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Alex on Monday 16 March 2009 at 12.17pm
Hello Climate Change Experts, (Chris & Mark)
Maldives going green
From the news reports I read that you are on the brink of ruining one of the most beautiful island resorts in the world – The Maldives
Your plan: includes 155 large wind turbines, half a square kilometer of rooftop solar panels, and a biomass plant burning coconut husks, well let me introduce to you an alternative, that will make the Maldives Greener and energy independent.
Solar botanics is about Energy Harvesting Trees that convert light, heat and wind energy into clean electricity. Our trees are looking absolutely natural and will fit in with the Island community, not polluting the landscape values, or damaging the eco systems, basically in tune with nature.
Besides the aesthetical values of our trees, they can desalinate seawater, manage water pump systems, provide shade, cooling the air, and function as noise and windbreak barriers. Our trees can power waste water plants and much more.
One tree delivers over 6000 kWh per year, reducing the carbon footprint of the Maldives by 4500 kg of CO2 annually at a cost of 14.000 USD per tree. We delivery several different tree varieties.
Now, this is a argument for the Maldives government not to install Wind turbines and other renewable energy systems, that will be blight on the islands, and an environmental disaster that will affect the economics of tourism .
Alex van der Beek
Christopher Whalen on Monday 16 March 2009 at 7.37pm
Chris Goodall has just published an article here to accompany the report on the Maldives in yesterday’s Observer newspaper.
Dr. James A. Singmaster on Wednesday 8 April 2009 at 7.14am
For over 6 years I have made many comments in letters to papers, on various blogs and in several science magazines on biochar or charcoal being formed not from wood but from pyrolyzing the massive never-ending ever-expanding messes of organic and sewage wastes as being where the biggest step for environmental improvement and sustainability should be taken. I note that the recent discussion involving G. Monbiot in the Guardian only mentions forest operations to get biochar, although the letter answering Monbiot from Kharecha and Hansen said something about wastes, not clearly specified.
The bigger benefit accruing in pyrolyzing those messes will be destroying the germs, toxics and drugs in them to stop those hazards from having any chance of polluting water. Pyrolyzing them will also stop the natural biodegrading resulting in the needless reemitting of GHGs. Present handling operations for the messes foster such reemitting especially in composting. I am sending Mr. Goodall several statements about pyrolysis applied to those messes as some of the energy put in can be recovered and an expelled distillate can be used as a fuel. I hope that Mr. Goodall will get attention to using pyrolysis on the messes as most environmentalists appear too caught up in their rhetoric and not really concerned about their descendants survival.
Dr. J. Singmaster, Fremont CA USA
Phil Slade on Tuesday 14 April 2009 at 9.07pm
Not many people seem to know about the energy savings from induction cooking.
Could you write about this ?
Richard Haase on Thursday 14 May 2009 at 2.27pm
Humanity needs clean energy
Clean energy does exist; we have invented the process which is now in a published PCT Application. The process is trade named CONOX. CONOX is based upon a practical use of algae in an innovative photo-bio-reactor.
We all must understand that it is algae which developed our atmosphere from the primordial soup of poisonous gases which existed prior to humanity.
Effective use of algae can eliminate our point source emission footprint.
Also, we can convert the same waste gases discussed by Dr. Singmaster into hydrogen, therein eliminating our transportation footprint. Key to the transportation success is use of the well known water/gas shift reaction and management of the also produced CO2. Again, CONOX solves that challenge with algae by practically turning the CO2 into valuable products needed by us all.
The solutions exist; hunanity just needs the will.
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