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IPCC Report – Game Over!

So, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out and it states that scientists are more than 90% certain that climate change is caused by our actions. Let’s think about that. That means that there is a 90% that taking no action now means we will continue to change the climate of the places where we live, change our rainfall, increase sea levels, cause more violent storms and have all the fun of summer temperatures that will make the heatwaves of 2003 seem pleasant in comparison. Most people take out household insurance despite the fact that there is only a much less than 1% chance of anything happening. If you went to the insurance companies and asked to be insured against climate change they wouldn’t do it.

So what are you waiting for? Take personal responsibility for your own actions now. Don’t wait for the politicians – they’re far more concerned about the next election than they are about what will happen in the next fifty years. Lets force the poliuticians to put in place the conditions to reduce global warming AND encourage investment in green technologies. It can be done, and all we have to do is actually think about our actions for a change.

Oh, and if you’re not sure if the science is certain, don’t listen to the media. Particularly not if you live in Washington D.C. Download the report and read it for yourself. It’s only 22, relatively accessible pages and can be downloaded from the BBC here.

My new car – Toyota Prius

One of the coolest tech toys on the planet. The Hybrid Synergy Drive equipped Toyota Prius – half petrol – half electric powered – uses a combination of batteries, electrical motor/generator, and regenerative braking to drastically reduce fuel consumption in a full sized and fully equipped saloon car. My new car looks just like this. It appeals to the geek in me – driving utterly silently in electric-only mode at 130 km/h quietly enough that I can hear the power steering going round corners or just gliding silently round a car park. All this, 0-100km/h in 10.9 seconds and the fuel economy is better than most 1.0 litre small cars. I have never had so much fun being green and saving money 🙂