The Environmental Blog

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Drink Green Tea - Avoid Cancer

According to Science Daily "new research reaffirms the potential value of green tea as a natural substance able to stop cancer before it starts."

Everybody, start drinking green tea for your own safety.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Sun is Shining

And the weather forecast is good - for Norway.

Still we Norwegians can go into the countryside to have a breath of fresh air.

Wonderful. Anyone envious?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Ozon Layer GetsThinner

The ozon layer over Norway is reported to have been reduced.

This means that when the Norwegians relax on their beaches, they will need to protect themselves after 30 minutes of sun-bathing. If they don't they will be sun-burnt. Worst case - they will catch skin-cancer due to too heavy sun and too much sitting in the sun.

I'll bet all the Norwegians are thanking all the polluting countries and industries for this unexpected strong sun. Or - may be NOT!!!

This is also a warning to the G8s. Take care of our environment.


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Bush in Denmark

The US President George W. Bush has been in Denmark visiting the Fredensborg Castle having breakfast with the Queen and the Prime Minister. Among the things they discussed were more help to the African people, the Kyoto Protocol and environmental issues.

The President said the US has used 20 mill. dollars in exploring various kinds of energy sources, and he predicted that we a few years ahead will be driving cars that pollutes less than the cars of today.

Let's hope he is right.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

How Measures may help our Environment

Long time ago there was a problem in Norway with acid rain. Air polution led to dead rish in rivers and lakes. More than 9,600 fish stocks were lost in Norway between 1950 and 1990. Salmon from all the great salmon rivers in Southern Norway was wiped out because of acid rain.

Now, thanks to measures taken by the European countries, the problem of acid rain has nearly disappeared. The salmon has come back to rivers where it once was wiped out. According to the Norwegian Minister of Environment, Knut Arild Hareide in his speach to the 4th World Recreational Fishing Conference in Trondheim - Norway:

We have acid rain under control. Today's biggest threat to Norwegian salmon comes from the parasite Gyrodactylus salaris, which came here in 1975. This parasite has the potential to wipe out entire salmon stocks in infected rivers. We have spent enormous sums each year to get rid of the parasite, river by river. We are trying out new ways of handling the parasite and will not give up before we succeed.

Will the European countries take the necessary measures to deal with this situation as well? Time will show.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Energy Problem Solved by New Nuclear Project

If scientists succeed in building an experimental nuclear fusion reactor and making it work it could solve the world's energy problems for the next 1,000 years or more. We are talking about a Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor which will be built in France at Cadarache in the south of the country. The reactor has enormous potential and could lead to the building of a prototype power station in about 30 years. There will be enough electricity to last the world for the next 1,000 to 2,000 years, so it is really quite important that it works. The idea for this reactor is that it should have an advantage over current nuclear reactors because it would be cleaner. It should not rely on enriched uranium fuel and it should not produce plutonium, which is a concern from a terrorism point of view.
Ian Fells, of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Britain and an expert on energy conversion says:

"The technology of this is the science of the hydrogen bomb. You take a couple of hydrogen atoms and you squeeze them together, you fuse them together, and they turn into an atom of helium and produce a great burp of energy. This is turning mass into energy as with Einstein's celebrated equation E=MC2 (energy = mass times the speed of light squared)"

The people who are working on the project seek to mimic the way the sun produces energy, potentially providing an inexhaustible source of low-cost energy using seawater as fuel.

Is this too good to be true? Hopefully not. If they manage to make it and it stands up to expectations, will we then say good-bye to the oil?

This blog is based on an article by Planet Ark.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Ideas on Raising Profile of Green Branding Issues

On the environmental blog site TreeHugger, the famous marketing man Seth Godin has agreed to an interview. He injects ideas on raising profile of green branding issues such as 'Global Warming' and 'Hybrid Cars'.
A quote:

Acid rain is a much more powerful story. Acid = death and rain is omnipresent and supposedly pure and lifegiving. Put them together and you get something that feels tangible and an emergency.

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