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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Who Are the 99% and Why Are They Angry?

Written by , on November 22, 2011

Measured by income, the top 1% of Australian income earners get more than $250,000 a year. That is, if you earn less than $250,000, you’re in the 99%. In terms of household wealth, the richest 1% of Australian households have net assets totalling more than $5 million. So, if you’re worth less than $5 million, […]  Read more »

Carbon Capture and Storage – Update

Written by , on November 18, 2011

The Global CCS Institute has issued a report on the state of the carbon capture and storage industry. The Institute reports that there are eight operational, industrial scale carbon capture and storage plants worldwide. All of these separate carbon dioxide as a byproduct of their main industrial process. Most are mining natural gas and need […]  Read more »

Flying Wind Turbines

Written by , on November 18, 2011

Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based business, is developing an airborne wind turbine. The device uses a turbine blade made of lightweight composite aluminum surrounded by a circular shroud of laminate material that both focuses the wind and keeps the turbine aloft.   Altaeros is preparing to launch a one-third scale prototype which is expected to generate […]  Read more »

Renewable Carbon Dioxide “Sponge”

Written by , on November 18, 2011

Scientists at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago have reported the development of a strong and reversible sponge-like material to capture and store gaseous carbon dioxide. The main component, gamma-cyclodextrin, is a naturally occurring biorenewable sugar molecule that is derived from cornstarch. These sugar molecules are held in place by […]  Read more »

High Speed Growth in High Speed Rail

Written by , on November 18, 2011

Worldwatch Institute research has revealed the amazingly rapid growth in high speed rail around the world. Between 2009 and 2011, the length of high speed rail track worldwide increased from 10,700 kilometres to 17,000 kilometres – with another 8,000 kilomtres under construction and 17,000 kilometres more planned. The number of high speed trainsets in operation […]  Read more »

Occupy Songs

Written by , on November 16, 2011

I’ve previously lamented the recent lack of protest songs but the Occupy movement seems to be taking things to the other extreme. Here a couple: "We Are the Many" by Makana "Proud To Be a Sucker for the Rich Man" by Entropy on Tap  Read more »

Mongolia To Trial “Ice Shield” Geoengineering

Written by , on November 16, 2011

Later this month, Mongolia is to launch one of the world’s biggest ice-making experiments in an attempt to combat the adverse affects of global warming and the urban heat island effect. The geoengineering trial aims to store freezing winter "coldness" in a giant block of ice that will help to cool and water the city […]  Read more »

Australian Technology Cleans Up Nuclear Waste

Written by , on November 16, 2011

Queensland University of Technology researchers have developed new technology capable of removing radioactive material from contaminated water. The innovation could solve the problem of how to clean up millions of tonnes of water contaminated by dangerous radioactive material and safely store the concentrated waste as well as aiding clean-up efforts following nuclear disasters. The technology, […]  Read more »