52% of those questioned in a Newsnight poll said they don’t think nuclear is the answer to the UK’s energy problems. 57% said the renewable sources were the best bet. You could argue that nuclear has a future as a way of cutting down on CO2, but with that level of antipathy it’s going to take so much longer to build the things that they’ll be pointless.
Can too much sustainable development be dangerous? Yes, according to this opinion piece. However, Brian Gongol’s argument would only make sense if we were all ‘back to the land’ hippies so it’s a pretty obvious straw man argument. The average proponent of sustainable development is more in touch with comparative advantage than Mr Gongol thinks.
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An Australian scientist has perfected a way to make an effective water filter from clay and coffee grounds (or other organic materials such as rice husks or tea leaves) and fired over burning cowdung. He hasn’t patented it in the hope that its use will spread through the Third World and save lives.
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A list of High Traffic Linkers, all of whom I’m keeping in mind for future pimping (when I get back to making silly videos etc.). I’ve been linked by BoingBoing as the footnote to a story and the resultant spike was nice and I got a few Kudos clicks to How to Save the World for Free last week for sending them a link. My most consistent long term source of links is Fleshbot. Sex sells, who’d have thought.
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Researchers at the University of Essex are using wireless networking and Linux to fly groups of model aeroplanes that display flocking characteristics. One early prototype, for an indoor helicopter, is the world’s smallest flying webserver and can send pages with shots from its onboard camera.
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