nice short video on what's causing the record cold in the US.
same thing as what caused the record drought a year or so back - the weakening of the northern hemisphere jet stream.
That's the whole point of a tax on a bad thing: to stop people doing the bad thing.
yeah, but the effect is marginal. you have some moving away from the bad behaviour, but there will always be a core group who keep at it. smoking being the classic example. some people will just pay any price at all to keep doing what they want.
and dairy farmers want to make a shedload of cash. they'll absorb the cost, push it onto consumers, and keep doing it.
the theory goes that consumers will push back and consume less milk. but... like petrol it's something we just grump about, then pay for. look at the butter/cheese kerfuffle when fonterra starting ramping up international prices. people complained, and now we've all adjusted and just keep buying it.
so you end up with a policy that's expensive to operate, maintain and police, and very little change in our carbon emissions.
meanwhile, Soylent Green starts to look more and more like a documentary
can see the chchers of the future now, gently punting across the bayou.
saw similar information being presented by a lincoln uni scientist at a geocoding conference two years back.
the same conference where CERA was trumpetting their $20bil building project in the areas soon to be underwater.
two words; totes cray.
Greenhouse gases and limited freshwater and water pollution are all issues with dairy farming
i think this is a point that needs repeating. the effect of dairying on water quality is only tangentially related to the greenhouse question.
dirty dairy is from what we now consider the bad practice of letting waste wash into rivers, while the CO2 issue relates to their eating petrochemical-fertiliser-based grass, and farting the proceeds out into the atmosphere.
at least that's what i think i'm reading
Our food crops are a tiny fraction of the plant kingdom and most of them have been bred for a couple of thousand years to make the toxins in those safer.
most of our staples are actually not even remotely similar to their natural counterparts. the majority of the main foods eaten have been manipulated beyond recognition by their creators in the americas - potatoes, tomatoes, maize, cassava, peppers, sweet potato.
afaik they're not actually sure exactly which plant was the predecessor of the most-consumed plant in the world - maize. so uncertain that it tempts certain quarters to mutter "aliens..."
now, putting jellyfish genes into your grains... not so sure it's wise.
my only real issue with GMO is seed control, and trademarked foodstuff. you only need look at what monsanto is doing to US small holders.
my "educated layperson's" POV tells me that the economic future will force us to forego the heavily externalising efficiencies of Big Logistics (TM).
we'll just have to make do with buying stuff nationally, or near-nationally, instead of getting disposable paperback books air-freighted from the UK...
should solve the transport debate nicely.
good point. you throw away a $3 battery. you don't throw away a $30k one.
yeah, well out of my depth on that one.
what do you know about using trains for freight instead of big stinky trucks?
yeah, i'm convinced that technology will save us, but only if it's focus is shifting behaviour away from, as opposed to mitigating, the bad.
the ETS is at best a mitigation strategy, and at worst a papal indulgence. the sort of strategy politicans love because it has the appearance of action, the somewhat dubious validity of economic theory to underpin it, and the can kicked so far down the goddamn road you'll need a telescope to see it.
now, moving the entire transport fleet to electricity powered from our low-CO2 electricity network... maybe.