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Fridays Times : Balearic's politicians did a big press conference about the future of electricity in Ibiza/Majorca

"We will go from 3% renewables to 100% by 2050
And all car hire will be electric by 2035 and sales of new non electrics banned"

Hmm they already don't have enough homegrown leccy : Their mix is 3% renewables, 27% imports and 70% fossil fuels
They plan to close the main coal power plant in 2025

Yeh... A lot of off their heads on drugs people in the Balearics.

..You guys have seen that the Portuguese newspapers are reporting that Corbyn's new best friend the Portuguese homeless dead man, is actually an Angolan, who'd illegally re-entered after being deported twice, once after a sex attack conviction

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Anyone who sees continental drift as a relevant control knob may have an exaggerated idea of the powers of mankind.

Feb 17, 2018 at 11:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

EM I repeat: plate tectonics has nothing to do with climate. If you know about plate tectonics you would not have made such an obvious error. Perhaps you should revise your Plate Tectonics Ladybird book.

Feb 17, 2018 at 11:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll


Stop nitpicking. I know how plate tectonics works, but I am not going to write a dissertation here.

I trust I have made the basic point that there are times when plate tectonics/ plate configurations/ continental distribution favours permanent ice formation at the poles, and times when it does not .

Perhaps you should discuss this with your friend at UEA.

Feb 17, 2018 at 10:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

BTW EM. Plates are not continents: some continents consist of parts of several plates, whereas other plates have no continent riding upon them.

Feb 17, 2018 at 7:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

EM. You confuse "plate tectonics" - the mechanism by which tectonic plates move with configurations of plates today and those of the past.

Feb 17, 2018 at 7:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll


For an Ice Age you need to be able to form and maintain ice at both poles.That means land at the pole that a permanent ice cap can sit on(Antarctica) or an ocean at the pole sufficiently enclosed by land to block warm ocean currents( the Arctic).

Antarctica has been more or less in place for about 34 million years since the end of the Eocene.

The current Ice Age began about 3 million years ago when plate tectonics moved the North American and Eurasian plates into positionaround the North Pole.. The Arctic became enclosed at the end of the Pliocene.

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man


yes and no...

Doublespace got some hot lawyers and it cost Bill loadsamoney (I have a $45 million figure in mind - but I might be wildly wrong) - it didn't help that if you used a hex / binary viewer to look inside the comression driver executable there was a plain text copyright notice :-)

I thought it was particularly shitty of Bill and the crew - as they were going around small software houses with nifty products at the time and adding features to MS-DOS - in a "partner with us" sort of a way. They reviewed the disc compression software and handed it back with the comment - "ah.. we can do it in-house it's not as difficult as we thought"

iirc the guys at Doublespace gave up writing software and went on quite a self indulgent binge like lottery winners.

Somebody at Microsoft signed an NDA with Doublespace - just to button it down :-)

Not the worst bit of MS behavior though - Gates and Ballmer getting overheard by Paul Allen plotting how to cheat him out of his share of the company when they discovered he had Hodgkin's disease is probably the pinnacle....

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:09 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Is DEFRA in charge of Kyhgistan Energy Policy also ?
Residents left with no heating in -27C cold snap ..cos centralised central heating plant vbroke down for days

Feb 17, 2018 at 12:08 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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