Making sense of the nuclear power conundrum – do you agree?
“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. ”
Is this thought from Marcel Proust an apt ponder after Christmas or before?
Well we are all burning everything now and still we don’t have enough power – what is the future going to bring?
Globally the greed for fuel to power our world is the prime motivator for the big players – identifying the key to domination as a secure energy source and supply. The race for shale gas through fracking is on, with some governments letting their avarice shield environmental and safety concerns away from the debate. The brilliant video made in the USA to petition against fracking is impressive – so I discussed the issue with energy scientists at UCLAN. The UK policy is restrictive with tight controls and therefore drilling for gas here is deemed safe – safer than the USA (?) – where the lobby against it is growing. Apparently, the operation is safer than coal mining and less toxic, wherever you live. Difficult to believe if you have seen the guy in the US having flames coming out of his tap.
Ed Davey has lifted a suspension on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, on the condition of strict seismic controls.
Fracking is set to be the next frontier for the UK’s oil and gas industry, after the government lifted restrictions on the controversial practice on Thursday, giving a green light to drilling that could produce billions of pounds worth of gas.
The first new site is likely to be at Anna’s Road in Lancashire, near three exploratory fracking wells that were closed after they caused two minor earthquakes last year. Dozens more sites across the country could be licensed as ministers signaled their hope that shale gas would help to make up for the decline in North Sea gas supplies.
Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, said: “Shale gas could contribute significantly to our energy security, and reduce imports of gas as we move to a low-carbon economy. It…
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Deep sea mining stopped as research to assess environmental effects on marine life needed – everything we do has an impact and consequences, so lets hope the assessment is accurate or we could lose valuable species and create new problems.
Dirty power news – interesting article worth reading.
I took this photograph in China, from a coach window, as we sped past one of the many new coal fired power stations. It’s not a great photograph but its value is the irony of a rubbish picker cleaning the highway nearby – a seriously dangerous and dirty job.
Who cannot marvel at the beauty of moss – nature’s carpet?
Since a teen I have been in wonder of moss – of the thousands of varieties, of the glorious range of greens and its amazing habit of carpeting walls, trees and banks in a luxurious type velvet or ferny down. So you can easily imagine my joy when I found out that scientists use it as a bio-indicator for measuring air pollution.
Here is a specimen of moss photographed using the scanning electron microscope, even at only forty times magnification it is a joy to behold.
The next photograph shows James, senior lab technician, putting the tiny piece of moss into the machine to cover it with a fine layer of gold particles to avoid any moisture, still present in the specimen, reacting with the electricity.
This article is VERY interesting – I have a personal interest, not only from my deep love of trees, but as for three years I owned a wood pellet boiler. Originally, I was seduced by the notion that I was doing my bit to save the planet – when my old oil bolier finally imploded, I did not buy another one. So, I took out a huge loan and converted the system to pellets.
What they don’t tell you, and I found out at great cost, is that the boliers need a lot of attention and upkeep. They are temperamental, (only certain expensive pellets work well or the machine clogs up with dust – these special pellets were only available from a manufacturer 200 miles away so the haulage footprint was high), also the calorific value (the heat you get ) is low for the amount of fuel burnt, so you have to burn it high and all the time, and the maintenance is high in time and costs.
Sometimes being right is wrong – being green is difficult, particularly with regard to energy. My research into different fuels reveal they are all with complications and ultimately a price to pay for the standard of power we desire.
Does anyone have positive story to relate about wood pellet boilers?
Maybe after reading the attached article on the Climate Connections blog you have a view?
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science”.
Found: mysterious float in local estuary – beguiling.
Regular readers may recall the photograph of the inspirational back of an old picture frame, posted some months ago. If you do, then this will have resonance with you – yes its a different frame, but one that captures a similar story. The other frame is waiting in my studio for something special to transform it into a free-standing sculpture.
This alternative viewpoint, studying the silent witnesses to our way of living, is a quiet contemplation that pervades much of my work.
Sculpture title – Book of Revelations: Oblique Narrative
Another new sculpture for the Book of Revelations Collection – this piece is titled Transmission.
Book of Revelations 2012
A series of wall based sculptures.
The work silently contemplates a fractured reality: the relationship between contaminated environs and the anthropocentric compass – a dishevelled mourning. The peeling layers invite a meditation on the narrative exposed, whilst the found objects transpose and complicate the space from painting towards sculpture – settling in neither. The brooding degradation is juxtaposed against the unsettling extravagance of the golden frame.
Our view is framed. The duality of being is that we seek the security of frameworks in our lives whilst remaining curious about the wider world. Science and art informs and nurtures our quest for expansion to the physical and metaphysical worlds we inhabit. The magnitude and monumental narrative of the planet ignite wonder yet conversely endow a sense of insignificance to mortal man.
Harnessing the redundant golden frame as a symbolic border, one that demarcates the contents as worthy of being luxuriously wrapped, the sculptures present artefacts dislodged from our focus of possession. The discarded, retrieved and redefined objects are imbued with metaphor and meaning.
The damaged frame, holding fragmented spaces whilst clinging to the precious cargo, defies the loss and reveres its ostentatious past. Metaphorically, the frame highlights the paradoxical interconnectedness between destruction and renewal, past and present, consumption and disposal. The fractured structure signals the frailty of the framework as an illusion of security.