Quite An Achievement

In the Western hemisphere, and now in the Eastern hemisphere each new generation has lived a more prosperous, safer and better life than the preceding generation. But that trend of improvement in life expectation has reversed, and now in many if not most, nations the younger generation will be less prosperous than the generation that begat them, and what challenges will future generations face as a result of climate change, today barely considered and kicked firmly off the back burner into the long grass? Continue reading

Does Anyone Care

Those who measure atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are finding that in April their measurements show the highest ever readings. This seems to be reflected in global heat. February 2016 was the warmest month ever in 137 – years of record keeping. This is the tenth consecutive month that the monthly temperature record has been broken.  Continue reading

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Latest Measurements

The monthly mean average of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at Mona Loa for July 2015 was 401.30 parts per million compared with the July 2014 figure of 399.00 ppm.

It seems that the next twelve months measurements will, for the first time, all exceed 400 ppm.

The Stuff that Dreams are Made on

The news of a scandal about carbon credits in Russia and Ukraine is unsurprising. The whole system of carbon credits involves paying people not to produce something that we do not want. It is an attempt to create a market in something that is both economically useless and dangerous by bribing industries not to produce the stuff.  Continue reading

Too Much and Too Little

Many people have died recently as a result of exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in Burma, Vietnam and south eastern India. The rains have caused landslides, polluted water courses and even though there is water everywhere it is undrinkable.  Continue reading

More and More and Andmoreagain

The latest measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide at Mona Loa in June 2015 was 402.80 parts per million compared with 401.15 ppm in June 2015. The rate of increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide is now more than 2ppm per annum.

It strikes me that we should now not only increase with our rather feeble efforts to limit emissions  but also use our resources to ensure that humanity can adapt to the global warming which now seems inevitable.

And if you’ll see Andmoreagain
Then you will know Andmoreagain
For you can see you in her eyes
Then you feel your heart beating
Thrum-pum-pum-pum

 

Higher and Higher

The latest measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide from Mona Loa has been released. In May 2015 levels reached 403.94 parts per million compared with 401.78 parts per million in May 2014.

Good News that Ferrybridge will close

There was some very good news announced by SEE, the energy provider, today. It will close Ferrybridge, which is a coal burning power station in West Yorkshire, and re-open a  gas burning power station some 50 miles away. Continue reading

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Increases

In April 2015 the US measuring station at Mona Loa in Hawaii measured 403.26 parts of carbon dioxide per million in the atmosphere compared with 401.29 ppm in April 2014. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration state that world atmospheric carbon dioxide levels exceeded 400 ppm across the whole of the earth. The statement is based upon only 40 measuring sites, so it may be inaccurate, but for the first time all 40 sites reported measurements in excess of 400 ppm. Continue reading

Over Doing Insulation – the Health Consequences

I have always been a supporter of home insulation. Exactly six years ago I wrote a post which explained the benefits of home insulation but which contained the following caveat:-

Insulation is very important. In order to try and save energy further the Government is setting air tightness standards for new homes. Here, I think, that they are on much more uncertain ground, because although air tightness does keep the heat in, it also comes at a price, and you have to be very aware of that price and what you should be doing if you live or work in an air tight building.

I went on to describe the ill effects on occupants in buildings that are too tightly insulated of carbon dioxide build up.

Recently some scientists have conducted research into the relationship between the air tightness of buildings and asthma. they found that the higher to SAP rating of a UK building, the more likely it was that the occupants or some of them would suffer from asthma. Continue reading