topics & links - 2010
the developing countries , we can no longer equate progress with
economic growth. Above a certain level of affluence, growth no
longer correlates highly with wider criteria of welfare. Placing
such a notion of welfare at the forefront might mesh very closelywith
climate change goals. Economic growth elevates emissions; what
is the point of making a fetish of growth if in some large part
it diminishes rather than promotes welfare.
Most prescriptions about how to cope with climate change are negative.
They are about saving, cutting back, retreating, retrenchment.
Many are important. For instance, driving more economic cars,
cutting back on airtravel, reducing domestic energy bills, walking
more often, or taking fewer baths are all small actions that can
add to a big difference in terms of reducing emissions. Yet ...
no approach based mainly on depreavation is going to work. We
must create a positive model of low-carbon future..."
- Anthony Giddence, The Politics of Climate Change, 2009.
are not asking ourselves what we will replace capitalism with,
but what kind of capitalism we want? We must re-engineer capitalism
to restore its moral dimension, its conscience. By placing free
trade above all else, what we have is a weakening of democracy."
- Nicolas Sarkozsi, President of France, Davos 2010
of the drive towards a renewed ethic ... and the exercise of looking
for new realistic formulations of concepts concerning lifestyles
in a changing world, is the very destruction of that what was
once known as the 'the old way'".
- Argo Spier,
Opera Pages, 2010.
below do not involve the buying or selling of information. We
refuse to participate in the exchange of knowledge for money.
The Climate Change debate stirred all of us deeply and we hope
to provide here efficient and to-the-point links to sites dealing
with this issue. The dire need for unadulterated, non-commercialised
and non-politicised information, and the need to develop a (new)
unadulterated ethic of how to deal with the future, is what this
page is about - I extend to you the invitation to re-think with
me, in a serene and objective way, old definitions of convivial
co-habitation and growth processes. It is obvious that many of
our firm convictions, concepts and intepretations haven't cut
the edge. For example, 'affluence' was automatically taken as
proof of 'growth' up to now, but nobody was concerned, really,
with the content and definition of both concepts - what is it
to 'grow'? What to be affluent ... conviviality or over-consumption?
What is the value of money if it can only buy more of the same?
And how much is this 'more' that should be bought to sustain convivial
I hope that you will
partake in the rethinking of present and contemporary value systems
and consumption patterns, become aware (as I am becoming) of the
grossness of the environmental impact we have on our surroundings
and try (with me) to develop a different alternative ethic that
will enable us all to leave a lesser CO2 footprint behind us.
You may assist me by sending me links dealing with Climate Change
and/or summarised ideas and discussing the content on as many
as possible Ezboard Communities. I cannot however enter discussions
per mail. No advertisements please.
following eulogy from Donella H. Meadows gives food for thought
and shows a clear route towards the exploration of an ethic concerning
CEO was having to babysit for his daughter. He was trying to read
the paper but was totally frustrated by the constant interruptions.
When he came across a full page of NASA photo of the Earth from
space, he got a brilliant idea. He ripped it up into small pieces
and told the child to try and put it back together. He then settled
in for what he expected to be a good half-hour of peace and quiet.
But only a few minutes had gone by before the child appeared at
his side with a big grin on her face.
'You've finished already?' he asked.
'Yep' she replied.
'So how did you do it?'
'Well, I saw there was a picture of a person on the other side,
so I put the person together, the Earth got put together too...'
- Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat & Crowded, 2009.
Inox - a 'new' type of Green
to live responsibly’is a question that has immediate
bearing on how heavy our CO2 footprints are. What is driving us
to be so wasteful in our dealings with the use of fossil fuels?
What ethic may help us to become worthy of the title 'man'? Changing
our 'ways' ... well, wearing woolen socks and having 'Save the
Planet' days with huge formations of rock bands and plenty of
Coca Cola (with user-supplied brandy) won't cut the difference.
And as for the movements Green and Code Green ... the hidden agendas
behind them are too aggressive and don't cover the issue of 'change'
nor the 'ethic' needed - we need a different type of 'green',
a shiny steel-coloured green ... inox. We need the silvery shiny
bluish colour of inox ... that may be a good symbol of our 'new
real green' intentions.
- Argo Spier, 'Wash
A Study in Dead Poetry, 2009.
of Code Inox
intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more
violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage --
to move in the opposite direction.'
- Albert Einstein
1. GET as much unadulterated, non-commercialised and non-politicised
information as possible and familiarise yourself with the complexity
of the issue of Climate Change. See to it that you acquire a thorough
understanding of concepts such as the precautionary principal;
sustainable development; over development; the ensuring state;
political convergence; economic convergence; foregrounding; climate
change positives; the percentage principal; development imperative;
proactive adaptation and others, so that you can 'think' in 'real
time scientific terms' and motivate your conviction.
NOT sign up with any movement that says it's GREEN and don't involve
yourself in protest marches. Code Inox is the supreme political
deed, in itself. It doesn't compete or engage for flat political
gain nor does it compromise. Code Inox is about re-discovering
an ethic that can enable sustainability for you personally and
secure your stand in your surroundings. It is not interested in
the status quo. It is pro-creative in its growth. It redefines
definitions and uses language as a vehicle to re-define values.
Accept that in Code Inox nobody is showing the 'way' and that
none of the gained perspectives achieved by redefining meaning
are about a prescribed code of conduct of 'how to save the world.'
your stand on the web, on Facebook, Twitter and other networks
and in Ezboard chat rooms. But NEVER engage yourself in a situation
where you feel you have to justify and explain your convictions.
Code Inox is not about proving, it is about inviting others to
join the 'big re-think' and that is all. It doesn't wish to provide
quick solid solutions to grave problems - it wants to change the
attitudes towards those problems and promotes a solid ethic in
the individual to enable her or him to make responsible, not regrettable,
of e-waste threaten developing world
and hazardous materials go into making electronic gadgets
Urgent action is needed to tackle the "mountains" of
e-waste building up in developing nations, says a UN report. Huge
amounts of old computers and discarded electronic goods are piling
up in countries such as China, India and some Africa nations,
it said. India could see a 500% rise in the number of old computers
dumped by 2020, found the survey of 11 nations. Unless dealt with
properly the waste could cause environmental damage and threaten
public health, it said.
gathered information about current levels of e-waste in 11 nations
and also looked at how those totals might grow in the next decade.
Globally, e-waste is growing at a rate of about 40 million tonnes
per year as consumers, in both developed and developing nations,
buy new gadgets and discard their old ones. Many of the older
items end up in developing nations. By 2020, China and South Africa
could see e-waste generated by old computers rise by 400% by 2007
levels. In a decade, estimated the report, e-waste from mobile
phones will be seven times higher in China and 18 times higher
in India. Some nations are happy to take in e-waste to use in
order to extract some of the precious materials and metals that
go into making modern consumer electronics. For instance, said
the report, in an average year global production of mobile phones
and computers uses 3% of the silver and gold mined, 13% of the
palladium and 15% of the cobalt.
e-waste can cause environmental problems. However, it found, in
some places efforts to extract these metals are inefficient and
do not do enough to handle the hazardous materials recovery produces.
For instance, it said, e-waste treatment in China typically involved
back yard incinerators which were a wasteful and polluting way
to recover precious materials.
is not alone in facing a serious challenge," said Achim Steiner,
executive director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) which
issued the report. "India, Brazil, Mexico and others may
also face rising environmental damage and health problems if e-waste
recycling is left to the vagaries of the informal sector."
person's waste can be another's raw material," said Konrad
Osterwalder, rector of the UN University. "The challenge
of dealing with e-waste represents an important step in the transition
to a green economy."
Copied from BBC
On-line, 22 Feburary 2010
spill: 5 apocalyptic scenarios
It’s just an
oil spill — how bad could it get? Truly catastrophic, according
to some of the out-there theories being floated by concerned "experts".
The scenarios that doomsday-minded commentators have suggested
are dire indeed. Here are five "predictions of Armageddon"
that, if fulfillied, would make the already awful consequences
of the spill look like a minor inconvenience.
The theory: While drilling the Macondo well, BP tapped a giant
methane bubble trapped under the seabed. This sub-sea pocket of
explosive gas — many miles in diameter — is similar
to the one that exploded in the Gulf roughly 250 million years
ago, wiping out more than 96 percent of all life in a series of
tidal waves, toxic chemical releases, and fiery cloudbursts.
Who's behind the theory? Proponents cite research by Northwestern
University biochemical engineer Gregory Ryskin. (Ryskin says his
work is being misrepresented.)
Key quote: "The bottom line: BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling
operation may have triggered an irreversible, cascading geological
Apocalypse that will culminate with the first mass extinction
of life on Earth in many millions of years." (Terrence Aym,
2. The oil
gushes for decades, threatening all the planet's oceans
The theory: The underground casing of the BP well has been so
irreversibly damaged that the wellhead cap is only forcing oil
out through leaks deep below the sea floor. As the casing further
deteriorates and the oil eats away at the seabed, a literally
unstoppable leak that will spew 150,000 barrels a day into the
Gulf for decades on end — with "truly unimaginable"
consequences for the earth's oceans.
Who's behind the theory? Most prominently, a widely cited and
"seemingly very knowledgable" commenter, Doug R, at
The Oil Drum, an online community frequented by petroleum geologists
and other industry experts.
Key quote: If this theory's right, "the already weakened
sea bottom beyond the wellbore... would crack wide open like ice
on a pond... turning a wide area of the outer continental shelf
sea floor into an underwater sinkhole that could bleed 2 billion
to 3 billion barrels of oil." (David Phillips, CBS BNET)
chemical rain kills everyone/everything in a wide radius
The theory: In the event of a hurricane, Corexit 9500 —
the oil dispersant BP is using in large quantities — and
methane gas could combine to form toxic rain clouds with the potential
to kill all plant and animal life, including humans, for hundreds
of miles around, says Kurt Nimmo in Alex Jones' Infowars. Russia's
Ministry of Natural Resources is even warning that the toxic oil-spill
rain could lead to "total destruction" throughout the
entire eastern half of North America, reports The European Union
Who's behind the theory? Former "pipeline chaplain"
Lindsay Williams, "investigative journalist" Wayne Madson,
and followers of conspiracy radio host Alex Jones.
Key quote: Under government contingency plans, "30-40 million
people would need to be evacuated....If people living within the
200-mile zone do not relocate voluntarily (i.e. on their own initiative),
it appears likely that a forced evacuation through a martial-law
scenario may occur within the coming weeks and (possibly) months."
(SoCal Martial Law Alerts, Infowars)
4. It's literally
a sign of the Apocalypse
The theory: The BP gusher is fulfilling the Book of Revelation's
end-times prophesies, a scenario in which BP is the diabolic "agent
of the end of the world." The signs include blood-red oil
spreading throughout the Gulf and the widespread destruction of
Who's behind the theory? Eschatalogists (end-times scholars),
including Pastor Phil Hotsenpillar, a teaching pastor at Yorba
Linda Friends Church in Southern California, with support from
members of America's 20-million-strong evangelical Christian community
who believe the world will end in their lifetimes.
Key quote: "The second angel blew his trumpet, and something
like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the
sea. A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures
in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed... A
third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water,
because it was made bitter.” (Revelations, 8:8-11, via Newsweek)
5. BP causes
the earth to implode by secretly tapping its molten core
The theory: Under the guise of digging four-mile-deep relief wells,
BP is secretly boring much deeper — 1,800 miles —
to harvest magma from the earth's molten core for cheap geothermal
energy. Unfortunately, that would lead to the collapse of the
Who's behind the theory? A rather mysterious group of "international
Key quote: "BP would get all the profits while tapping this
amazing source of energy, which would bring them trillions until
it ran dry, causing the earth to implode on itself like a raisin.
Which would mean the only buck left to be made on this orb would
be selling tickets to the surviving yahoos who want to jump on
the last rocketship off it." (Energy industry "insider"
quoted by Dan Lee Hope, Jr., Ask Doc Paranormal)
Week On-line, 24 July 2010
Deepwater Oil Spill - A Longer Term Problem, Personnel - and Open
A 'must read' discussion on The Oil Drum - dougr
The Methane 'bomb' in the Gulf of Mexico
22nd of August 2010 - latest reports re oil spil by The NewScientist
and apathy are the first signs of a dying society.'
Great Pacific garbage patch - stop using
and apathy are the first signs of a dying society.'
have discovered an area of the North Atlantic Ocean where plastic
debris accumulates. The region is said to compare with the well-documented
"great Pacific garbage patch". Karen
Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association told the BBC that
the issue of plastics had been "largely ignored" in
the Atlantic. She
announced the findings of a two-decade-long study at the Ocean
Sciences Meeting in Portland, US. The
work is the conclusion of the longest and most extensive record
of plastic marine debris in any ocean basin.
The nine vital
World Ecological Systems & their sustainable boundaries
[Update soon - Ed]
"In principle, all decisions that affect or are meant
to improve the environmental performance of a product/service
should be scrutinized in terms of their life cycle implications.
For the environmental perspective, a product's life cycle can
be represented as a circular movement that ties together resource
extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
In other words, all the phases of organized matter and energy
that are in some way related to the making and use of a product
can also be linked to an impact on the environment."
for Economic Co-operation and Development,
Paris, France, 1995
A life-cycle assessment (LCA)
is a systematic, cradle-to-grave process that evaluates the environmental
impacts of products, processes, and services. Its quality depends
on the life-cycle inventory (LCI) data it uses.
tracks a product's environmental impact from resource extraction
through disposal and examines the energy it uses and the pollution
it creates. The LCA methodology is shown in Figure 1. The interpretation
step evaluates the processes and impact indicators to determine
how to reduce environmental burdens. LCAs benefit manufacturers,
architects, builders, and government agencies by answering environmental
impact questions and identifying areas for improvement.
books - clarification of concepts
[*Don't buy these books - Get your local library to order
them for you. Others may want to read them too.]
'The politics of Climate Change' - Anthony
Giddens, 2009 - Polity Press, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA
0218, USA and 65 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UR, UK.
to cradle' - Michael Braungart & William McDonough - ISDN
978 90 5594 577 1 NUR 740/964
- Climate Change
Timeline: Climate Change - New Scientist Environment
An Arctic Under Stress - Long-term Changes in Polar Ecosystems
- The" Club of Rome Report
The Global Warming Debate - Introductory
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change Journal - 2010
The Inter-governmenta Panel on Climate Change - latest reports
The shame of the emmission rights sales - Companies make millions
yet no CO2 reduction
treasure of links by Jackie Miers - Educational & Schools
Inspiration - The Blue Economy, essays on new approaches and change
sea level - epic
Extinction risk from Climate Change - Nature
Green Machine - Tackling the plastic menace - New Scientist
Call for Papers on Climate Change, Food Security and Resilience
of Food and Agricultural Systems in Developing
aquanaut: How not to clean up an oil spill - NewScientist
Global Warming hysteria or not - 10 Myths?
Cradle to Cradle - Remaking the way we make things
Park 20|20 The Netherlands - William McDonough & Partners,
Masterplan Architect and Design
William McDonough's Homepage - C2C Architect
National Geography Magazine - green roofs
LCA's and DALY links
* Life Cycle Analysis
GoodGuide Inc, Berkeley - Complete Transparancy re ecological
footprints in consumer goods and foodstuffs
Life Cycle Assesment - What are the 4 732 materials in your broken
down TV set still worth?
Answers.com - LCA 2009 Conference, Cape Town, South Africa
LCA Research, USA
Life Cycle Org - More Links
National Renewable Energy Research
Stoneyfield Farm Inc - Download 'Going Greener Guidebook'
- USA Green Building Council
Wohn Vision 2020 - Exciting recycling design news from Germany
Zweit Sinn - Ecological design with recycled materials (German)
Deep Cosmetic database - do you stimulate cancer cells by a 'bad'
Contaminated Air Protection Conference - poisonus gasses in aeroplanes
Ideas - Hype ideas
Jane Poynter - Life in Biosphere 2 clip
Labour Migration Statistics
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Organization for Migration
Population Reference Bureau
United Nations Development Fund for Women
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Comittee for International Cooperation in National Research in
International Data Base (IDB)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
World Health Organization
to know that'll help to reduce CO2 footprints
Healthy and Toxics - Environmental Working Group
How safe is your cell phone? - EWG
Cellphone radiation - Environmental Working Group
Why tap water is better than bottled water
daken met lastenboek motor
Floradax - 'Green roof tools' & technische aspecten bij het
plaatsing van groene daken
Vlaamse Renovatie 2020 - Premies en Advies
Pangasius: de waarheid over de wondervis uit het vriesvak - DeMorgen.be
Bart Staes - verslagen Europese Commissie