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This is fucked up. A teenager in fucking Dover, of all fucking places, was slapped with an £80 fine for using the word fuck in a conversation in a park. Poor fucker! What the fuck’s the point of that? I guess I’ll have to watch my fucking language when I leave the fucking house.
At least he didn’t say cunt.
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A company called Biotecture has submitted plans for a 16 house estate in Brighton that will consist of Earthships- buildings constructed of old tyres and waste. The houses will be so efficient, and the plan incorporates rainwater capture and solar panelling, that the houses are likely to have no utility bills whatsoever. At £250,000 to £350,000 each they’re a bit expensive to be the solution to the nation’s housing shortage, but they show the way new builds should be going. And they deal with waste without having to incinerate it, so two birds with one stone.
Crossing over with How to Save the World for Free we have Comet skateboards, a company that makes its boards from renewable materials and is working with other companies to develop bio based epoxies to laminate the layers that go into a deck.
Low VOC Coatings
We at COMET can name lots of ways to get a head rush, sniffing our freshly opened boards is not one of them. We use all water based low VOC coatings. Most paints and laquers contain up to 65% solvents by volume which results in several million tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into the atmosphere every year. VOCs accelerate the effects of global warming and are extremely dangerous to workers. Several companies world-wide are working to stop the use of these unnecessary compounds. COMET is one of them. Check for a different smell when you open your COMET board. (Those of you who like the smell of solvents, don’t worry, we are still down with a can of spray paint).
Kenny Luna is a science teacher who is lobbying Oprah Winfrey to back a campaign that will supply a compact fluorescent bulb to every child in the US. He reckons it will save the country at least $2.3 billion in electricity expenditure.
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N. Satyanarayana, a graduate student in India, has figured out a way to miniaturize a windmill so it can be used to charge a cellphone battery. It is a simple fan blade that is attached to a generator, also it’s waterproof so it can even be used in the rain. Imagine clipping one of these babies outside the window as you take the train into work, charging up your cellphone and other electronic devices you might have on hand. Its small blade cranks out a DC flow of one ampere with a potential difference of 12 volts, in other words, enough juice to power portable electronic stuff. It beats solar, as long as the wind’s blowing.
A commenter on the Gizmodo thread came up with the cool idea of clipping it to your bike to power accessories such as GPS whilst riding along.
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San Francisco could get a dog poop power plant. Norcal Waste, who handle the city’s rubbish, will begin a pilot program under which it will use biodegradable bags and dog-waste carts to pick up droppings at a popular dog park. This will then be broken down in a methane digester to create gas for combustion for heating or electricity generation.
I don’t have a car, so this is a suggestion for all my friends who do. ETA is a motoring association akin to the AA but with green fringe benefits. Not only do they offer all the recovery services they will also offset carbon dioxide equivalent to about ten thousand miles of driving. The description on Eco Street Blog compares the service side by side with the AA and it seems to compare well. The only question I would have is whether ETA membership is for a specific car rather than the AA’s one driver- any car version.
Newsight have decided they should have an “Ethical Man” on their team. Justin Rowlatt will try to live as ethical a lifestyle as possible over the course of a year. A neat idea, though the Guardian had Leo Hickman- who will be serving as Rowlatt’s ethical guru, doing something similar last year.
Italian toy/model company Brumm caused something of a stir at the Nuremberg Toy Fair by announcing they would be releasing 1:43rd scale reproductions of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Part of the expo-goers surprise may have been at finding a full size replica Little Boy in their midst. If I can find them I may be buying these kits.
It probably wouldn’t work on anything but flat even surfaces, but it’s still tempting to build your own hover board. Build a fleet and you could start your own hover basketball league or something. The Gadget Show reckons they put theirs together for about £150 utilising the following-
Basic tool set:
* A relatively heavy-duty stapler
* Drill and a bunch of drill-bits. (A special wood drill-bit that’s the same diameter as your plumbing pipe).
* An electric screwdriver. (Believe me, you’ll need one if you want to save your fingers and palms from bruising).
* A craft knife or scalpel
* An insurance policy with good fringe benefits.
* A 30cc Petrol driven leaf blower engine.
* A bunch of rainwater piping and connectors – whatever size best fits the nozzle of your leaf blower.
* Some form of handy clips that will eventually secure your leaf blower to your board as you might need to put it on and off during building.
* More duct tape than is healthy.
* Serious amounts of screws – small enough to fix through your plastic grommet (see below) or the fastening for your engine without penetrating the underside of your board.
* Plywood – cut to150cm x 60cm
* A very large piece of plastic sheeting – like the stuff they use to line ponds (thick enough to repel sharp stones, thin enough to fold and bend to your will easily)
* A Plastic ‘Grommet’ 100cm x 10cm – made out of three joined-up strips of plastic from the bottom of a storage box and duct taped together (so, three plastic strips 33cm x 10cm that make up one big one.)
I’ve been ignoring US politics, because it’s so depressing. The reasons are summed up in Counting Bush’s Mistakes at the Smirking Chimp.
The Environment: Here’s a little pop quiz: What happens if all the coral in the world’s oceans dies? Answer: Coral is the first rung on the food-chain ladder; so when it goes, everything else in the ocean dies. And if the oceans die, we die.
The coral in the world’s oceans are dying (called “bleaching”) at an alarming and accelerating rate. Global warming is the culprit. Nevertheless, this administration continues as the world’s leading global warming denier. Why? Because they seem to feel it’s more cost effective to be dead than to force reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. How stupid is that? And time is running out.