Today’s ReTweets

Green news…

CO2 Solution and Codexis strike carbon-capture research deal with power-equipment giant Alstom SA… http://www.alternate-energy-blog.info/?p=1898&asid=48dcb2d0

China’s renewable-energy capacity to reach 500 gigawatts by 2020… http://www.alternate-energy-blog.info/?p=1897&asid=48dcb2d0

Up and coming filmmakers challenged themselves to lend a creative perspective to Ecomagination. Amazing videos!… http://www.youtube.com/user/ecomagination

Flexible Solar “Power Plastic” Hits New Efficiency High… http://www.ecogeek.org/solar-power/3367-flexible-solar-qpower-plasticq-hits-new-efficiency?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EcoGeek+%28EcoGeek%29&utm_content=Twitter

China Blows Past US in Wind Power… http://www.earthtechling.com/2010/12/china-blows-past-u-s-in-wind-power/

Compass: Quitting Oil, One Day at a Time… http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2010/12/quit-oil-part-2.html

 

Cool Technology…

BIG’s Green-Roofed School Blends Into the Environment… http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/7lJRxh/inhabitat.com/bigs-angular-green-roofed-school-blends-into-the-environment//r:t

Are mobile phones the next life-saving medical device?… http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/12/mobile-phones-as-medical-imaging-tool.html?source=link_tw20101206ngnw-phone

How would you like to create a generator which creates free electric power? Here’s how… http://www.magniwork.com/?hop=bodovan

 

Quotes…

From admrich… “The WikiLeaks fuss makes 1 pause 2 reflect Voltaire’s quote “I disapprove of whatyou say, but i’ll defend to the death your right to say it””

From SubMedina… “If Assange was in China doing the same thing, the West would have called him a dissident and given him a Nobel prize”

From GreenBiz_Pro… “In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!”

 

And a shameless plug for WordPress…

By londonwordpress… “I think everyone should use wordpress!! It’s way better than tumblr!!”

 

100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years… Is It Possible?

Please have a read of this article, follow some of the links to other discussions and then come back and tell me what you think…

http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/08/24/plan-seeks-100-pct-renewable-energy-australia-ten-years

The report, entitled Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan, “outlines a technically feasible and economically attractive way for Australia to transition to 100 percent renewable energy within ten years.” The plan specifies that the 100 percent renewable grid be “based on proven technologies that are already commercially available and that have already been demonstrated in large industries.”

Read more: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/08/24/plan-seeks-100-pct-renewable-energy-australia-ten-years#ixzz13yl4xwuV

 

Beds Are Burning

“How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent, now
To pay our share…”
(Lyrics from the Midnight Oil song, Beds Are Burning)

… so what exactly ARE we doing to ourselves, Peter?
When will WE start asking for the rent?

This is what we have now…

This is a shot from our road, just up from our house. The towers you can see are the cooling towers from the Stanwell Power Station, a coal-burning station just up the road. Power lines and huge rigging towers span the horizon in almost every direction. Up to 20 coal trains a day travel past within a few hundred metres of our front door…

Co-incidentally, there is also a much higher rate of asthma and childhood bronchial conditions in this area (I know that MINE has been worse since we’ve lived here)… but they say that our decline in health is NOT connected to the burning of coal.

Well, that makes me feel MUCH better… thanks so much for the lights and the microwave, guys… but I think I’d prefer something that can give me all that without affecting my health…