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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Get your Carbon Sequestration Site on the Map - Reduce GHG emissions, Improve Company-Gov Image, Visibility, ROI...for fun Beat GeoSAT-Ubuki

Industrialists, Governments are you still stalling?

Get your Carbon Sequestration Site on the Map.

Engage in an "Open-Book management approach" to CCS-Carbon Capture and Storage.

Seven Perceived advantages are $, £, , ¥, ₨, 元 (your choice?):
-Improve your company or government-national image,
-Increased visibility from the growing environmentally conscience internet based society.
-Get on the side of scientifically based ecology and have a positive, caring, increased influence in national, and global issues
-Take a strong marketing position.
-Make "Or-well's " big-brother monitoring "obsolete"(for fun) or more accurately reduced expensive satellites construction and launch, simply to an optimum-a minimun of wise precautionary measures.
In short
-Increase credibility with a badly disallusioned public-voters, smaller share holders, the market.

Did I forget your currency?
As long as it's only money, pick it's symbol here LINK and drop me line.

Industrialists, Governments still stalling? Whatever the reason, get your Carbon Sequestration Site on the Map, thanks to an initiative from The Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage, School of Geo-sciences, University of Edinburgh

The Centre's interactive map shows commercially significant CCS sites (planned or operational) around the globe.

It is designed as an interactive resource for the emerging CCS industry. We invite industry members to locate their relevant site on the google map and feed information into the map as their project progresses.

The SCCS map focuses on proposed full scale or large CCS sites around the world. 'Large' refers to the amount of CO2 that is planned to be injected. Any site planning on injecting over 700,000 tonnes CO2 per year has been included. 700,000 tonnes was picked as an arbitrary amount because of the large number of smaller research/demo plants. The smaller sites are of course significant, and will be added to the google map nearer the time that they go live.

View the SC-CS Map, try-it, learn and engage; register your Carbon Sequestration Site [Link html] .

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs... Data requested on New Caledonia-Nouvelle Calédonie_Leaching Waste Dischage in Lagoon. Madness say's specialist, re. Thalassa FR3.

Leaching Waste Dischage into New Caledonian Lagoon by pipeline project is in it's advanced stages. "Madness!" say's one on-site specialist, re. Thalassa FR3.

NB. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs..! But how many and how soon in order to solve the waste discharge environmental issues...!

As I post in "Materials Science and Engineering Defined", on the Coal Mining, Power and Materials theme "Coal Research Forum_Minerals and Coal Mining Concerns, Efforts and Progress Tackling Global Energy and GHG-CO2 Emissions Challenges", a "new" mining environmental theme has been brought to my attention, namely, the project to pipe leaching residue-acid and heavy metals- waste from nickel mining and separation into a lagoon in New Caledonia-Nouvelle Caledonie by a large mining group (Brazilian) involved in Nickel mining in New Caledonia-Nouvelle Calédonie, ref. the highly reputable Thalassa longest running French TV programme (FR3).

All data highly appreciated.

Follow-up by Thalassa, FR3.

I trust that any illusions I may harbour concerning minerals and mining will not be shattered -no not so early in the New Year at least!

In France we nolonger say -"Au bas mot (as a last word) we say Obama! " If necessary a joint EU - USA stance may be of great assistance. Let's get the data!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Japan launches satellite (Ubuki-GOSAT) to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) _Warning-Pollution will nolonger go un-noticed

Japan launched a satellite on Friday 23 Jan2009 to monitor greenhouse gas around the world in the hope that the data it gathers will help global efforts to combat climate change.

The satellite, called "Ubuki" which means "breath or vitality" 2) and methane (CH4) from 56,000 locations on the Earth's surface, including the atmosphere over open seas.

The increased magnitude (X200) far surpasses the 282 land-based observation sites, most of which are in the United States, Europe and other industrialized regions.

Japanese officials hope the data will add credence to existing research on greenhouse gases, including reports by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of hundreds of scientists.

Ubuki will circle the planet every 100 minutes for the next five years collecting information about carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) (two of the main "greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

"Global warming is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. Japan- home to the Kyoto Treaty to fight GW-Global Warming is of course fully committed to reducing CO2,"

"The advantage of Ubuki is that it can monitor the density of CO2 and methane (CH4) gas anywhere in the world."

The satellite will orbit at about 415 miles (670 kilometers) above Earth, tracking CO2 and methane levels from a whopping 56,000 locations.

Japanese officials hope the data will add credence to existing research on greenhouse gases, including reports by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of hundreds of scientists.

The measurements are expected to contribute to raising certainties in IPCC research that greenhouse gases are increasing, reports Yasushi Tadami, deputy director of research and information at the Environment Ministry's global environment bureau.

It is also expected to advance research on the mechanism of carbon cycles.

Equipped with two sensors, the satellite will track infrared rays from the Earth, which will help calculate the densities of carbon dioxide and methane because these two greenhouse gases absorb the rays at certain wavelengths.

The USA's NASA. is set to launch its own, $277-million Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) on February 23. Like Ibuki, the OCO will monitor carbon dioxide emissions with the goal of predicting the course of climate change. The satellite will make 16-day cycles around Earth from 483 miles (777 kilometers) up, according to the Discovery Channel.

Both satellites come as about 190 countries try to craft a broader climate treaty by December to replace the Kyoto Protocol that binds wealthy nations to emissions targets between 2008 and 2012.

More ... cf. sources below.

IBUKI (GOSAT) Dedicated Offical Site at the Japanese Space Exploration Agency -JAXA .

Principles Schematics of the GHG measurement and monitoring from JAXA.

Some News Sources:
1. Reuters,
2. Scientific American Blog.
3. Discovery Channel

Monday, January 19, 2009

RSS Explosion-More EU RSS-Atom newslines - 17 First Class Choices Added Thoughout My Blog Series

Either scroll down selected subjects from the Europa-17 or from the Cordis-9, R and D subjects or visit the full Europa-17 list on Materials Chemistry Defined

Entry points and some specific subject selections on my other sites for easy browsing.

Tell how you are getting on. Have fun.

Friday, January 16, 2009

How to Make Positive Change - 9 Top-Tips.

At the risk of talking to myself, I feel "How to Make Positive Change - 9 Top-Tips. is very appropriate for the aims of this blog and a reminder of many of my posts and tendency to diversify. It may help some of you who have left comments on How as opposed to Why.

"I cannot give the original source, but I think it is a useful list for thinking about how to plan large scale positive changes towards sustainability. "

To make change happen you need the following:

1. Discipline yourself in selection of Issues for action -- Limit your attention to issues you can influence
2. Discipline yourself in pursuit of issues over an extended time
3. Development of detailed analysis of the problem and preferred solution(s) -- Who are the stake holders? Why is the system operating as it currently does?
4. Develop a long term strategy
5. Develop multi-faceted strategy -- What if plan A fails? B? and so on...
6. Develop coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships with like-minded groups, organizations and individuals
7. Develop mutual communication, understanding and cooperation with like-minded movements in other countries.

Retrieved from ""

8. Read JM Pearce's paper on Climate2008 and brush-up on the fundamentals of LCA-Life- Cycle Analysis as I am cf. previous post.

9. Read and share as many of the excellent other papers in Climate2008 as you see fitting. A mouse scroll-over function allows one to read a short summary of each paper to help the reader chose according to his/her interests.

My ref for 7 Top Tips comes from JM Pearce's, Mechanical Eng. Queen's Univ. Kingston Ontario,Canada User:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

6.986 tons of CO2 injected underground at Ketzen Germany _ CCS CO2SINK-Project _Progress to date

Up to January 11th 2009, 6.986 tons of CO2 are injected in the underground at Ketzen

The CO2SINK project started in April 2004. The project centres on careful observation of the effects of injecting a significant amount of CO2 into a reservoir.

Their website CO2SINK will provide information about the project as it develops, general material about CO2 capture and storage, and links to other sites. Their site also contains a page where your views or questions can be posted to the project team.

The project is coordinated by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Incidentally I had the pleasure of reviewing the book Continental Scientific Drilling edited by a team from GFZ covering a wide spectrum of interdisciplinery themes contibuted by a renowned international scientists and engineers not only from the physical sciences but also from biosciences.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Climate 2008_Important Repository of Conf Papers_ Intuition - Foresight-Hindsight: Virtual Labs, Conferences Networks

Climate 2008 is an very important repository of conference papers following the virtual conference in Hamburg Nov 2008 and an important step in virtual conference organisation.

The papers presented are grouped in 4 Categories:

1. Scientific aspects of climate change including on modeling, forecasts and data analysis, generated by interdisciplinary teams. (15 papers)
2. Social aspects on climate change, including economics, policy-making and social impacts. (29 papers)
3. Education, communication and training on climate change. (12 papers)
4. Regional / international initiatives, projects and other efforts involving different groups and stakeholders. (18 papers)
HYPER LINKS Climate 2008

To quote from my post of 5 Jan.09; G8 University Summit conference focused on Global Sustainability, Concrete measures to take, International Co-operation by Academia in this "War":

"One can hope that more Universities may be able participate this year 2009 and in the future and that low carbon-footprint initiatives such as virtual labs, and conferences, networks follow say around a backbone of field work." ( I expect that I was influence by the increasing numbers of "Webinars" in the private sphere).

Well here is one "New Year 2009 Wish" satisfied.

Little did I know that the first global, purely virtual climate conference, "Klima 2008 / Climate 2008", took place from the 3 to 7 November 2008 ( in Hamburg.

Within the framework of "Klima2008 / Climate 2008", at least one million users were expected to take part in the conference worldwide. Scientists, politicians, businessmen, associations and Non-Gov. Organisations-NGOs, as well as individuals are invited to submit papers for "Klima 2008 / Climate 2008" and/or participate in the event.

The online conference on climate change is under the patronage of three celebrities:
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research, and Dr. Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),

The conference was organised by the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Applied Sciences of Hamburg, Germany, under the leadership of Professor Walter Leal from the research and transfer centre "Applications of Life Sciences".

Partners are:
The EC's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability,
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
NB. Moreover, UNESCO declared the event to be a project of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (from 2005 to 2014).


Climate Change Studies Library

Climate Projects around the world

Introducing Snap Shots from - New Widget Enhanced Functionality

Introducing Snap Shots from

I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display in-line videos, RSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.

Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

World through Coloured Glasses: Technology As A Driver of Modern Civilization

World through Coloured Glasses: Technology As A Driver of Modern Civilization

Monday, January 05, 2009

G8 University Summit conference focused on Global Sustainability, Concrete measures to take, International Co-operation by Academia in this "War"

For first time in history the presidents of major universities in G8 and other countries convened, from 29June to 1July08, at a G8 University Summit conference to discuss pressing international issues from the academic and neutral viewpoints.

Highly significantly, the main focus of the summit was global sustainability; designing concrete measures to address it's challenges, promoting international cooperation from the academic field, and contributing to such activities.

Due to the strong influence university education has, on the future national and international elite, this initiative is potentially one of the most significant actions taken in 2008 in order to help meet the gigantic challenges of climate change and limited resourses. It is fiting too that the natural mineral resource starved Japan housed this first get-together.

In parallel with the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the presidents of 35 universities (the presidents of 27 universities including United Nations University, and deputy presidents from 8 universities) from a total of 14 countries participated in this summit.

One can hope that more Universities may be able participate this year 2009 and in the future and that low carbon-footprint initiatives such as virtual labs, and conferences, networks follow say around a backbone of field work.


G8 University Summit_Main Page