Archive for October, 2008

“Environmental” organizations

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008


Norges Miljøvernforbund:

Enova was established to work for a change to sustainable energy-use and -production in Norway.

Bellona Norwegian based organization working with environmental facts, information about energy and climate, atomic power and radioactivity, food and food production, waste and transport. 

Zero     Our vision: A modern world where carbon emissions cause no threat to nature and environment.

Future in Our Hands:

The Future in our hands (FIOH) is Norway’s largest movement for comprehensive social change.


Medicinal microsensors

Monday, October 20th, 2008
  • Robotpill: you eat it and it travels through your intestines looking for trouble. Has a camera and can perform biopsies.
  • Miniaturized flowsensor to measure flow of medicines into your body from reservoir implants or from the outside. Can measure 1/1000000 of a litre! Morphine for  cancerpasients, insulin for diabetes etc.
  • Ultrasound pictures from inside your veins to warn of coming heartattacks. Many measurements as well.
  • Polymer chip with small channels for diagnostics of cancer and other illnesses. Makes a pattern of positive indicators. 
“Microsystems and Nanotechnology: Microsystems are miniaturised systems that connect the physical and the digital world. A microsystem typically consists of a sensor that registers details of the environment, a processing unit and an actuator that initiates activity based on the measurements. Nano technology is often utilized inside microsystems for increased functionality and performance.”

Micro cameras

Monday, October 20th, 2008

New standard MICRO established for small cameras with interchangeable lenses (Olympus, Panasonic, Leica). Smaller cameras with smaller lenses than SLR. Progress of technology should lead to satisfactory cameras without SLR?

Nanotech companies

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Today there are 600 companies contending to have nanoproducts on the market. This seeems to be nanotechnology in its simplest, most passive form, but it is a start. Nanotechnology is used in carwax, window cleaning fluids, textile protection, UV-filter in sunshades, carwindow protection…..

Many more will come – increasingly advanced.

Book: Eric Drexler The engines of creation 1986

Future scenarios

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

”Forum for the future” has made tentative scenarios for the future:

The climate changes will twist the economy in many ways – some of which will be unpleasant.

There will be not only physical considerations, but psychic and social changes as well.

History will judge us: heroes that solved the problems or villains that let things slide?

Technological innovation could be massive or not: CO2 emissions will become very expensive, nobody has cars anymore, you rent or travel collectively, Sahara will be green due to desalination technology, power generation from tide or waves, large areas will be depopulated due to lack of water,

Olympics will be virtual with billions of spectators.

Global development will make people have moderate lifestyle focusing on well-being and quality of life. We work only 25 hours, spending additional 10 hours doing voluntary work.

The environmental crisis has not been solved, price of oil is over 400 dollars, refugees are moving near the poles, energy is quota-based…

What do we want – can we have a positive development?

Can good eating habits and exercise reduce the risk of cancer?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Do the red meats, white flour and soft drinks toxify your body, while little or no exercise makes it even worse? Can the bad cells be tamed by manipulations of their environment?

There seems to be only slight evidence in favour. This is from experiments done on cells in culture, sometimes from studies of mice with cancer, and occasionally from small studies on actual human beings. For none is there the kind of data that would support the licensing of a new drug.

The positives encompass the antioxidants, the good fats, the whole grains and the green teas. Have no sugar, but eat the omega-3s. The body fat in the obese creates a giant repository of fat-soluble carcinogens. Further adopt a diet heavy on cabbage, berries and dark chocolate.

Extracts of garlic, onions and leeks will demolish all kinds of cancer cells in a culture. But once the leek is chewed, swallowed, demolished by intestinal enzymes and absorbed into the blood are the molecules likely to kill cancer cells or engage in armed combat against cancer? 

SLRs with video capabilities

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Canon and Nikon are now introducing new SLRs.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II seems to be for professionals: 21,1 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, full HD video capture at 1920×1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip with HDMI viewing of stills and video. Improved image prosessor for speed and detail, reduced noise.

Nikon D90 is for the high end consumer with 12,3 megapixel CMOS sensor. The D-Movie-function can record movies in JPEG-format. The picture sensor is large compared to a videocamera giving high quality pictures. The full range of lenses can be used for video!

Making climate change happen – the execution and follow up

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

To move forward there must be an agreed upon set of facts describing the situation: What is happening? What are the facts and numbers? Who makes the numbers? Who is monitoring the situation?

International and national cooperation – strategy, agreements, laws, institutions, mechanisms

Plan of action: International projects, research necessary and coordination, national projects, time horizon, execution, follow-up

Consideration: National politics involved, effect of changes in governments, continuity, political motivation or professional motivation, roles for idealists and politicians, combination with development assistance, …..

Mainstream commentary is confused. There are few authorities, and discussions are often either restricted to scientific topics, or political or economic implications alone. 

Is it possible to have an internationally coordinated plan of action? 

Energy companies – links

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Climate changes must be handled now (by the rich countries)!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It seems the global warming is happening faster than expected. This is especially clear for the poor and people living on islands: 1 billion people in 100 countries. Dry land agriculture, tropical forests, fishing are affected. We see eroding coastlines, pests spreading and erratic weather patterns. The carbon footprints of these nations themselves are tiny. The biggest contribution these countries can make is through tropical forest conservation, which was excluded from the Kyoto agreement.

Private and public sector projects are starting: cleaning up degraded forest, selling new insurance to guard against climate change, consultancy on cutting footprints.

New taxes are introduced with proceeds going to climate and poverty projects. Rights to pollute are sold under cap-and-trade arrangements, later also in the US. 

The handling of climate change is becoming a business.

The actual amounts are too small, and most rich countries are not fulfilling their promises. There are more problems than money. It seems the ideas about climate change are not clear yet.

The rich countries must do more: they should be made to pay more, international law should force the rich to pay for the climate change they cause!

We need better agreements and international laws, better figures, better understanding, more money coming from the rich countries.

The first climate agreement was signed in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, in 2008 we had the Kyoto agreement covering some of the industrial countries – not the USA – which is expiring in 2012. Next year we have  a meeting in Copenhagen to enter into a new agreement.  The politics involved are difficult!