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@Tinyco2: "I doubt the bucket thing was that much of an issue "

Well, it looked like a 'plastic' bin to me and as they were dealing at the micro level I figured grinding it into the gravel would release micro plastics.

Reminded me of a couple of friends doing their OU field work 40-odd years ago monitoring noise levels on the new M6. They sat on a footbridge above the motorway and one held a dB meter while the other held a watch and called out 'NOW' each time a reading was to be taken. They were surprised to find how noisy the motorway was and that the noise was demonstrating regular spikes.....(you can figure it out).

Mar 12, 2018 at 7:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield


Times : only 1,000 EVs sold in 2018 so far in UKsales could fall next month when £4,500 subsidy ends.

Most likely that Remainer Phil will renew the subsidy. He does like useless subsidies eg Help to Buy, Stamp Duty manipulation.

Is he related to the CEO of Persimmon?

Mar 12, 2018 at 6:54 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Harry, yes I saw that. I doubt the bucket thing was that much of an issue but their suggesting the river was the most polluted in the World with microfibers was bunk. I'll bet there are loads of others worse, they just haven't tested them. The Mersey was also very polluted until about 30 years ago, so having to stir up the river bed to get a sample is hardly indicative of what's happening now. What they also didn't demonstrate was if nature cared. The need to stir up the river bed was indicative that the fibers fall out of the water column eventually and even if they are disturbed by a storm are only likely to settle out to sea. While these things might kill a tiny number of creatures, most are at risk of genuine pollution, physical damage to breeding grounds and fishing.

Mar 12, 2018 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Just watched the BBC 6:00 news and they report that a river in Greater Manchester has the highest micro-plastic contamination in the world.
Then they show you a news clip of the 'researchers' sampling the water in the river.
First, the two men take what looks very like a standard black 'plastic' dustbin with the bottom removed and grind it into the riverbed gravel. They then stir up all the gravel and water trapped in the bin and take the mix away for sampling and analysis.
Wow! they say. Look at all the micro-plastics in this sample.
I wonder, just how much of that micro-plastic was the result of grinding the bottom of the bin into riverbed????

Shouldn't they have used a metal bin?

Mar 12, 2018 at 6:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Mar 12, 2018 at 4:17 PM | stewgreen

Has Norway worked out how to scrap or recycle the batteries, without creating too big a carbon footprint?

Mar 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Ridley's column today focuses on negatively dominating discourse.
"For some reason people sound wiser if they think things are going to turn out badly.
.. So news courage is prone to doom mongering
eg Brexit
..Climate Change is the supreme case of unfalsifiable pessimism.
Meanwhile who don't think same
get a lot less airtime and a lot more criticism than people who go beyond science...

Crying wolf .."

Mar 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

I said before that BBC EV PR men were misrepresenting Norway, where in fact pure-EV sales fell as people opt for hybrid.
Times : only 1,000 EVs sold in 2018 so far in UKsales could fall next month when £4,500 subsidy ends.
"The number of electric cars sold in Britain has fallen by a third since the start of the year, amid concerns that motorists are being put off by high price "
Overall including hybrids the category is up 19%

Mar 12, 2018 at 4:17 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Mar 12, 2018 at 3:35 PM | tomo

In the light of recent accusations, it would be appropriate for Bercow to be beaten by a woman, even if he can't find one his own size.

Mar 12, 2018 at 4:13 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Mar 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM | Ross Lea
I guess that with a battery include then diesel-electric is hybrid; but in a marine application, even submarines, there is preciously little opportunity to charge the battery other than by using the diesel part of the equation. For land based transport this is not the case.

Mar 12, 2018 at 4:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

SG. But are they climate refugees?

Mar 12, 2018 at 2:36 PM | Supertroll

Climate Scientists, the BBC and The Guardian say they are. So probably not.

Mar 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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