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Month: September, 2011

Low-carbon

by cloudier

New Scientist: Engineers can build a low-carbon world if we let them

Wind, wave and solar power, zero-emissions transport, low-carbon buildings and energy-efficiency technologies have all been shown feasible. To be rolled out on a global scale, they are just waiting for the political will.

The barriers preventing the creation of a low-carbon society are not technological but political and financial.

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change, which advises the British government, continues to support the view of theStern reportMovie Camera – an assessment of the climate change challenge in the UK – that the move to a low-carbon society will cost no more than 1 per cent of GDP by 2050.

Unlike road use or smoking, nuclear power stirs anxieties in many of us that are out of proportion with its true risks. This is not to be complacent about the potential danger of a nuclear plant, but it is striking that nuclear power has killed fewer than 5000 people in its entire history. Compare that with coal mining, which in just one year and in one country – China in 2006 – killed 4700.

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by cloudier

eureka seven: i know i’m 10 years late but A+++ would read again

maria holic! i like the ending theme – apparently it’s a cover of this song.

reading dreadnought

by bezzle

– “At dinner one night at Osborne House, the Queen entertained a famous admiral whose hearing was impaired.  Politely, Victoria had asked about his fleet and its activities; then, shifting the subject, she asked about the admiral’s sister, and elderly dowager of awesome dignity.  The admiral thought she was inquiring about his flagship, which was in need of overhaul.  “Well, ma’am,” he said, “as soon as I get back I’m going to have her hauled  out, roll her on her side and have the barnacles scraped off her bottom.”  Victoria stared at him for a second and then, for minutes after, the dining room shook with her unstoppable peals of laughter.”

– About Alfred von Tirpitz: “His favourite drink, it was said, was “North Sea foam”.

– Really, the main question so far is trying to decide between ‘First Sea Lord’ and ‘Supreme War Lord’.

– Also I find it very very odd that the First Sea Lord did not have a beard.  Not even a moustache!  Or mutton chops!  And why did Tirpitz fork his beard?

love love love

by bezzle

darling!

by bezzle

I want this stuff so badly.