Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Kyoto2 - whats it all about?

I came across an article on the BBC News website, "Climate Change - Its time to get serious", which is kindly available to me through Firefox "Latest Headlines" . Anyway, the news article presented some shocking facts.

One of these facts, was "the Earth's average temperature will almost certainly rise by 1.8-4C" this century. This certainly is not sustainable, and near impossible for the planet's delicate eco systems to cope with.

Anyway, lets get to the point here. One of the suggestions they put forward, was the concept of Kyoto 2, to take over when the existing Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

Here's some of the ideas that were raised:

Key points mentioned:

  • impose a series of global caps on annual greenhouse gas production
  • set aside the country-based approach, replacing it with a unified global approach
  • control greenhouse gases at point of production, not of emission; in the case of fossil fuel emissions, control the production of the fuel itself as close as feasible to the mine or well-head, based on the global warming potential of the fuel in question when burnt

  • Definately some great ideas if you ask me! I look forward to hearing more on this topic

    Click here to view the complete article

    Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming

    I stumbled upon a great post to kick off this blog over at Digg. Check it out! It basically consists of 50 tasks or things you can change within your everyday habits to help prevent global warming, and reduce the greenhouse emissions you produce doing these tasks.

    Here's two I've made available to you as a sneak peak:
    1. Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)
      CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

    2. Install a programmable thermostat
      Programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning. They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.

    Click here to view the complete article

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    Saturday, 24 February 2007

    The vision.

    This blog has been a long time coming. Ever since I was a young lad, I've had a keen interest in environmental issues, and have always tried to do my bit - whether it be starting my home compost bin, or designing the world's next bio dome. (yes, i did my little research in to this, and made up some "plans" ie. pencil drawings from a 10 yr old!)

    So I guess my goal with this blog is to keep Australian residents and businesses with their finger on the pulse - Climate Change isn't happening soon, it's happening now, and we need to do what we can as a nation, to slow it down, and if at all possible, prevent its damaging effects on the environment.

    So keep tuned to this channel, there's plenty of interesting posts to come, that will hopefully get your attention!