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Yes, it's Friday, again it's Friday. The twenty seventh of June this is the sustainable futures report and I'm ads, day. Welcome. Thank you for listening and thank you for Bush. League listen US to record levels this month. Whatever we do whatever we suffer. Pandemics racism urban terrorism. The climate is still in crisis, and our environment continually abused. I don't intend it any way to minimize people suffering from the covid pandemic. From rights for centuries denied. All from the random murders, which took place in reading park last weekend. These all need edge detention an add to ongoing challenges. Remembering last week's warning from the International Energy Agency that we have six months to head off the west of the climate crisis. Is worrying us of unheard of temperatures in the octagon has serious revolution in the UK. Whatever the need urgent action! We need continuous research and innovation steadily building an infrastructure for a low-carbon future. I bring you news of Soda. FEMMES and energy storage stories of the future of fossil fuels news of ways of processing waste. And the advice and ideas for establishing a green recovery still keep pouring in though not to universal approval. The Republicans have discovered the Joe Biden is taking advice from Alexandria Calcio quotas the green new deal guru. Don't like it. Remember links to the sources of all the stories can be found on the blog at all the WS. Sustainable futures don't report. We'll start with a weather report. Last weekend a weather station in landscape. Load a temperature of thirty eight degrees centigrade. That was the highest temperature for the region since nineteen fifteen. Thirty eight degrees centigrade. But. is in Siberia north of the. Circle. The whole Siberia has experienced warmer weather this year as much as eighteen degrees centigrade above average maximum temperatures for June. Scientists have been expecting increasing temperatures as a consequence of global heating. Increases of this magnitude will not expected before twenty one hundred. These warmer temperatures of wildfires to boreal forests and peatlands, these fires continue to burn throughout the winter, but seemed to be largely ignored the massive oil spill up there that I told you about recently. As the trees and the Pete Bum. To and on no longer available as carbon sinks. Two in the atmosphere brings warming and melts the Arctic ice. As increasingly more ice melts less sunlight is reflected on Moore's absorbed by the DACA ocean surface. This creates a vicious cycle. Whereby the temperature increases resulting in further sea, ice, loss and so on. Is this the tipping point. We being warned off the self reinforcing cycle that we will be unable to stop. It puts into perspective last week's ruling from the international energy. Agency that we have only six months to get things under control. Will governments take note and take action. Distinguished Economists Nicholas Stern urged governments to act predicting that the climate crisis could be sold at a of about one percent of global judy pay, but significantly every is delay. But. That was back in two, thousand and six. Quite apart from saving the global climate. We don't seem to good at protecting the local environment. This story comes not from some distant failed state, but from the United Kingdom where the River Wye has been described as a death trap for wildlife and looking like peace soup. The river rises in central Wales and descends virus food until it joins the seven S Chery. It is bordered by dozens all free range chicken foams. The excrement from the chickens is washed by the rain into watercourses until it finds its way into the river. This runoff is rich in phosphates which calls Algal blooms which in turn suffocate. The fish and damage netted plants. This destroys the habitats of Kingfisher's and other birds and mammals which live along the river. Apparently all this is legal, but maybe when we are released from European Directives, new British regulations will clean this up. We'll have to wait and see. More news opinions and advice on how we sought out the climate crisis as we exit from the lockdown. The UK government promises to review its plans next month. It has apparently already set up working parties according to Szalasi and international legal news website. The groups will focus on five key themes including green recovery. How to capture economic growth opportunities follows shifts to net zero carbon emissions. Each working group will contain approximately twenty or twenty-five participants, consisting of businesses, business, representative groups and prominent academics. Business Secretary, Alex Chama Chas the recovery. Roundtable meetings which began only eight June. Shama has said these roundtables will undoubtedly lead to a clean, green, more resilient economy which will create new jobs. Rising in Vice Dot, com Tristan Kennedy says reversing the climate crisis isn't on you. Weaning to change the? Entire system. He makes the point that seventy one percent of all global emissions come from just one hundred companies. While we as individuals can talk how footprint by driving less avoiding single use plastic, changing diets, simply buying less. This will have a negative effect in the face of pollution from these enormous companies. is any regulation by government the can make the change. Governments being fully aware ever since the Rio Earth Summit back in Nineteen ninety-two that we all facing a crisis. But rather than legislate. They prefer to shift the burden of responsibility owned companies, which too often COUNC- Pasta I needed bottom line, and onto us as individuals. The danger is that we will believe that we are responsible. And the what we're doing is making a difference. Meanwhile, these mega polluters continue with Business Daschle's as usual. The committee on climate. Change has written to the British government about the future of carbon pricing. Often, leaving the EU, the come, the country will no longer be part of the E U. Emissions trading scheme. And will therefore have to set its own mechanism. Committee walls of the proposal is currently put forward by the government will not allow it to achieve its net zero target by twenty fifty. Consumer guilt is reinforced by the environment. Journal line with the headline of consumption must be addressed to solve climate crisis like the smuggled come. They are quoting a new report in the journal Nature Communications. The office say. Over half a century, worldwide growth in Afrin says continuously increased your source use a pollutant emissions foul rapidly than these have been reduced through better technology. The affluent citizens of world, our responsible for most environmental impact and are central to any future prospect of retreating to save for environmental conditions. Any transition towards sustainability can only be effective if far-reaching lifestyle changes complement technological advancements. have. Existing societies, economists and couches in sight consumption expansion. And the structure imperative, the growth in competitive market economies inhibits necessary societal change. Having identified affluence as a driver of over consumption, the strongest pillar of the necessary transformation is to avoid or to reduce consumption until the remaining consumption levels within planetary boundaries while fitting human needs. Avoiding consumption means not consuming certain goods and services from living space over launch homes Sandra residences of the wealthy to oversize vehicles. Environmentally, damaging wasteful food leisure happens and what patterns involving drying, driving and flying. This implies reducing expenditure wealth along sustainable consumption corridors. I minimum and maximum consumption standards all the technological side, reducing the need for consumption comes detected by changes such as increasing lifespans of goods, telecommunications that physical travel, sharing and repairing instead of buying new and house retrofitting. They do admit that. Achieving reductions in consumption will reduce depaix with varying consequences from country to country. Explain how the capitalist system is founded on consumer, expectations and ambition, leading into consume to keep up with PIA groups, thus driving growth. The office present alternative solutions, some righteous proposed policy changes including among others stringent eka taxes or cap and trade systems. Direction investments in Green Industries and public institutions wealth redistribution through taxation and a maximum count, a guarantee, basic income, and or reduced working us. They believe this would work within a capitalist framework. More radical solutions are proposed by reformists, ECO Socialists and EGO anarchists they require policy changes as described above, but focus on a specific de growth strategy with a major role for the state. Although not. It's. It's an interesting article and Woolworth read. It's free available, and there is a link the blog. The question is whether this will actually stop over consumption whether it will be incorporated in government policy or even the policies of the UK's Labor opposition. One of the authors junior Steinberg has agreed tune into view. I'll bring it to you next week. There's always news on the energy front the shift project. A French think tank warns the E U is likely to see an oil shortage by twenty thirty. The volume produced by e you. Oil provide is expected to fall by eight percent between one, thousand, nine, hundred and twenty thirty. The production from Russia from the foam us all countries from Africa which together supply fifty percent of the world's oil is also in decline. Even though they will still be billions of barrels of oil in the Earth Picot is now predicted for twenty, thirty and supply will never reach that level again. As a result countries, which is to implement low-carbon policies, notably, the introduction of electric vehicles likely to be subject to wild price fluctuations. Apparently fossil fuels are not all over for everyone and the ecologist magazine complaints with the British government has spent nearly four billion pounds of UK public funding on fossil fuel infrastructure in the global sounds in the is since the Paris agreement was signed. The. Government has revealed ninety percent of the energy deals struck at the UK. Investment on in January were in fossil fuels. Projects included fracking in Argentina, China Oil refineries in Bahrain and power plants that run on heavy fuel diesel in Cameroon Kenya Ghana. Guinea Mali. Now that global heating doesn't respect national boundaries. says the coldest. These investments are made in the interests of private profit role in the public interest and forcing fossil fuel dependency on global south economies and frustration attempts to tackle fuel poverty adjusted transition to renewable energy. Support for fracking in Argentina. It's ironic that energy to quasi called Tang that slipped this week. That fracking in the UK is effectively dead. Dead after millions of pounds spent on policing the expiration sites to exclude protesters dead, after promises of millions of pounds to communities, which would welcome fracking into their areas. Looking at renewable energy. I spoke last week about a major news farming Kansas South East, England. More information on the project comes from Private Time magazine. That correspondent reveals that the developers of the site applied for a unit wings over fifty megawatt capacity. And now has the final size will be three hundred and fifty megawatts. In, addition the development consent that gives them authority to deposit at sea, plastic, synthetics and marine coatings among other waste materials. How can this be permitted in twenty first century? The other aspect of the developed is energy storage. The developers have also received permission to install Molin fifty megawatts of an atrocity storage. Should this turn out to be a three hundred fifty megawatt unit? It will be the biggest in the world. If this means a conventional battery. The outlook is not good. Quite apart from whether it is appropriate to locate the storage alongside the generation storage, batteries and other the parts of the world have suffered terrible fires releasing what private eye describes as ultra toxic hydrogen fluoride. The maybe they don't intend to use conventional batteries at all. I recently come across high view power, and you'll finally to that website on the blog. View power uses at to store energy from surplus and off peak at interesting. It uses the. To run a refrigeration pond, which reduces the temperature of the air to the point that it liquefies and stores it in that state. When power is needed, liquid areas returned to ambient temperature, and as gasify it releases energy to drive the conventional turbine which drives a conventional generator. Sound simple, and of course there are no harmful or environmentally damaging emissions of any kind on the site. No risk of or explosion, either no need for earth metals, other chemicals as part of the storage press. I'm not sure whether there is an installed base of these units, but the company has project under construction across the world. Is Liquid the future. Still on energy in batteries, I came across a report from the Faraday Institution for Science and religion about research into methods of cooling. Coil Electric car batteries under charge. The Holy Grail of the electric car is a battery which can be Charles very rapidly. But apparently the main problem is getting rid of excess speaks during the rapid challenging process, which otherwise will damage the battery. My first reaction to this story was the wanting. Electric vehicles follow efficient use of energy than petrol and diesel vehicles do how much energy is going to be wasted if electric cars have to discard excess heat as they recharge. I to follow it up with This organization is a charity based in Cambridge. which coordinates and supports battery research. The story was indeed to be found on their website. I clicked on the link only to be taken to the Times newspaper, which was carrying the story behind a paywall. Attempted to complain to the Foul Institute about this. There is no contact point of any kind on their website. So incompetent you the truth of the story. And the final note on batteries. You can now get a kit to convert your VW beetle to electric power. Looking at other sources of energy, although some will hotly dispute whether this is renewable energy, the East Rockingham to energy plotted Perth, Western. Australia will process free thousand tons of the city's waste leaving just four percent to be diverted to landfill. WASTE GOES IN ONE END at trinity comes out the other. Along the way articulate scrubbed scrubbed out of the flue gases and can be used of road instruction similar. By coincidence this week I took a virtual tour of the Artan Waste Recovery Pont in North Yorkshire. Similarities with plant, in Perth, except that, it has a vast waste treatment system on the front lawn before anything gets into the furnace. Wasted comes into the plot has already glass paper plastic bottles and metal containers. By citizens who separated for the curbside recycling collection. Even, so some of these materials are still put in landfill waste, which is sent to the plot. This waste is mechanically sorted and separated into Kabul plastics, metals, aluminium, glass, and rubble. All of this is sent for recycling. Organic materials go into anaerobic digestion. and. Digest gas drives generator, which means electricity into the National Grid. Everything else goes into a furnace just like the one in Perth raise esteem and drives a turbine and generator, also supplying the grid. The residue which is sent to landfill is three percent of the input. Incinerators have a bad name and are not popular with environmentalists, but the allison plonk is much more than an incinerator. Emissions from the stack by the way on constantly monitored on site and minute by minute data sent to the Environment Agency to ensure that the plant is operating cleanly at all times. Across the pond. The Americans preoccupied as they bill for the next four or five months with the coming presidential election. Forbes, magazine says Biden's Mosque of moderation as finally slipped once a lot about. Well it seems that. The Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is associated with left wing extremists. People like Bernie. Sanders who wants to reform healthcare. and Alexandria Kazuko Tez outspoken supporter of the green new deal. According to an analysis by the Heritage Foundation even the most stripped down version of this plan could increase household at the expense by fourteen percent eliminate all the one point, four million jobs and yields an aggregate GDP loss of free point, nine trillion dollars by twenty four hundred. To meet the proposals, go to one hundred percent, renewable power would cost more than five trillion dollars. The Heritage Foundation is a wing conservative think tank associated with policies, Ronald, Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. Is closely aligned with the trump administration. In advertising a Webinar entitled Freedom, equality the key of prosperity through social capitalism, it explains that socialism unnecessary interventionism and other choices promise equal outcomes inevitably file. Others may disagree with its analysis of the green new deal. And finally this week is zero area made a twenty minutes test flight, and an electric powered Piper m three fifty aircraft. And as you came not from batteries, but from a hydrogen fuel cell interesting development. The question must be which has higher, energy, density, batteries or hydrogen. Let's see how this develops. And that's for another week. I'm Anthony Day and that was the sustainable futures report. I'm off to enjoy this amazing sunshine, which is probably damaging planet? And to think about what I'm going to bring you next week. I've already decided that I'm going to take all this off. But there are these five more episodes between now and then. Thank you for listening. Thank you for getting in touch with ideas and suggestions. I haven't forgotten Stephanie ill. I am going to get back with a response. And if the rest of you like the sustainable futures spread the word. I hope together we can help to change the world and some small. Mind you? We need a really big change, so don't give up. I'm mentioned he died. How Great Week? Was the sustainable future. Book?

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