Scientists mimic essence of plants’ energy storage system. Within 10 years, homeowners will be able to power their homes in daylight through photovoltaic cells, while using excess solar energy to produce hydrogen and oxygen to power their own household fuel cell. Electricity-by-wire from a central source could be a thing of the past.” — MIT (suggested by Robert B.)

Lawnmowers and now motorised pushbikes on the nasty emitters list. Professor Flannery wants to ban mowers, but what about the new motorised pushbikes which pollute 40 times more than a car? (suggested by Joseph P.)

Despair and defiance. I was privileged to camp with Aboriginal elders and environment groups recently at the ‘Australian Nuclear Free Alliance’ meeting, which took place at Mary River, about 100 km south east of Darwin.Trauma is not too strong a word for what people here are feeling. The Australian community at large holds a distant but healthy suspicion about all things nuclear, but for the people gathered this weekend, the insidious poisoning of country and culture by nuclear blasts, nuclear waste and uranium mining are matters of direct personal experience. — Greens blog

The ‘consensus’ on climate change is a catastrophe in itself. As the estimated cost of measures proposed by politicians to “combat global warming” soars ever higher – such as the International Energy Council’s $45 trillion – “fighting climate change” has become the single most expensive item on the world’s political agenda. All this makes it rather important to know just why our politicians have come to believe that global warming is the most serious challenge confronting mankind, and just how reliable is the evidence for the theory on which their policies are based. (via, suggested by Ted O.)

Peter Fray

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