Pier Crust Promises

I would like to be able to write that I am eagerly waiting for the World Climate Change conference in Lima Peru to produce a solution to the problem of the earth warming up, but however eager I am to write those words, I cannot in all honesty do so. There will simply be more hot air emanating from the delegates to that conference and any resolutions and decisions will be what Mary Poppins described as “pie crust promises” – easily broken. Continue reading

The Humboldt Current and Climate Change

One of the driest parts of our planet is the Northern coastal region of Chile and the adjacent land of Peru. Here you will find an almost windless desert where rain has not fallen for more than twenty years. Some parts have no recorded rainfall at all. Life is made possible by rivers that drive though fertile valleys from the Andes. Continue reading

Biofuels – we drive and the world starves

 

Sometimes you can only see a picture clearly if you step back from it, so you can see the whole canvas. So it is with energy. Without any doubt we are heading for an energy crisis. The oil will probably peak – that is to say reach its maximum production in ten years time. Oil companies are discovering smaller and smaller fields – not by chance or by accident or a run of bad luck, but simply because there is less oil in the ground to be discovered.

 

The same scenario exists with coal, natural gas and uranium. These will probably all peak at around the same time (give or take a decade) as developing countries ape the habits customs and lifestyles of the developed countries. With this in the back of some politician’s minds (and in the forefront of others) many developed countries are looking for new sources of energy which are, in the current jargon, sustainable.

 

Biofuels – that is fuel made from growing crops – seemed like a good idea at the time. Continue reading