Environment

Potential Shortage of Fracking Sands

A short time ago, following an article in the February 2015 Issue of Materials World Magazine on  “Inside Fracking Fluids” I wrote a letter pointing out that it overlooked one of the most important constituents ” fracking sand”. The article is available on the internet  My letter was based on what I had read in an American Railroad Magazine. Here it is……. Regard... »

Bath’s illegal levels of NOX from traffic fumes

  40 µg/m3 (EU[1], limit value for human health, annual mean)   http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/your-council-and-democracy/local-research-and-statistics/wiki/air-quality   Nitrogen dioxide 5 One of the chief pollutants from vehicle emissions is nitric oxide, which through oxidation creates nitrogen dioxide (NO2). It plays a major role in atmospheric reactions that produce ground-... »

Bath Trams follow up meeting, Raven Pub / Bath Science Cafe, 13 April, 8.30 pm

Tram meeting report Zero cost to Bath Council tram proposal Meeting well attended by 37 persons in all. Chairman and ex chairman of council, leader of conservative group, also Lib Dem party rep and green party rep. David Andrews who called the meeting explained that he had no financial interest in trams but was promoting the idea having had widespread experience of trams and their virtues whilst w... »

Nitrogen feeds billions of people, but relies on cheap fossil, damages soils, pollutes water with runnoff and only about 20% actually gets picked up by plant root hairs

On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM, dave andrews wrote: Bbc r4 on the above pointed out how the  haber process generated nitrogen feeds billions of people, but relies on cheap fossil, damages soils, pollutes water with runnoff and only about 20% actually gets picked up by plant root hairs, the rest washing away/off_gassing.  So why don’t they provide small fertiliser particles coated with imper... »

Open letter to Tony Hall and Director General of the BBC

Open letter to Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead and Director General of the BBC, on the platform given to Prof Bob Carter on the World at One programme (Fri 27th Sept 2013). Instigated by the Claverton Group.   We, the undersigned scientists and engineers, write to condemn the appearance of Prof Bob Carter on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, and to urge the BBC to seriously rethink the trea... »

Disgracefully innaccurate and incompetent report on Channel 4, global warming, renewables

Dear Channel 4 News I have enjoyed Channel 4 News over the years, but was so shocked at the poor quality of your item on climate change and renewables earlier this week I decided to offer some feedback. Your weather balloon stunt was mildly entertaining and showed pretty pictures of clouds, but what was the point exactly? Cathy Newman began her interview by claiming: ‘The extreme rise in tem... »

The renewable grid – canal from Scotland to England, transport and water delivery

This is a proposal to construct a canal following the 300 meter contour in UK to convey water from Scotland to UK.  This would provide primarily water for irrigation in the South, which experiences periodic water shortages, bulk transport of goods, power station cooling, and flood relief. A limited amount of hydro power may be generated. It is based on the Pownall proposal of 1949 http://www.davis... »

Carbon, Sustainability, CSR expert sought

Carbon, Sustainability, CSR expert sought

This opportunity has now passed, and was taken up by T4 Sustainability.   If possible this weekend as CNG Services are bidding for a job and bid has to be in Monday 9,00, CNG need some last minute support on a project in these areas: a) Carbon Foot Printing b) Sustainability c) Corporate Social Responsibility Ideally an individual not a big consultancy. If available for consultancy contact: a... »

ADME – 3 Stage Control plan for the Encroaching Desert Problem

Download the presentation Phase 1 (Sand Storm Control) of Three Stage Control plan for the Encroaching Desert Problem of Northern China Creating Food and Energy Water. Phase 1 (Sand Storm Control) of Three Stage Control plan for the Encroaching Desert Problem of Northern China Creating Food and Energy Water. Phase 2 = Irrigation & plant growth with solar evaporated sea water Phase 3 = Producti... »

GREENING THE DESERT Andrew McKillop

In the real world, the non-polar deserts are growing at a rapid rate, totally overwhelming the small but valiant attempts at pushing them back. http://hqweb.unep.org/geo/GDOutlook/   One neglected cause among many includes the annihilation of tropical forests.  These contain 600 billion tons of carbon, equivalent to about 4.6 trillion barrels of oil or 145 years of oil-burning at the present ... »