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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 14:12

Car Insurance people rang. They are talking damage to floorpan and structure. Might not  be economically repairable.  Its not three year old until the end of next month. Thankfully it was not the old Vectra, what state that would be in ?

Climate Change?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 13:47

Punkdoc, could you post me a link to the article on the barrier reef? I can't enlarge the chart on my mac.

Climate Change?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 13:46

I stand corrected over the lithium , Alan. I think in my mind I have confused lead batteries and lithium batteries .  If we replace all the lead batteries with lithium rechargeables, where do all the lead batteries end up?

Remember Petrol being taxed more than diesel because diesel was supposed to be "cleaner".?

I agree with everything on chickys list. Its just that a lot of things are twisted by big corporations or governments for their own ends.  The man in the street rarely benefits.

Climate Change?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 11:35

With the electric cars, they are heavily dependent on Lithium batteries. The price of lithium is shooting up. The owner of Tesla is buying up shares in the  companies controlling  Lithium production.  Crude oil price goes down,  Batteries price goes up. The end consumer rarely wins.  I don't for one second think that Lithium production is a nice clean process. All heavy metal pollution is bad for the environment.  The next generation of solar panels that can recharge batteries and feed into the grid, will be of benefit to  householders, always supposing that they have the funds to afford it in the first place.

Did anyone see Guy Martin in China.? They have recycling machines  for bar coded bottles and cans that credit money on to a debit card, that can then be used for public transport.  4 million bicycles in Beijing have been replaced by cars and gridlock.  I think the local Tesco used to have something similar, putting green Tesco points on to a card, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside.  I thought it was a good idea.


Posted: 28/11/2016 at 20:44

To be fair my old raspberries have a load of nettles and buttercups in between them. I cut the weeds  down as I pick,. Its looks messy but I still get plenty of raspberries.

Sweet peas

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:34

Are slugs chewing them off ? or mice digging them up for the seed.?

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:32

Coral larvae travel huge distances on ocean currents. Those growing in warmer areas, some will carry to cold areas  and then die. If the new area is too warm for the old coral , it may be just right for a settlement of the type that can cope with higher temperatures. Nature abhors a vacuum and will find ways to fill it.

I am more worried about the problems caused by the nitrates from treating sugar cane that runs off into the inner parts of the  G B  R . Building work in Sharm el Sheik has devastated the coral because the bulldozers have dumped sand and rubbish on the reef.   In Indonesia and Malaysia, rubbish is dumped at sea and there is a huge amount of damage being caused to  reefs and islands in the Indian ocean where the currents carry it.  Man is  causing all this damage, a changing climate may be accelerating  El Nino events, The pacific ring of fire (Volcanic) is very active at the moment, spewing vast amounts of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.  Have we caused that? Could we stop it? could King Canute hold back the tide. ?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:40

I even got collared by some witnesses in Australia. I was doing my friends front garden at the time so no where to escape.  They said they had spoken to me before.  Well, same accent, but my friend is 3 inches shorter and dark haired.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:36

Our white wine is very chilled. It's still outside from the weekend.

 I have a confused Gala Apple tree. It has one set of flower buds on a spur, and another that has open flowers. 

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:28

The barrier reef suffered a massive bleaching event in April 1998. I was there. I went back three years later to find what had been fantastic coral reefs, totally flattened.  By 2006 they had recovered somewhat. The April 1998 bleaching event was caused by the water temperature, the El Nino had raised  the water temperature to 31 C. Nice to dive in but devastating in it's results.  The El Nino events seem to be getting closer together, but the barrier reef has had devastating events at regular intervals for thousands of years.  Some corals can withstand the higher temperatures, it may just accelerate evolution.

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