Sunlight is energy and it is for free!
Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at just $21.85 per square foot. That, they claim is nearly 20 percent cheaper than a normal roof once you factor in the energy savings and tax credits. Well, almost there – do it without tax credits and then we are there but OK for tax credits to get started.
At least, someone has finally grasped that making a conventional tiled roof, and then retro-fitting solar panels is little short of insane suicide. We have the technology to make a roof out of solar panels and we should never, from this day on, ever make another conventional roof.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 18 January 2019
Readers will be aware of the frustrations of regulation which I sometimes refer to in this blog and, of course, of their own experience. However, I came across an new one (to me at least) this morning; my local County Council’s “Behaviours framework” – all 12 pages of it, plus several other similar sites for the same Council.
I am sad for my nation; we have come to an over-regulated, uninformed bureaucracy, consuming enormous manpower and resources with avoiding making a mistake or being thought to have made a mistake, this producing less “bangs for our bucks”. The words “respect” and “common sense” appear to have been lost in education by parents and schools. If each and every one of use began to practice these two words in what we do every day towards actually doing something productive, we, individually and nationally, would not only have a sense of direction and be much more productive, we would all be happier and better off. Allowing lawyers to advertise was a disaster.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 9th January 2019
A more drill with cutting disc, seed coulter just behind the disk to clear trash from the slit and place the seed, independent suspension depth wheel to giive good seed-soil contact. As close as you can get to zero till without broadcasting.
The more I think about it, the more i realise that farming has a big, very big, maybe the biggest part to play in arresting global warming.
- Compost urban wastes and plough them in deep.
- The green leaf captures Carbon dioxide and gives back the Oxygen. No man-made process does that.
- About half the dry matter content of the crop is in the root system but that will oxidise away by cultivation at around 35 % per annum – so keep it there not just by not just direct drilling but zero till.
Only farmers and foresters can do this!
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 6 January 2019
The morning of 2 Jan 19 over Heathrow.
To all my readers, may I wish you a Happy New Year and a long, comfortable future.
The picture above was taken shortly after sunrise and shows contrails of jets over-flying Heathrow. Note not to Heathrow, over Heathrow, going somewhere else. I counted 47 contrails. Each jet would have from 40 to 70 tonnes of fuel at take off. This is a tine fraction of what is happening globally, every minute of every day.
There is an old Apache saying; “The land is a mother that never dies”. Not if we care for it like this. If you want a long life, we had better stop this burning of fossilised fuels asap.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 2 Jan 19
Carbon Capture without giving us the Oxygen back would be a disaster.
It is in the nature of humans to look for the latest gismo, preferably with bells and whistles and girls dancing. Therefore the perceived “holy grail” of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is to take the flue gases from burning oil, coal and lignite, and put it down a deep hole and leave it there. So far, nobody has done this on a commercial scale successfully. If people don’t like shale gas exploration and the pressures used in “fracking”, CCS might be worse with the pressures involved and potential for catastrophic leakage. There is also a problem in that this route locks up the Oxygen and some living creatures might find that a bit difficult.
So, what answer is under our noses? It is called the green leaf. Green growth takes Carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and gives us the Oxygen back. Only farmers and foresters can do this. So, support them and stop building on land that will support green leaves. The alternative, according to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is likely to be catastrophic.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 15 December ‘18
The summary of a new, detailed EU study is;
“Substantial health gains can be achieved from taking action to prevent climate change, independent of any future reductions in damages due to climate change. Some countries, such as China and India, could justify stringent mitigation efforts just by including health co-benefits in the analysis. Our results also suggest that the statement in the Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1·5°C could make economic sense in some scenarios and countries if health co-benefits are taken into account.”
What this means is that we will all be healthier and spend less on health if we sort out global warming – starting right now.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 9th December 18
And, published in 2009 by MX Publishing;
A fundamental component of reversing climate change is to recycle a wide range of urban wastes to farm land,
Less concrete, more compost, less mineral fertiliser
A serious problem with populist utterances (of which Donald Trump is the best example, maybe ever) is that they tend to over-simplify answers to complex problems. I refer specifically to climate change. What Trump does is appeal to the masses about protection of jobs and, in the short run, he may have a point, especially if he chooses to ignore the jobs being created in renewable energy. (In the USA, there are now more jobs in solar than in coal production.) If Mr Trump and others want a quick fix for climate change, recycling waste to farm and forestry land and locking up the Carbon as organic matter would be a good start. If the UK Environment Agency could also revert to previous regulation on composting which would allow a farm to start composting without spending £ hundreds of thousands on concrete, that would help the environment, too. (Concrete takes a lot of energy to manufacture and put in place and with good practice, concrete is not actually necessary for large scale composting. However, it will allow faster work with heavier equipment and a wider range of input materials.)
For more on “Only farmers can do this”, see “Survival”.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd. 5th December 2018