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Copenhagen

So last December the Danish had something on the order of 150 heads of state in Copenhagen for the failed climate talks. I wonder how much the security bill for that was.

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George Monbiot – author of much good work on GCC – has penned a little article worth reading.  The take home message is that we need to emphasize the first word in the holy trinity: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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He flicked through it for a moment, and then summed up the problem in seven words: “This is for people who don’t work.”

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Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil – earth – 26 June 2007 – New Scientist Environment

Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil – earth – 26 June 2007 – New Scientist Environment

Key to GRC’s process is a machine that uses 1200 different frequencies within the microwave range, which act on specific hydrocarbon materials. As the material is zapped at the appropriate wavelength, part of the hydrocarbons that make up the plastic and rubber in the material are broken down into diesel oil and combustible gas.

This is important for both recycling reasons and for the profound dependency we have on plastics.

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Cheap, green, food-friendly biofuel produced in India – SciDev.Net

Cheap, green, food-friendly biofuel produced in India – SciDev.Net
Ethanol is produced from the sweet juice in the stalk of the sweet sorghum. The researchers responsible for the hybrid say by using sorghum, resource-poor farmers will still be able to use the sorghum grain and protect food security, while earning an additional income from selling the stalks.

This is the kind of stuff we won’t see in the US until Big Corn stops wielding its influence like a mighty cob.

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