Expensive junk that cannot be recycled

Scientists want to fit huge lasers to the International Space Station (ISS) and use them to blast away the estimated 3,000 tons of space debris that flies around the Earth and could be putting it in danger.

Any better suggestions – post here so we can make a fortune!

International Space Station could be fitted with huge lasers to shoot down space junk

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Monthly meeting 11th May 2015

Our next Monday meeting on May 11th will be in the Red Room of Kidlington Baptist Church Hall (not at the Red Lion), starting at 19:30.

We will consider if we need a name change for KvsCC, and discuss positive developments in dealing with global warming.

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Monthly meeting

We hold an open meeting on the second Tuesday of every month at 20:00, usually at the Red Lion in Kidlington (Have your evening meal at the Red Lion while we discuss local and global issues). If there is to be a different venue it will be announced here in good time.

If we have your email address we will remind you of these meetings, and if there is a change of date or venue. To be added to our mailing list and hear about new events and activities please email KidlingtonvsClimateChange@yahoo.co.uk

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Thirty years on, scientist who discovered ozone layer hole warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

Here is a warning that applies to CO2 emissions too:

“The CFCs we put up there will take a long time to dissipate and it will probably take us well into the second half of the century before the ozone layer recovers fully.”

Thirty years on, scientist who discovered ozone layer hole warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

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World’s mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

I just quote the first comment – deserves thought!

The biggest per-capita tallies were in countries known for green awareness, such as Norway and Denmark, with Britain fifth and US ninth on the UN report’s list.

World’s mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

What a waste! This is where we could have some useful austerity.

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in ‘toxic mine’, warns UN report

A report by the United Nations University (UNU) reveals that the amount of “e-waste” generated globally is increasing by two million tons a year and will reach 50 megatons by 2018 – with Britons among the planet’s biggest generators of hi-tech junk.

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Details matter

This headline sounds frightening until you read the detail: “For example, swimming in the Vancouver Island water every day for a year would provide a dose of radiation less than a thousand times smaller than a single dental X-ray, Woods Hole said.”

Fukushima disaster radiation detected off Canada’s coast

More important detail: There are inaccuracies in the following article that give a much worse view of the situation than it deserves. EPR stands for European Pressurized Reactor and is the latest design of pressurized water nuclear reactors. It is not the safety casing that is being questioned but the reactor vessel itself, inside which the ‘fuel’ is held. The reactor vessel had already been designed and made before the French regulatory authorities changed the specification for the steel that had been used for various components in many reactors for decades. This will mean that the manufacturing method for producing these steels will need to be changed, but not that there was negligence in the design of manufacturing to date.

UK nuclear strategy faces meltdown as faults are found in identical French project

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Climate change changes

A change in climate has so many effects that might not at first have been obvious. The destabilizing knock-on effects will not come an end. This is just one example from the billions of connections in the natural world.

UK acorn crop ‘being hit by climate change’

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Beyond Petroleum – what happened?

A fascinating insight into the short term profit motive. The meanness of the company shows in the second quote below.

“Oil firm invested billions of pounds in clean and low-carbon energy in the 80s and 90s but later abandoned meaningful efforts to move away from fossil fuels and locked away the research”

“All the reports that we produced were filed away and contain a huge mass of information. We had been researching alternative energies for years going back to the early 1980s,” said one senior scientist involved in the BP programme who did not want to be named.

BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels

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Climate campaigners losing faith in value of engaging with fossil fuel firms

Most environmental activists see no hope in merely trying to persuade fossil fuel companies to change tack by rational argument. This has been tried for decades. Now the move is to get investors to see that fossil fuels are becoming a risky as well as dangerous investment, and that their money has better uses.

Climate campaigners losing faith in value of engaging with fossil fuel firms

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Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief

Wow, Capitalism’s head man gets Global Warming !

Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief

Kim said it was crazy that governments increased the use of coal, oil and gas by providing subsidies for consumers. He said that in low and middle-income countries, the richest 20% received six times as much from fossil fuel subsidies as the poorest 20%. He added: “We need to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies now.”

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Boom in ethical spending

This may not become the whole solution but it does show a change in attitude. It is still about shopping and consuming and we need a change to creating and caring.

Open-minded shoppers willing to try new products leading to a boom in ethical spending

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