Friday, May 05, 2006

Confidential report predicts global warming.


According to a UN weather report that was leaked earlier this week, the UN weather experts predict a grim future for our planet.

By the year 2050 the temperature will have risen 3 degrees Celsius, it is still too early to say if it is caused by emission of green house gasses, or if it’s a result of the ever changing climate of the planet.

The rise in the world’s temperature will to begin with cause floods and draughts. It will also be the source of warmer oceans which in the end will feed larger and more violent hurricanes, making hurricanes like Katrina a common thing.

After a while, the increased temperature will have caused a significant melting of ice in the Polar Regions. This will not only be the end of many unique animals in those regions, but it will also cause a drop in the salinity of the oceans around the poles.

A drop in salinity will slow the Gulf Stream down, and in time, this will cause a drop in the ocean temperature that will be the start of a new ice age in northern Europe.

This may be the biggest challenge or threat to face mankind ever.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Russia on ethanol


Russia is planning on opening a new factory that produces bioethanol, the factory is scheduled to begin production in 2007 and have an annual output of 300.000 tons of pure ethanol produced from 900.000 tones of grains.

It is the plan to sell this product to the European market who is currently experimenting on mixing gasoline with bioethanol.

Bioethanol is spirits gained from plant materials like wheat grains, and it is CO2 neutral. This means that it does not produce more CO2 than it would if it was left to rot in the fields. Furthermore, - The CO2 created by the plant material is equalized by the amount of greenhouse gas which the plant absorbs while growing.

Bioethanol can be mixed in gasoline in a 90/10 ratio (90 pct gasoline and 10 pct ethanol) thereby reducing the world consumption of gasoline by 10 %. It can also be used to replace the gasoline additive MTBE which is a major water pollutant.

The initiative by Russia is a small victory for grain producers, the environment, world oil and gas prices and to the world as a whole. It brings is one step close to ending our oil addiction.

Let us hope that this new factory will help as an eye-opener and make ethanol in gasoline popular.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Google in top gear.

According to the Financiel Times, Google have become the second most popular place to work among MBA graduates. This helps to manifest Google as one of the most powerful IT companies in the world and there seems to be no stopping them.
Among common internet users, Google is the helpful tool which is used by them on a daily basis, on work and at home. It is a company that a regular internet user does not give much thought, the design of their page gives of an impression af a rather simple and modest company. In fact Google is a giant. It shapes the internet, and is big enough to influence mighty microsoft.
It has gone from beeing just a part of the internet, to being one of the blocks on which the net rests.
By introducing the "Google earth" it became more than a search engine. It became a tool. It will be rather interresting to see what the future holds for Google, and what they will use their influenze on.
Read more about Googles new position as the second most popular company at www.ft.com