Tagged: Environment

Extinction Vortex of DOOM - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 10, 2010

How is it that I’ve never heard this cool phrase before? Well not so cool for the species it applies to but still, someone was having a good brain day when that one was coined. The idea of an extinction vortex has been around for almost 25 years but I’m only just hearing about it [...] … Read More

Positive Energy - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 12, 2010

It was interesting to see two articles on alternative energy sources today, outside of a “series” on such things. One on the approval of the new tidal power generators at Kaipara Harbour and one, a bit more “blue sky” on the realistic possibility of the first practicable fusion generators. Both of these may be realised [...] Related posts: … Read More

Poisoned Plastic? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 10, 2010

Yesterday’s Weekend Herald contained a couple of articles on Bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA. BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics – the commonest plastic used to make drink bottles and linings of cans. There have been studies in rats and mice that show that BPA causes altered sexual development, aggression and obesity. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Death on Ice - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 10, 2009

Remember the oft repeated picture of the two polar bears forlornly stuck on an ice floe in the middle of nowhere? Turns out that the photographer who took the picture was more interested in the interesting shape of the ice floe and the picture was taken within a couple of hundred meters of the arctic [...] Related posts: … Read More

How to save the world and earn money - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 25, 2009

Buying electricity generated from home solar panels could be a way to get people involved in saving the environment. This month, Japanese electricity companies began buying electricity from people whose home solar panels generated more than enough juice. Families receive 48 yen (75 cents) for every 1 kilowatt of electricity, creating a new income source. Solar panels alone are … Read More