A day and a life

That was an interesting cycle to work. At set of traffic lights I passed a car that was rolling along the wrong side of the road with a woman running after it. I got off my bike and saw that there was an elderly man unconscious in the driver’s seat and an elderly women very distressed beside him. Some other people came over and there was a bit of milling about with one person on the phone to the emergency services but no one actually checking out the driver.

So I leant in and started to have a look. He gave a rattling sigh and his head slumped forward. He was drooling slightly. I took his wrist and felt for a pulse. Nothing. I took the other wrist. Nothing. I checked up in his neck. Nothing. I checked the other side of his neck. Nothing. I put my head on his chest. Nothing. I put my hand on his diaphragm. Nothing. No movement. I put my hand over his nose and mouth. Nothing. Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Don’t worry (if you worry about North American energy supplies) – there is enough fossil fuels in shales to move the USA to energy security within the next few decades.

Meanwhile, if significant actions to reduce carbon emissions are not taken soon, then we may be locked into a 4 degrees Celsius increase before this century is out – the consequences of which would be particularly dire for developing nations.

These two reports, a couple of weeks apart in the same newspaper provide a nice summary as to the scale of the challenge before us. Those that contribute most to this particular problem are largely disconnected from the impacts of this problem. When there is an absence of feedback, when there are no consequences for a particular action, then what reasons are there to change the particular action? Writing polite letters hasn’t been particularly effective thus far.

A false dawn?

“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,”

“Our climate is changing… and while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Bloomberg cites concerns over climate change as one of the reasons he is endorsing Obama rather than Romney. In fact the title of his Op Ed piece is “A vote for a president to lead on climate change.” This comes just after the Republican Governor of New Jersey gave effusive and repeated praise of Obama and cited the importance of climate change.