuel to boot.

A car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon would be enough to pique any driver's interest. So who do we have to thank for it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No — just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School.

The five kids, along with a handful of schoolmates, built the soybean-fueled car as an after-school project. It took them more than a year — rummaging for parts, configuring wires and learning as they went. As teacher Simon Hauger notes, these kids weren't exactly the cream of the academic crop.

"We have a number of high school dropouts," he says. "We have a number that have been removed for disciplinary reasons and they end up with us."

One of the Fab Five, Kosi Harmon, was in a gang at his old school — and he was a terrible student. The car project has changed all that. "I was just getting by with the skin of my teeth, C's and D's," he says. "I came here, and now I'm a straight-A student."

To Hauger, the soybean-powered car shows what kids — any kids — can do when they get the chance. "If you give kids that have been stereotyped as not being able to do anything an opportunity to do something great, they'll step up," he says.

Stepping up is something the big automakers have yet to do. They're still in the early stages of marketing hybrid cars while playing catch-up to the Bad News Bears of auto shop.

"We made this work," says Hauger. "We're not geniuses. So why aren't they doing it?" Kosi thinks he knows why. The answer, he says, is the big oil companies. "They're making billions upon billions of dollars," he says. "And when this car sells, that'll go down — to low billions upon billions."

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Global warming really starts speeding up but it's only the poorest that suffer

By Patricia Reaney (Wed Nov 16, 1:10 PM ET)
LONDON (Reuters) - Global warming poses an enormous ethical challenge because countries that produce the least amount of greenhouse gases will suffer the most from climate change, scientists said on Wednesday.

Whether it is an increase in poor health from diseases such as malaria or shrinking water supplies, nations in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America are vulnerable to the consequences of changes in global temperatures.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that climate change leads to more than 150,000 deaths every year and at least 5 million cases of illness. In a review of the impact of global warming on public health, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the WHO predict countries in Africa and coastal nations along the Pacific and Indian Oceans will be hardest hit. "Those most at risk from global warming are also those least responsible for causing the problem. There is a real ethical message from the paper," said Jonathan Patz of the UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
"Global warming is not only an environmental problem but a serious health threat," he added in an interview. Greenhouse gases are expected to increase global average temperature by about 6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, causing extreme flooding, more droughts and intense heatwaves. The researchers said model-based forecasts suggest the risk of climate-related disease assessed by the WHO will more than double by 2030. Flooding will affect the lives of up to 200 million people by the 2080s and heat-related deaths in California will more than double by 2100. "Many of the most important diseases in poor countries, from malaria to diarrhea and malnutrition are highly sensitive to climate," said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, of the WHO, and a co-author of the report published in the science journal Nature.

In addition to increasing health problems, warmer temperatures will reduce glaciers and snow packs which could disrupt water supplies in some regions of the world.
More water will fall as rain, rather than snow, so reservoirs will fill earlier than normal. Water shortages could result in areas where reservoirs and dam capacities are insufficient, according to a separate review in the journal. "Mother nature is not going to act like a reservoir as it has in the past and when the water comes out all at once, there isn't enough capacity to contain it," said Tim Barnett, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Along with scientists at the University of Washington, Barnett said vanishing glaciers will have the most impact on water supplies in the future in China, India and other parts of Asia, which has the third largest ice mass in mountainous areas on Earth. In South America, many people living west of the Andes mountains will also be at risk of shrinking water supplies. "Climate warming is a certainty for our future and ... the long-term prognosis is clear and very dire," Barnett said in a statement. "It's especially clear that regions in Asia and South America are headed for a water supply crisis because once that fossil water is gone, it's gone," he added.