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Global Warming - Local solutions?

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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was given to Al Gore Jr (b1948) and IPCC of Geneva Switzerland for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. A must Listen 20 minuets “Al Gore Nobel Speech” 

 Al Gore's Nobel winning work details are available in two CDs, which superbly present the essence of global warming and the carbon credit concept. According to me the only way we can control carbon credit is by dumping the automobile and going in for horse riding. I am really serious, not joking. Cycling? of course! Walking? yes of course.

These 3 links viz: Walking, Cycling and horse riding could be the start - end links in any journey undertaken.



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Solar water heater is immensly sucessful

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I had installed a solar water heater in my house a few years back at a cost of Rs 30,000/- My electric bill came down by almost Rs 500/- per month. I have recovered my investment cost by now in 5 years. The Solar water heater is still running strong. I am very satisfied with my decision of switching over to Solar water heater, Sun Techniques India a company on 100 ft  rd is a 100% subsidiary of Conergy , Germany is one among several other such companies in Bangalore are proof of exploitation of Solar power in Bangalore.


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BESCOM Discount

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You also get a discount on your electricity bill. Unfortunately it is capped.

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...But America did not Vote Him

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One of the main reasons attributed to Al Gore losing to George Bush Jr in the 2000 elections was because of his promised campaign to tackle global warming & environment-friendly initiatives. America has'nt changed, even now & is still arguing about costs of implementing the newer technologies that are environment-friendly, whilst in Europe, they have become so concerned that you read it on the lips of almost everyone you chat with. What a shame for a nation that is the richest, largest economy as also the largest polluter of the environment in the world.

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climate change

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hi all

pl do look at my new post on climate change.
do comment/suggest

lightness of being
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Main reason for Al Gore losing - US SC and not environment

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Al Gore lost a very debatable recount in Florida and some recounts were not allowed by the Supreme Court.  George Bush's brother was the Governor of Florida then.  And life changed forever.

Doesn't just happen in India.

The Republicans have run a very polarizing campaign within the US with the help of the Church.  Sounds familiar?



Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

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Global Warming - Local solutions?

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found an interesting post on carbon emission ,

Carbon dioxide 'scrubber' captures greenhouse gases

University of Calgary climate change scientist David Keith and his team are working to efficiently capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide directly from the air, using near-commercial technology.

In research conducted at the U of C, Keith and a team of researchers showed it is possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – using a relatively simple machine that can capture the trace amount of CO2 present in the air at any place on the planet.

"At first thought, capturing CO2 from the air where it's at a concentration of 0.04 per cent seems absurd, when we are just starting to do cost-effective capture at power plants where CO2 produced is at a concentration of more than 10 per cent," says Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and Environment.

"But the thermodynamics suggests that air capture might only be a bit harder than capturing CO2 from power plants. We are trying to turn that theory into engineering reality."

The research is significant because air capture technology is the only way to capture CO2 emissions from transportation sources such as vehicles and airplanes. These so-called diffuse sources represent more than half of the greenhouse gases emitted on Earth.

"The climate problem is too big to solve easily with the tools we have," notes Keith, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy's (ISEEE) Energy and Environmental Systems Group and a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

"While it's important to get started doing things we know how to do, like wind power nuclear power and 'regular' carbon capture and storage, it's also vital to start thinking about radical new ideas and approaches to solving this problem."

Energy-efficient and cost-effective air capture could play a valuable role in complementing other approaches for reducing emissions from the transportation sector, such as biofuels or electric vehicles, says David Layzell, ISEEE's Executive Director.

"David Keith and his team have developed a number of innovative ways to achieve the efficient capture of atmospheric carbon. That is a major step in advancing air capture as a solution to a very pressing problem," Layzell says.

"David Keith's vision and originality are key factors in our ranking this year as the top engineering school in Canada for sustainability initiatives, both in terms of research and curriculum," says Elizabeth Cannon, Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. "Leaders like this are not commonplace, and we are proud to get behind this kind of leadership at the Schulich School."

Air capture is different than the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology which is a key part of the Alberta and federal governments' strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CCS involves installing equipment at, for example, a coal-fired power plant to capture carbon dioxide produced during burning of the coal, and then pipelining this CO2 for permanent storage underground in a geological reservoir.

Air capture, on the other hand, uses technology that can capture – no matter where the capture system is located – the CO2 that is present in ambient air everywhere.

"A company could, in principle, contract with an oilsands plant near Fort McMurray to remove CO2 from the air and could build its air capture plant wherever it's cheapest – China, for example – and the same amount of CO2 would be removed," Keith says.

Keith and his team showed they could capture CO2 directly from the air with less than 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity per tonne of carbon dioxide. Their custom-built tower was able to capture the equivalent of about 20 tonnes per year of CO2 on a single square metre of scrubbing material – the average amount of emissions that one person produces each year in the North American-wide economy.

"This means that if you used electricity from a coal-fired power plant, for every unit of electricity you used to operate the capture machine, you'd be capturing 10 times as much CO2 as the power plant emitted making that much electricity," Keith says.

The U of C team has devised a new way to apply a chemical process derived from the pulp and paper industry cut the energy cost of air capture in half, and has filed two provisional patents on their end-to-end air capture system.

The technology is still in its early stage, Keith stresses. "It now looks like we could capture CO2 from the air with an energy demand comparable to that needed for CO2 capture from conventional power plants, although costs will certainly be higher and there are many pitfalls along the path to commercialization."

Nevertheless, the relatively simple, reliable and scalable technology that Keith and his team developed opens the door to building a commercial-scale plant.

Richard Branson, head of Virgin Group, has offered a $25-million prize for anyone who can devise a system to remove the equivalent of one billion tonnes of carbon dioxide or more every year from the atmosphere for at least a decade.

Keith and his team's research this summer, which included an outdoor test of their capture tower in McMahon Stadium in Calgary as a dramatic setting, is featured in an episode of Discovery Channel's new "Project Earth" series on television.

The series has the largest budget of any in Discovery Channel's history, and it may attract a global viewership of more than 100 million. The episode on Keith's research isn't scheduled to be broadcast in Canada , but it has already aired in the U.S. and is available on Discovery Channel's website ( ); click on "Episodes."

Please add my head count as this would be my first meet with the Praja crew and look forward to build an effective society for the Future
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buy local products/veggies etc..

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The Washington Apple in the racks of the supermarkets might look delicious and healthy..but please remember the journey this nondescript fruit is not simple..

grown in foriegn country farm using pesticides...

transported to the processing unit in trucks - pollution

processed with a wax coating..thats the reason they dont rot easily - pollution

transported to the local shipment unit - pollution

Overseas transport - pollution

More journeys after reaching India - more pollution


Instead..the local Kodagu orange or Hoskote grapes have a much smaller carbon footprint!

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Srivathsa - What I meant...

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Hi Srivathsa,

What I meant was that Al Gore lost many votes on account of his promised commitment to change American Policies with regard to the environment.

US SC negating a Florida recount happened later, after votes had already been lost by him. If Americans had supported his environmental initiatives, there might never have been the need for a recount, for he might have secured the necessary margin.

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Global warming -local solutions

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 Really liked this question so will try to stick to answers pertaining to it alone
Completely agree on the walking, cycling though not so sure on the horse riding of course public transportation too is a lesser devil than the 4 wheel drive.
How about turning a house in to an energy secure,water secure, food secure and bio diversity enhancing place ? A house is a net consumer of energy and materials and since most of us occupy homes can we turn it around to be net producers of food,water and energy? Can we also enhance bio-diversity aspect and can we have a good quality of life without greenhouse gas emissions?
Here is one attempt ( the house is built entirely of earth excavated from the site itself, the land so occupied and taken away from nature is replaced on the roof)  and   and finally

So why not some action too?

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