Sequestration of carbon by the oceans and its consequences

The oceans and seas of the world, from which is harvested a third of the protein that people eat, also serve humanity by absorbing a third of the carbon dioxide that humanity produces. The oceans have various ways of doing this and we need the oceans to keep on absorbing carbon dioxide in order to prevent atmospheric carbon dioxide rising even faster, otherwise our climate is likely to change too quickly for us to manage. Continue reading

Hunger and hope – for Bloggers Unite

 Today many people who write blogs will be writing about hunger, in the hope that our words and sentiments will help eradicate hunger for the “hunger and hope” event. I have promised the folks at Bloggers Unite that I would post something today about hunger. I write on a full stomach, perhaps an overly full one. Continue reading

The earth is a good mother

Throughout recorded history the earth has been portrayed, sometimes literally and sometimes metaphorically as our good mother. Some religions are founded upon humans having been created from the earth and some burial services use the analogy that when we die we are to return to the good mother earth from whence we came. Continue reading

Higher tax rates, wealth creation and taxes on emissions

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr Darling, has given fair warning that income tax will rise to a rate of 50% for those who earn more than £150,000 a year. I should point out that these high earners will also have to pay about 11% of their income in National insurance – a tax with a different name, so that the highest marginal rate will be 61%. Since the announcement the newspapers have been full with reports from extremely wealthy people complaining about this tax. Continue reading

Where has all the money gone? In the pursuit of economic growth!

What have the banks done with all the money they used to control? Where has our money gone? That is a puzzle because however eloquently the financial commentators try to explain this, I at least, am left with a feeling that the money must have gone somewhere. I have tried to puzzle out where it has gone, because that has never been satisfactorily explained. Continue reading

How Green Was Mr Darling’s 2009 Budget?

On Wednesday Mr Darling presented his budget for the United Kingdom. I have listed to his speech and read the official budget papers about the environment, which are headed “Building a Low Carbon Recovery. I downloaded the document from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/22_04_09bud09_chapter7_193.pdf but no doubt you can find it elsewhere. The Chancellor claims that this budget will build a economic recovery which is founded upon a low carbon economy. Continue reading

Coal power stations and carbon sequestration

What a difference a few years make. A few years ago the United Kingdom Government was content to rely on market forces to provide the nation with fuel. The news is dominated by the economic crisis but at least as equally important is the energy crisis, for without energy the economy will not recover and with too much energy that depends on fuels which emits too much greenhouse gas, not only is the economic future leak, but also the future in all other respects holds problems that we may never be able to solve. Continue reading