Interesting little snippet on the news this morning: the EU carbon trading scheme is in some trouble, with prices heading down, because countries have issued excessive permits. Oops: someone has been careless (or naughty: I wonder which?). But thats for another day: today is:
Reducing CO2 emissions from the UK power sector: A report for WWF-UK by ILEX Energy Consulting, May 2006.
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When I were a lad (a long time ago) I went to the science museum (with my mother? father? both? I forget…) and remember the wonderful gallery of models of steam engine valve gear, models of old engines (some original models by the actual engineers made as demos before the full-sized ones were built), many of which you could turn and watch the bits move. A few years back I started taking my son there, and to my surprise and delight I found that the same old models were still there, the same as ever (or at least much the same as my fading memories).
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For one reason or another, I usually seem to disagree with Kevin Vranes about most things (actually I suspect that we *agree* on most things, and the disagreements are only about the exciting stuff on blogs). But I do like his recent post on the U.S. and torture.
The grauniad has an article in the IT section about “A cracking alternative to cement”. They claim that cement is 10% of anthro CO2 (or 5-10% lower down; although that includes asphalt, which for some reason counts as cement based. Odd) is from cement. That didn’t fit with my memories.
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I needed a new pair of trousers (shorts, actually) at short notice. My wife bought me a pair at Tesco’s (sort of like Wal-Mart, if you’re not from the UK). Looked very nice, cost Â£4. At that price, I joked, its cheaper to throw them away rather than wash them.
And indeed it might be best. After 1 (2?) washes, the seams are coming apart. So I get to spend far more than Â£4’s worth of my time sewing them up again…
Is this the price of globalisation? Or just one bad pair of trousers?