Environmentalism

Geeky calculation time

So, over here something about fracking and radiation. As I point out, it’s true, but is it important?

So, actually looking it up, we get this change in radiation exposure:

They found elevated levels of beta radiation in areas located downwind of UOGD wells, with levels decreasing with distance (an additional 100 UOGD wells within 20 km was associated with a 0.024 mBq/m3 increase in beta radiation downwind).

So, what we want is that exposure – or change in it – in the Banana Equivalent Dose unit. Perhaps, 24 hours of an ambient increase of 0.024mBq/m3 equals how many bananas consumed?

Just the normal insanity

Jaguar Land Rover is lagging behind the rest of the car industry when it comes to reducing pollution and is the manufacturer most likely to face huge fines for failing to hit tough new environmental targets….

The problem being that it doesn’t make small cars. The targets are for the fleet average. So, a manufacturer that outs out small cars can also make 5 litre beasts. A manufacturer that only makes 3 litre cars can’t average down. Which is the insanity of the target but then that’s what happens when politics tries to manage such things. You get idiot regulations.

Assuming that it is actually desired to limit engine size – assuming, so no shouting that it’s not needed or desired – the correct answer is something like what Portugal does. A tax upon registration of a vehicle, a tax which rises with engine size.

Making it possible for large companies to make gas guzzlers but not small is simple idiocy.

Whalenado!

At first they were “being lovely and playing around”, Ms Morris told CBC radio, adding that she was happy to interact with the animals as she had had positive prior experiences from sailing among them.
But the encounter soon turned ugly. “They started surrounding us in a circle, coming for the rudder and the keel,” Ms Morris said.
The blows caused the vessel to spin violently in a circle, smashing the rudder and leaving the yacht adrift in a busy shipping lane.
The attack lasted an hour and the crew was eventually rescued after finally convincing the coastguard that they had been attacked by orcas. Cetacean experts say attacks by orcas are extremely rare, and such a spate of rammings is unheard of.
No one can be sure what causes the incidents, or even if the same pod is behind the attacks in Galicia and southern Spain, although this is a possibility given that orcas are known to migrate to the Strait of Gibraltar area in summer to hunt bluefin tuna, which are also sought eagerly by Cádiz fishermen.
One theory is that some orcas may be seeking revenge for attacks from fishermen, who have complained that the animals have learned to steal tuna from the weighted lines they use to catch the prized fish.

Why wouldn’t a carnivore try to open up floating packets of meat?

So that’s that then

Electric cars won’t solve our pollution problems – Britain needs a total transport rethink
George Monbiot

Because rubber from tyres, see?

The solution?

Even a switch to bicycles (including electric bikes and scooters) is only part of the answer. Fundamentally, this is not a vehicle problem but an urban design problem. Or rather, it is an urban design problem created by our favoured vehicle. Cars have made everything bigger and further away. Paris, under its mayor Anne Hidalgo, is seeking to reverse this trend, by creating a “15-minute city”, in which districts that have been treated by transport planners as mere portals to somewhere else become self-sufficient communities – each with their own shops, parks, schools and workplaces, within a 15-minute walk of everyone’s home.

This, I believe, is the radical shift that all towns and cities need.

Back to village life it is then, peasants.

Still think of the advantages. People won’t be able to escape rural Wales to bug the rest of us…..

One of those proposals for consultation that will definitely happen

Smart meters could allow energy networks to switch off central heating systems under proposals being considered by the watchdog.
The plans, tabled by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), would allow distributors to contact consumers directly to ask for permission to temporarily turn off appliances with high usage, including heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers.
There are fears that mass uptake of these green technologies will put pressure on the energy network.

That justification is an outright lie of course. The real one being that green technologies of energy generation leave us with wildly variable supply. Therefore it must be possible to manage demand by turning out the lights.

As to why this will definitely happen whatever anyone says about it this is the whole point of smart meters in the first place. To be able to leave people in the dark when the birdchoppers aren’t turning.

Such hard workers!

Beats lawyers’ time sheets:

The assembly, which met for 6,000 hours across six weekends over 2020,

Of course, what he climate change assembly has decided to recommend is what the “experts” advising it would have recommended without the existence of the assembly.

What is it you expect people to do?

John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace UK, said the government’s oversight was not working, and pointed to cases in recent years where the rules had been violated, and concerns raised in the Environment Agency’s 2017 report over enforcement.

Sauven said: “The UK’s sewage sludge supply chains are already full of shady middlemen and waste brokers getting their hands dirty exploiting its opacity and the resulting regulatory failings. This is why the sludge that is spread on to our farms and fields has become such a toxic cocktail of plastics, chemicals and bacteria.

We can’t use artificial fertilisers according to Greenpeace. We’re all supposed to move to a vegetarian diet which means no cow crap to spread. And now we can use human sewage as fertiliser either. So, what in buggery are we supposed to be doing then John?

Not so much really

Environmentally conscious consumers who switch from cow’s milk to soya milk may be doing harm to the rainforest because it is cleared to grow soya beans.

Vast areas in South America, including in the Amazon, have been cleared to grow soya and demand for it continues to drive illegal deforestation.

Rainforest soil is usually pretty shitty. You’d not be able to plough it for long. That’s why the indigenous farming method is peripatetic slash and burn.

It tends to be the cerrado – savannah – or pasture like the pampa that gets ploughed.

A fascinating little point

The Bank of England has warned that the UK is more exposed to lockdowns due to its higher share of “social consumption” in the economy. Spending on activities involving interaction with other people – such as cinemas, restaurants or live sports – accounts for around 13pc of the UK economy, compared with around 11pc in the US and 10pc in the Eurozone.

We spend substantially more on experiences rather than things than other peeps. Like wot the Greenies tell us we must do. Althoughm for some reason, they never seem to point out that we already do more of what they say we ought to.

Today’s cretin

Nobody benefits from a world of 8 billion or 11 billion people, except for large capital interests that need cheap labour and mindless consumers.

It might be possible to argue that 8 to 11 billion people benefit from being able to have a life…..

Idiot calculations

The cost of preventing further pandemics over the next decade by protecting wildlife and forests would equate to just 2% of the estimated financial damage caused by Covid-19, according to a new analysis.

Cretins. They’re placing the direct costs against the consequential losses. So, how much does it cost to have game rangers protecting the wee animals etc, as against the losses to the economy of having another pandemic.

When what we actually want to know is what are the consequential losses of protecting the wee animals – what economic development don’t we do because no one is allowed to cut down a tree – as against the consequential losses of having another pandemic.

Given that we’ve been cutting down forests for some 8,000 years now and the economy is larger than ever a rough pencil sketch on an answer is damn les animaux…..

What’s the betting then?

Sudden outbreak of worms reported in South Korea’s water supply
City officials believe that insects may have laid eggs in water treatment facilities as an urgent investigation is ordered

This is happening in many cities at the same time.

My bet is that some environmentalist got them to change the water treatment system. Perhaps chlorine is that poison that Greenpeace says it is (some environmentalists really have gone after chlorine as a water treatment, causing cholera outbreaks as a result) or summat like that.

Isn’t this lovely

Conservationists have branded a decision by the Ugandan high court to allow swathes of forest to be cleared for a sugarcane plantation “an unforgivable shame for all people”.

So, there’s a protected area and there’s ancestral land. The ancestral land is what is being developed, not the protected.

But Costantino Tessarin, chairperson of Association for the Conservation of Bugoma Forest, said: “Whether the land falls inside the boundaries of the gazetted reserve or not … is a merely sterile exercise for primary school students.

Who gives a buggery about the law, build nothing near anyone ever.

Sigh

Towering over the average human and weighing as much as a grand piano, the bears found in south-west Alaska are considered among the best in the world to observe as they pad around in a largely untouched wilderness of soaring mountains, pristine rivers and rocky beaches.

About a third of Alaska’s 30,000 brown bears are found on the Alaska Peninsula, which separates the Pacific Ocean from Bristol Bay, a place that hosts the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world and draws large numbers of bears to catch their food in the tumbling waters once they emerge from their winter hibernation.

How cool is that?

Most salmon species migrate during the fall (September through November).

Oh. Not very then.

Lord he’s a grotty little shit, isn’t he?

Colin Hines:

This radically new approach will involve listening to climate experts, funding the transition needed through massive government borrowing and introducing policies to curb our “freedoms” to travel, eat and consume in ways that threaten the planet.

The peasants will have to do as I say.

At its heart must be a labour-intensive social infrastructure

That means peasant work for the peasants too.

Non Sequitur

Well, yes George:

There is also a real story to be told about the co-option and capture of some environmental groups by the industries they should hold to account. A remarkable number of large conservation organisations take money from fossil fuel companies. This is a disgrace. But rather than pinning the blame where it lies, Planet of the Humans concentrates its attacks on Bill McKibben, the co-founder of 350.org, who takes no money from any of his campaigning work.

The allegation is that organisations take money. That an individual does not take money from one of those organisations is not a refutation of the point now, is it?

A slightly different question though. Does McKibbin take fees for the articles he writes? Given the number of them that would be an interesting income right there…..

And George, really, you’ve revealed yourself here:

the structural, systemic causes of our predicament: inequality, oligarchic power, capitalism.

None of which are the causes of our environmental problems and at least one of which is going to be the cure for them.