October 2007

Brazil and the environment

October 30, 2007

First of all, sorry for the irregularity of my blogs of late but I’m currently on vacation in Brazil. Still, I have been pleasantly surprised to see how much talk there is about the environment and related topics such as organic farming, which is not bad at all for a country with so many social […]

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Pick up trucks: Gate down or up for the best fuel efficiency?

October 26, 2007

It would be logical to think that gas mileage would be better for the old pick up truck with the gate down because it would be a more streamlined shape. No air would get caught behind the gate. But that is not the case. I have it on the authority of the Mythbusters that driving […]

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Combined heat and power

October 26, 2007

The UK government this week said that one-tenth of the UK’s electricity will come from power plants that recycle waste heat within the next three years, wrote the Financial Times. Combined heat and power, commonly referred to as CHP, captures the energy wasted in electricity generation and pipes it local buildings. The UK government announced […]

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NASA: Artic Perennial Ice Area Reaches New Melting Heights

October 25, 2007

The perennial ice of the Arctic summer has reached new low levels. According to NASA it is 25% less than the levels of 2005. The area of perennial ice (ice that never melts even in summer) has steadily decreased by 10% per decade. However, in 2007 they reached a level 38% lower than the climatological […]

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Biofuel rush: Kansas Prairie under threat

October 24, 2007

The British newspaper Independent has published a feature article about the threat faced by the remaining prairie in the state of Kansas. The article highlights the complex challenge that the transition from fossil fuel to biofuel represents. Three years ago WWF placed the northern Great Plains on a list of threatened areas around the world […]

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