Posts by steven crawford

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to Lilith __,

    When I lived in Woolston by the railway line I would hear the coal trains rumbling past to Lyttelton, then rattling back empty. I used to ponder how peculiar it was to dig up bits of ground on the West Coast and load them on a train going across the island (and THROUGH a mountain), then load them on a ship and send them for vast distances across the ocean to India and China. How is that even viable?!

    That might be the coking coal that’s used to get the carbon into steel.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3534 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…,

    Shifting everything to a point of consumption would be interesting – we could sheet home most of those livestock methane emissions to someone else.

    Just to change tack on that thought. The atmosphere isn’t the only thing we’re trying not to put out of whack.

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Yes, of course. But as David keeps re-iterating in his comments, the details of the ice-block are irrelevant. The ice-block is merely an example, to show how taxing carbon for goods manufactured in NZ will send the wrong price signal to the market, so it would favour the worse outcome for the world.

    I know, I read between the lines when he said he was attempting to walk from Nevada to Arizona without any ice blocks!

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…,

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    The old idea, the Windjamers where used as warehousing during the depression. They would load them with grain and put them to sea with a few teenagers and two or three experienced sailers. Then in the three months it took to get from Australia to Europe, it was hoped that the economy would have improved. Unfortunately for the crews at the end of the Windjamers era, they landed in the Second World War.

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to Alfie,

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    While appreciating your desire for ice block simplicity, surely the Chinese block travelling thousands of kilometres to market whilst remaining frozen also increases its total emission

    There's the modern idea to mitigate some of the cost.

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to David Haywood,

    It’s all very headache-inducing, Steven. The short answer: because someone might point out how much carbon dioxide was released when making the concrete for the hydrodams, not to mention the methane released by the anaerobic decomposition of the original vegetation under the dam waters!

    That’s got me started on a story! Once upon – a – time, after getting married in Las Vegas, (long other story). well we visited the Hoover dam. Not much vegetation decomposing was mentioned, but lots of concrete was used. The American was proud to say that enough concrete was used to build a foot path ( or cycle way ) around the planet. The generator rooms, had three inch marble on the mezzanine floors. And they where massive! Up on the serfice there was an Egyptian style sculpture surrounded by a ceramic and brass mosaic of the night sky as it was during the flooding of the catchment. The mosaic is there so that when aliens finally arrive, they will know when this marvel of engineering was created, and that along with the Italian marble down on the shop floor, would be like wow! And they would say 'respect'.

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to David Haywood,

    Apologies to those already familiar with the problem (of accounting for New Zealand’s GHG emissions according to the UNFCCC guidelines) if I have made this explanation overly simplistic.

    Yer – but, I like over simplicity. The minority’s who already understand it are going the have to just suck it up.

    I’m surprised the NZ electricity generator and lines company’s haven’t pointed out that Solar panels and battery’s cost lots of carbon to make, so putting solar panels all over the roof rather than using the hydro dams, isn’t as cosmic as it looks.

    But solar panels do look a bit cosmic.

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  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow,

    If he fails the medical, does he still get to be commander and chief?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3534 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Fringe of Darkness,

    I went to a seminar at Victoria university which was trying to get people thinking and talking about New Zealand males as victims. About forty people showed up which is apparently a big turnout. The audience was mainly women, but the organisers where very encouraged that a few men showed up. The four speakers, after giving brief accounts of there experience of abuse, all emphasised there struggles at having to live with there trauma in an environment where nobody talks about it.

    I drove keen Clearwater to the airport, and thanked him for the work he's doing.

    This is Ken speaking about Sexual abuse & violence is a human rights issue not a gender issue

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  • Up Front: Fringe of Darkness,

    We did it! The new artical that said child sexual abuse victims are likely to become sex offenders, has been understood to be incorrect by the New Zealand Herald.

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