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Decarbonising my home

While my most pressing home renovation need is the bathroom (planning to do this the next time my sons are away on a trip), I was also thinking: Governments should be doing a lot more on climate change, but what are the major emissions in my home, and how could I decarbonise? The car. I recently bought a petrol car, because given how little I drive, I couldn't justify the cost of hybrid or e

Consumerism, Politics and activism

Victorian Labor: Still advertising almost a year after the election

This billboard is still on display up high above Flinders Street, opposite the station, roughly across from the centre entrance*. It seems to refer to the 20% emissions reduction by 2020 pledged last year by Labor, and matched by the Coalition, though some say there are indications the Coalition will drop the target. Perhaps it's just too difficult for the advertising company to remove i

Going green, Politics and activism

A few thoughts on the carbon scheme

New for June... a Lego house with solar panels on the roof. Here's a few thoughts on the carbon scheme announced yesterday: 1. I simply don't understand how the deniers can continue to be taken seriously by anybody when the vast majority of climate scientists agree there's a problem that needs to be fixed. It also seems a peculiar view that the world's population can continue to burn

Politics and activism

Federal issues

I would hope that everyone is actually considering what issues matter to them, and deciding how to vote on that basis, rather than just blindly voting for one side or the other. Of course, it's not just a matter of chosing Labor or Coalition, particularly in the upper house. It may well be that The Greens get close to having the balance of power in the Senate. Here are some quick and not-nec

transport

Poor advert placement?

Not sure this advert placement is a good idea: Not that the exhaust actually comes out of that grill, of course. And one should not overstate the pollution caused by buses. Measuring just the CO2 emissions, a diesel bus emits about 1800 grams per kilometre. By comparison a diesel Landrover emits 295 grams per kilometre. At an average 1.2 people per private vehicle, that's 245 grams pe

driving

So much for carpooling

Cynics have described carpooling as "a transit system with one round trip a day" -- which means that while the trip itself may be faster and more comfortable, in terms of scheduling it's less convenient than all but the very very worst public transport. Even if you don't believe that, it would appear that any pushes towards carpooling (which was supposed to be a big hope in reducing pollution,

Going green, If Daniel was emperor of the world, News and events

Cap and trade

Here's how I'd work carbon trading if I were appointed Grand Emperor of the World, based on my ten minute assessment of the situation. I'd set an emissions cap on the world, starting in say 2010, based on the total emissions output of the world as of 2009. Each country gets a share of this, not based on their current emissions, but based on how many people they have. The countries can trade.