Environment

  • Don’t Ignore This Post – The Whole World Needs To Know What’s Happening August 19, 2017 The primate population is being massacred on a huge scale in some of the most fragile and unique habitats on Earth, all to make way for cheap palm oil for unnecessary supermarket products.Palm oil is relatively new phenomenon, only really making a name for itself in the past 20 years or so, but since companies realised how cheap it was to make, there has been no limit to what they will destroy in the name of profits. Palm oil is a cheaper alternative to more wholesome ingredients like olive oil, or coconut oil.It is found in everything from snack foods to shampoo, and perhaps the worst part of the story is that it’s not even good for you. It’s damaging to ... Read More
  • £20 million Scottish renewable energy storage unit for Broxburn will be first in UK August 17, 2017 As you know, we’re increasingly producing too much energy from our wind farms and marine turbines: ‘Scotland Sets New Wind Power Record’ ‘Wind farms powered 4 million Scottish homes last month’ and there are only 2.4 million ‘households’ in Scotland When this happens, storage is the problem in matching demand to the fluctuations in supply. However, a new large-scale battery storage facility, the first in the UK, is to be built in Broxburn by the Trig company. The Broxburn facility will story 20MW which is off course only a fraction of our daily needs of around 1 million MW but may herald the start of a trend.  Trig, as-a-whole, will have 774MW across Europe. https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-scotsman/20170815/282123521615400 https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/147529/trig-lands-scottish-renewable-energy-storage-unit-20m/ You can read more from Professor John Robertson at https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/ Read More
  • China finishes our wildlife resources in Africa August 15, 2017 Illegal trade, organized crime, syndicates, and wildlife trafficking are all about the business of making money; supply and demand, myths and sales and insatiable human greed!The third largest illegal crime business is wildlife trafficking! With an estimated value between $5-20 billion* a year it ranks right up there with guns and drugs as the illegal capitalist’s trade of choice. Next to habitat loss poaching for illegal trade is wildlife’s greatest threat for survival according to the World Wildlife Fund.For a business to thrive there needs to be buyers, sellers, and a cost effective system to connect the two. Supply and Demand for Wildlife “Products” The buyer Currently, they are the nouveau riche in many Asian countries and other places. They may be young or old. What differentiates them from the ... Read More
  • SHALE GAS vs COAL BED METHANE August 14, 2017 There is a lot of confusion regarding the terms Shale Gas and Coal Bed Methane, along with an array of other terms. Here, I attempt to clear up some of the confusion regarding the terms and associated issues. TERMINOLOGY Shale Gas is defined as a natural gas produced from shale. Shale has low permeability, so gas production in commercial quantities requires fractures to provide permeability. Shale gas has been produced for years from shales with natural fractures; the shale gas boom seen in the USA in recent years has been due to new technology in hydraulic fracturing (especially directional drilling and frack fluids) to create extensive artificial fractures around well bores. It is sometimes referred to as tight gas. Shale is by far ... Read More
  • Agricultural Policy – Tory Landlords & Farmers Intend Retaining Their Annual Tax Free £800 Million Nest Egg At Westminster – Scotland Screwed Yet Again August 13, 2017 The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will provide around £4 billion in subsidies within the UK by 2021 accounting for nearly 50% of all receipts from the EU budget to the UK. Scotland’s share should be around £850 million. EU regulations require the full financial allocation to be transferred to the UK Treasury from where it should be distributed equally to each constituent country of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. The EU exercises no executive role in the sharing of finance within Britain thus allowing the Westminster government full authority to set the criteria and other terms and conditions which claimants must adhere to. Westminster top slices finance for allocation to the Royal household then sets a budget for each country ... Read More
  • As world’s largest tidal energy plant in Pentland Firth generates 1GWh which is enough for 700 000 homes, will Scotland become the most energy-rich country in Europe? August 10, 2017 The MeyGen project jointly owned by Tidal Power Scotland and Scottish Enterprise has just recorded electricity generation at 1 GWh which is sufficient for 700 000 homes! 700 000! Now we’ve already heard that wind power has several times now produced more than 100% of our total energy needs and that there is enough gas west of Shetland to do the same. It’s beginning to look as if we are going to be so energy rich, we’ll have to export huge amounts to our larger and more energy-starved neighbours like England, Germany and France. ‘Scotland Sets New Wind Power Record’ Scottish Gas output rises as production begins on a new field that could fuel, by itself, all of post-independence Scotland I must assume ... Read More
  • North Sea oil future remains prosperous as US fracking faces new doubts about its future August 6, 2017 The boom in US shale production has been helping to keep North Sea prices down but as I’ve pointed out more than once before, shale’s future is built on fast disappearing sand. See: The Scottish Third Wave of Oil Productivity is built on solid foundations but those of the Shale Oil Industry are built on sand and on sand that is disappearing fast Further, increasing fears over safety and insurance costs are keeping investors back. Fracking kills workers and people living near the pipelines or wells. See this most recent example: ‘Two months after a Colorado home exploded near an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. well, the reverberations are still rattling the oil industry, driving down driller shares and raising fears of a regulatory backlash. The ... Read More
  • Some Good News On Energy … August 4, 2017 There’s some good news on the environmental front this week … Thumbs up to Royal Dutch Shell CEO … When the CEO of the world’s fourth largest petroleum company and the largest in Europe says that his next car will be an electric car, it speaks volumes.  Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell said, “The next buy I do is my next car, which will be an electric vehicle”. A Shell spokesman told Bloomberg the CEO will get a plug-in Mercedes-Benz S500e in September, while the Chief Financial Officer “already drives a BMW i3 electric car.” A 15303 So, oil demand might peak around 2030. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) pointed out last year that a global glut of just ... Read More
  • Banning Dirty Engines August 3, 2017 Clean air cleans up Harassed readers occupied with surviving corporate-run DUP Britain might have noticed media chatter discussing the ultimate banning of the combustion engine, that is, petrol (gas) and diesel engines. Hybrid cars are covered too, so you can’t slip a teeny-weeny little Fiat Cinquecento engine under the hood while no one is looking. The future is all-electric. And nobody mention the first electric car was created in 1828. It was the great medical item of the week, but of humongous proportion. There’s a medical item every week, from tea causes cancer to superbugs don’t actually wear cloaks. The mainstream media knew they had a big one they could feed off for a month. Church bells rang out the news from Westminster to the Tory press ... Read More
  • The Cultural Impacts of Fracking August 1, 2017 This is the approximate content of a talk I delivered at the Festival of the Celts on 24th July. Fracking has become one of those issues that gets under your skin (quite literally in some cases – more of which soon) and really energises communities of all sorts. This is symbolised in no uncertain way by this symbol on my t-shirt: Does any body recognise it? For those that don’t it is a symbol designed specifically for a pagan ritual held a couple of years ago called “Albion (or the Earth) Will Not Be Fracked”. It has however been widely adopted by fractivist groups and individuals around the world. Let me share with you some thoughts of the designer: “This is the magickal ... Read More