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I checked that Taxi item
"Of course you need to pay extra for a *range extender* "

Hangon "range extender" what's that ?
Internet says " range extender 1.5-liter petrol engine for use when the driver wants to conserve the battery "

Jesus that's a con that he neverr mentioned its got a petrol engine

The taxi salesman said "Diesel is like a villain
..I see various councils will probably ban diesels that's the way it's going"

May 18, 2018 at 1:15 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Primary purpose of BBC progs is SJW PR
‘ If you don’t help to contribute the SJW narrative you don’t get to appear on the BBC’
..So Special Victimhood group people get a free pass.
White males too can get on unaccompanied if they toe the SJW line
..but non-libs are only brought on as a foil accompanied by a bunch of SJWs
So any old lefty/lib can present a BBC documentary.

May 18, 2018 at 12:58 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

R4 Now : Item on Islamic wear from H & M
as the industry in "modest wear grows"

The previous item was about "The new electric taxis"
..Yes they covered both sides of the debate
... NOT ..they just had the electric Taxi promo guys ..item ended by saying
"Yeh diesel is evil, councils will end up banning it"

Next item there is 1.5 million acrylic baths to dispose of each year
..and they are close to impossible to recycle , need to be shredded.
... hm I'd have thought they'd still be useful as fuel in high temp incinerators.

– Next item green bike sharing scheme.

May 18, 2018 at 12:42 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Laurel/Yanny audio illusion shows that Human mind certainty is often a GUESS, with an automatic algorithm which erases the idea we are guessing.
and the same would apply for certainty on Global warming
..and anything else where there are data gaps.

Computer's Logic : I hear something ..compare it against database ..It could be W, X.Y, Z but I don't have enough info divine

Human Logic : I hear something . compare it against database .. .It could be W, X.Y, Z ..now W and Z are never used in human speech, so it could be X or Y
..another cue pointed to X ie the word I just read or the fact I just heard X a minute ago ..so it must be X
now erase this bit about uncertainty
..' Now the sound was X and I just don't understand how anyone could hear it as Y'

#2 Now fiddle around with the input info and cues and you can get the decision to fall on the other side of the knife-edge
say by giving a cue for Y like playing Y 5 times clearly in a row
Then if we go back to our original situation of W, X, Y, Z ...your brain will pitch for Y

The NYT slideable scale exercise on Lauren/Yanny illustrates this

Same for blue-dress/gold-dress your brain doesn't have enough info so it's certainty comes from knife-edge guess
You could probably low light a room and hand someone a blue tomato and their brain would see it as red with 100% certainty. My other comment

May 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Iaapogus, UaT, golfCharlie. Another plant that shows the influence of human activity is the poppy. Its concentrated flowering usually indicates the soil has been turned in the previous year. Hence its appearance abundantly on the battlefields of the first world war and in fields ploughed the year previously.

May 18, 2018 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

@Uibhist a Tuath re Nettles , yes the archaeologist said that on Time Team once

May 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

UaT - yes nettles are often seen around shieling sites etc. But they are also a give away for badgers - in upland areas at least.

May 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

golf charlie
It's always been my understanding that large extents of nettles are a sign of human habitation, either current or sometime the past, for the same reason they grow around leaking drains.

May 18, 2018 at 8:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

May 17, 2018 at 7:24 PM | Pcar

Weeds are just flowers/plants in the wrong place

May 18, 2018 at 8:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

More BBC climate propaganda:

"Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever
By Valeria Perasso
BBC World Service
8 hours ago"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-43789527

"Hellisheidi is not just an accomplished provider of green energy. It is also the site for a scientific breakthrough; an experiment to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and turn it into stone - forever.

Thus keeping this greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere and putting a dent in global warming.

"Mankind has been burning fossil fuels since the industrial revolution and we have already reached the tipping point for CO2 levels", says Dr Aradottir. "This is one of the solutions that can be applied to reverse that".

Called CarbFix, the project is pioneered by an international consortium led by Reykjavík Energy, the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the University of Iceland and Columbia University.

Since experiments began in 2014, it's been scaled up from a pilot project to a permanent solution, cleaning up a third of the plant's carbon emissions."

etc, etc, but:

"...cleaning up a third of the plant's carbon emissions." Really?

Later in the same piece:

"Last year, 10,000 tonnes of CO2 were "digested" by CarbFix.

Yet this is tiny fraction - less than the yearly emissions of 650 Brits or 2,200 American cars."

By the way, BBC, why Brits and American cars? Why not Chinese, and Indian cars?

And:

"And it becomes even more insignificant against the 30-40 gigatonnes of CO2 (a gigatonne is a billion tonnes) that modern humans pour into the atmosphere annually."

Plus:

"Reactions were a lot faster than anticipated partly because of the large amounts of water used to dissolve the CO2.

This however points to one of the project's Achilles heels - it is very water intensive.

"It needs over 25 tonnes of water per tonne of CO2," says Prof Gislason. "In Iceland we are blessed with lots of rain, but if you are doing this on the basaltic areas in India... their water is very precious"."

And finally, tucked away at the end of the article:

"Part of our series Taking the Temperature, which focuses on the battle against climate change and the people and ideas making a difference.

This BBC series was produced with funding from the Skoll Foundation".

Check out the Skoll Foundation and you find that they're fully signed up to climate change alarmism. Search their website for the term "climate change" and it produces things like:

"Ceres Translates Climate Ambitions Into Reality

The climate deal agreed on by 196 countries at COP21 in Paris this past December is extraordinary in its ambitions—a 1.5° C limit on warming, and net zero emissions in the second half of this century.

Now comes the hard work of realizing those ambitions. Skoll awardee Ceres is right in the middle of this struggle—much as it has been for more than 25 years—mobilizing its network of investors, companies, and public interest groups to fight for a sustainable global economy.

The International Energy Agency estimates that achieving the Paris targets will cost the energy industry $16.5 trillion by 2030. That staggering sum cannot be paid by governments alone—it requires massive private-sector investment in our low-carbon future, combined with shifting existing investment away from risky high-carbon sectors.

First investor summit on climate risk
To this end, Ceres joined forces with the United Nations Foundation to bring together governments and investors for the first major event focused on the implications of the Paris agreement: the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk, held at the UN in New York City last month.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and UN Climate Chief Christina Figueres spoke alongside representatives of leading investors like French insurer AXA, BlackRock, and a number of big US pension funds. About 500 investors listened as Ban Ki-moon challenged them “to double—at a minimum—their clean energy investments by 2020.”

It was a busy week. Ceres held dozens of meetings to mobilize investors to spur bold action. This included convening 130 members of their investor network to work on agendas for moving companies, policymakers, and market actors; as well as a chief investment officer roundtable on clean energy investing.

They also brought together a group of financial industry actors—in partnership with Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and Environment—to ramp up Ceres’ campaign to permanently stop the oil industry from sinking hundreds of billions of dollars into developing new oil reserves that are at risk of becoming stranded assets."

And

"Gore and Figueres Talk Urgency and Optimism at Skoll-hosted TED Climate Breakfast

The Jeff Skoll Group had the honor of hosting a breakfast event at the recent TED2016 conference in Vancouver, featuring two leaders in the fight against climate change—Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and former US Vice President Al Gore, now chairman of the Climate Reality Project.

Both climate leaders gave main-stage talks at TED. The breakfast, attended by some 90 TED participants was a chance for a more informal exchange.

Christiana Figueres kicked things off with a combination of optimism and urgency. Last year’s Paris climate deal is hugely important, she stressed; it’s the first time that the world has signed on to a common climate goal. We’re finally all rowing in the same direction.

However this is a first, not a final, step. The targets aren’t ambitious enough to get us where we need to be. But the agreement includes provisions to review and ratchet up those targets. The next five years are key, with intermediate steps to strengthen the Paris commitments expected as soon at 2018."

And much, much more in similar vein.

May 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

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