Iran, ‘according to’ The New York Times…

I was considering doing a series of posts generally titled ‘according to…’ where i’ll scan a newspaper clipping of a prominent news story or interesting event. Instead of lots of waffle from yours truly, i’ll just give a very brief explanation of what I thought stood out of the featured article, maybe using the technique developed by the Achitects Journal where a highlighted section of text is used in place of traditional ‘quotes’.

But, this being me, my creative energy is greater than my implementing energy, meaning things just get left in ‘drafts’ or in notebooks, without the time or energy to finish them off or bring them to life! Claire calls me ‘half-job’! Charming. : )

So, here is the the first ‘according to’ post, without my opinions – Facing the Prospect of a Nuclear Iran, by David E. Sanger, writing in the New York Times.

A very well written article which neatly sums up many of the relevant issues. This is a story to watch and could shape the next generation of Middle East relations.



World Carbon emissions go down…!

Finally, world carbon emissions have gone down (2008-2009)!! It’s only 0.1% but it’s a solid start (particularly looking at the European countries). Everything has been shifted towards China and India, but the western industrialised countries are showing some significant shifts.

Of course, all of these countries have just been effectively exporting their carbon footprints to China for years, which is why we see the shifts, but there is now a global focus on the issue.

China is greening fast in some ways and now has a massive alternative energy industry. If more political and social pressure can be directed towards China, things might shift some more. But, China is industrialising at a time of awareness of global warming, whereas Europe has already done this.

To expect the people of China and India to not want to take advantage of all the benefits of industrialisation is not just unrealistic, it’s unfair. They want all the things which we take for granted, but which are also carbon heavy (cars, gadgets, holidays abroad, central heating, supermarket food, power, fridge-freezers, sewers and treatment facilities etc etc). Advanced renewable technologies will be the route to a cleaner world.

See the full size pdf image of the graphic: US Energy Information Administration 2008-09

See also a Guardian article about lowering of emissions. It’s looking quite positive, even if all the countries can’t agree on a solid way forward! There’s more data and knowledge on the issues than ever before and the renewable energy sector is starting to finally establish itself.