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An alternative apocalyptic view of 2012

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 10:26 am

“The countdown to apocalypse has begun, and everyone is waiting in great anticipation for the ultimate end of humanity’s great evolutionary story. Not convinced? Well me neither.”

Alternative Mayan Calender.

Alternative Mayan Calender.

If there are no asteroids on the horizon or biblical floods heading our way, the coast for humanity may not yet be apparent as ‘the beginning of the end’ may have been misinterpreted as ‘the actual end’.

The whole 2012 apocalypse originates from the Mayan calendar which may or may not has been translated correctly, but when you look at the message with the perspective of hindsight, maybe the Mayan people predicted the beginning of the end? (more…)

PV solar panels and high energy costs

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 03:14 pm

“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.”

The PV solar panel apocalypse in the UK between 2012 and 2018.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. (more…)

Our world more vulnerable

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 02:27 pm

“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.

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. (more…)

Solar heating panels and the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:06 am

“It’s taken a while to implement, but the solar industry is now gearing up for another successful year, with the announcement of the Renewable Heat incentive scheme for solar heating panels and evacuated tubes.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKFirst announced by the Labour government in 2009 and after a consultation period, the scheme is not designed to reward early adopters of solar heating for being the first to install these low-carbon technologies.

Later adopters will get a lower rate of return or if you leave it too long into the future, or possibly no incentive at all because the scheme is designed to reduce as installation numbers rise. (more…)

Is humanity as successful as it thinks?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:53 pm

“Is modern civilisation sprinting in a long distance race?”

The road to a successful species.

The road to a successful species.

Certain changes in my life, including the birth of my son have called into question for me, the fundamental question. Are we as a species really successful?

For a few generations including my own, the outlook was bright; progress was bountiful with year on year developments in medicine, technology and agriculture. This progressive golden age has increased our species numbers like never before. Success is ours, or is it? (more…)

A sense of the common good

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 09:50 am

“An open letter to the Green parties of the world.”

After the appointment of Natalie Bennett of the United Kingdom’s Green Party, I feel I speak for many when I see an opportunity to do the right thing.

Changing the seemingly impossible is possible.

Changing the seemingly impossible is possible.

Apart from a very loud vocal minority, most people are convinced that our climate has changed for the worse as a result of human activities. Most people given a chance to do the right thing would do just that, but often mainstream party politics do not have any alternatives.

The problem comes from the green party having an image problem, which is preventing most people from taking them seriously. The clue is in the name, “The Green” Party. Green politics is still perceived as sandal-wearing wishful thinking and does not encourage average families to adopt a greener way of thinking. (more…)

Economic growth and the environment

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 09:41 pm

“If you’d have told the builders of the Roman Colosseum, that people would fly in their hundreds of thousands from across the unknown worlds to see it, then that concept would have been inconceivable to them.”

What lies ahead, environmental disaster?

What lies ahead, environmental disaster?

Likewise, a broken planet Earth can seem inconceivable to us now, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be right. I firmly believe we have not grasped the seriousness of the situation.

The biblical-sized ecological catastrophe, with both sides turning up the heat on each other. People with unabated growth and expansion while the planet, turns up the heat a little further with every action we make. (more…)

How democracy will destroy civilisation

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Last updated on November 1st, 2018 at 01:22 pm

“Democracy seen as the pinnacle poster boy for all of our species struggles for freedom and fairness.”

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKWith millennia of previous generations before us, bereft of a voice, or any rights we take for granted in our modern world, the struggles and endurance of those that fought for our right to vote, was a dangerous and life-threatening thing to do.

Such sacrifices are still going on today, so the achievement of those countries that succeeded in a one man, one vote system, cannot be understated. (more…)

They know not what they do

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Last updated on November 3rd, 2018 at 11:31 pm

“An open letter to the next generation we have let down so badly.”

Dear son

If you are reading this, then that must indicate the internet is still up and running and the most significant energy crisis predicted by many including myself has not yet occurred.

Time for changes or time for consequences?

Time for changes or time for consequences?

I write this letter to you in the year you were born 2012.

This is the year which has shown the true extent of problems which face us all. The real issues and utter suffering caused to the average person in the street brought upon by the 2008 financial failure are only just beginning to bite. Unbelievably, still, no one has been called to account or faced justice for this yet. (more…)

Climate change is really about agriculture

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Last updated on October 31st, 2018 at 09:22 pm

“The world of unintended consequences is about to hit humanity where it hurts, in his stomach!”

Every action has a consequence.

Every action has a consequence.

For those that thought climate change was about giving the British Isles a Mediterranean feel, the reality is much more dramatic. Weather patterns are changing, and this is affecting our agriculture and more importantly, our ability to feed ourselves.

In a previous article, I reminisced about the childhood memories of free food, with 25% free offers available and 50% free packets were common. A practice which is fast dying out as food manufacturers look to counter the rising costs of energy, by reducing the amount they give you for the same or higher prices. (more…)