November 29th, 2012
freedom to choose, freedom to roam and freedom to choose your path are what our ancestors have fought for since the dawn of humanity, but we all now stand on the edge of a new chapter in the human story.
People around the world, not just in the United Kingdom, are struggling to afford to heat and power their homes. Unfortunately for the United Kingdom, added costs of renewing an aged energy infrastructure is also an issue.
Choosing to absorb the continued rise of your annual energy bills or taking decisive action to ‘cushion’ your household from the inevitable increases in costs, must now be a real decision which homeowners must make.
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November 20th, 2012
How long would take our governments to react to the catastrophe which could wipe out millions or billions of lives and see an end to our modern civilisation?
If the ‘global warming’ issue is anything to go by, then probably never. With 40 years of advanced scientific knowledge, the most significant problem facing humanity is still swept under the rug even today.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we now see the world’s governments currently undertaking in public denial about peak oil too. Peak oil is the point at which high demand for oil, outstrips supply and like a ‘must-have’ toy at Christmas, scarcity and substantial price hikes will be the norm. Read the rest of this entry »
November 16th, 2012
With the average combined savings and incomes from householders who have installed PV (electric) solar panels, the financial rewards have increased from £540 to £635 per year.
Alternative energy, also known as micro-generation and green power has up until recent years have been considered a technology for the environmental conscious household.
This viewpoint may have been valid in the golden age when gas and electricity and even food were cheap, plentiful, those times are now nothing more, but a flickering memory for most people.
The real benefits of putting solar panels, heat pumps or even biomass heaters as part of household ‘energy mix’ are now becoming apparent. Read the rest of this entry »
November 2nd, 2012
As our politicians squabble about over the nuclear versus wind turbine debate, the real issue is global oil supply.
What will life look like after oil supply has peaked, how will we know when we have reached this pinnacle moment and did Saudi Arabia know something we don’t?
There comes the point in everyone’s lives when you hit an age as decline begins. After an experience so far, of unlimited quantities of youthful energy, the world is a more colourful and fun place to be, but at some point, without realising it, the scales tip and a prolonged descent into old age begin.
As depressing as this sounds, this analogy is what has occurred to the lifeblood of our civilisation. Oil! Read the rest of this entry »
October 22nd, 2012
As humanity’s greatest achievements in the form of the Voyager one and two spacecraft reach the outskirts of our solar system, whose primitive cameras were realigned to take a photograph of a small blue dot called Earth.
Blue dot Earth.
Very few of the 7 billion people living in that small blue dot, set within the vastness of space, will ever see that poignant image, but the spacecraft launched 35 years ago will be a time capsule of the human experience, and will probably wander lonely and eternally undiscovered for billions of years.
Our planet can also describe as a time capsule, which has wandered around our galaxy, for the most part, shielding its precious cargo of complicated life from the hostile ravages of space and time. Read the rest of this entry »
October 11th, 2012
Did you realise you were living in the gold before the downward turn occurred?
A very deep and philosophical question, I am aware, but the need to ask that question is at the heart of the challenge of which humanity and its civilisation now faces.
Listening to our politicians in this country abroad, you’d forgive for thinking that the good times are only a belt-tightening a few years away, however, the truth of the matter is that we (western civilisations) no longer have the tools to recreate the golden age of the last century.
Our industry doesn’t have the abundance of cheap oil and energy which previous generations benefited. Our industries and our manufacturing, which puts the great into Great Britain, now belong to the Chinese people. They’re newfound wealth and status is solely down to them inheriting our manufacturing industries. Read the rest of this entry »