Monthly Archives: July 2012

From wood to plastic – new technologies

This morning’s NHK News featured a story on the opening of a factory which can produce plastic from wood (in Japanese) bypassing the need to use petroleum, the usual resource for its production.

This could be the start of the decline of our reliance on oil but it is still early days yet. The production is labour intensive and costly for now but it is a start.

World Population Day

Today is World Population Day.

Theme this year is Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services and it is part of the Millenium Development Goals for 2015.

Ancient fuel

Friend: So, did you read the story about moss surviving on poo from 8,000 years ago?

Me: That’s nothing. Man has been surviving on dead things that’s 650 million years old!