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Archive for June 25th, 2008

Flying kettle aims to break speed record set in 1906

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Only in Britain would somebody invent a new kind of steam car, build it is a shed and then take it to Bonneville Salt Flats to break a world record that has stood for a hundred years.

And only the Guardian would try and find a way to make this kind of effort “green”.

I only refer to it at all because I enjoy this kind of eccentricity. Oh and it also might happen in New Zealand too – it remnided me of th “The World’s Fastest Indian”

Felix Clay

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June 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm

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The Geography of Hope

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Canada should be covered in shame – our PM is letting us and the world down with his refusal to get serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions as an urgent priority. The story in BC is not much better – the carbon tax is merely seen as a wedge issue here too, only for electoral advantage. Nothing about dealing with the issues.

So (taking inspiration from Gudrun Langolf) here a link to CBC’s Quirks and Quarks which devoted an entire programme to Chris Turner’s new book. It is about communities around the world who have already changed their carbon footprints, and not sacrificed any of their quality of life.

It is clear that we have a long way to go, as we continue to hog tie ourselves in rules and regulations that prevent us from taking even the simplest steps. Can you hang your washing out to dry? Or put a solar panel on your roof?  But there are places that are doing the right thing, and discovering that all that stuff about reducing carbon emissions ruining the economy is nonsense peddled by the satraps of big business.

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June 25, 2008 at 11:10 am