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The Big Wobble

For this to make sense, you need to see something best demonstrated with a racket-like object — pingpong paddle or such.  However, a paperback book with the pages rubber-banded shut will work.  Spin it like a record on a turn-table and it does what you expect.  Spin it around the handle (or the long axis … Continue reading

Tricities Green Drinks presentation Oct. 28th, 2015

Green Drinks is a national organization that gets people together each month over drinks to talk about Green developments in the community.  Kyle Meister runs the Tricities chapter, and he is rotating us through each town.  Last month was in Johnson City. This month, I will be presenting an overview of the various Green Technology … Continue reading

Earth Day – April 22 or the March Equinox

We celebrate Earth Day as if Mother Earth was a person, sometimes called Gaia, worth recognizing. This analogy between the interconnected ecosystems of the Earth and person is actually a pretty good one. We have many internal systems in dynamic equilibrium, that is to say, held in place between a balance of forces. We get … Continue reading

Arithmetic, Population, and Energy

This talk by Dr. Al Bartlett is both a lesson in simple consequences of growth rates, and a discussion of historic consumption of resources such as petroleum, coal, and space.  It’s an hour and a quarter, but it kept me riveted.  It is clear that humankind’s situation is far worse than we’ve been led to believe by … Continue reading

Appropriate Religious Response to Climate Change

A quote: “Climate change is the gravest danger facing humanity today. We are already experiencing its effects — rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, species extinction — but the potential effects of climate change are even more devastating. And while climate change affects all of us, its consequences will be felt most profoundly by the most … Continue reading

Our Herbal Irritant

Here at MOI Labs, we’re trying to find better, greener alternatives to the way things are done now.  One biggie is the use of very strong herbicides, some persistant and get into your garden compost, some that kill bees and other beneficial insects. There is a recipe floating around the internet, which is mostly vinegar, … Continue reading

Environmental Crisis

Scientists and the media have been batting around all kinds of doomsday scenarios from global warming to asteroid strikes.  Let me throw out another one that I haven’t heard people focus on.  I first threw this idea out in my book “People of the Red Tide”, a middle-shool work of fiction about an environmentally concerned whale, … Continue reading

Elevator Speech

Everybody that is trying to promote anything, be it a business or a point of view, needs to have a very short reply to the question “what do you do”?   This is called an elevator speech because you have someone’s attention for about the time of the elevator ride, and if you haven’t hooked … Continue reading

Veggie, Vegan, or Green?

This blog is inspired by an article in the May 2014 National Geographic titled “The New Food Revolution”.  It’s about how we might hope to feed the 2 billion additional souls we expect the planet to support by 2050.  I’ll give you the raw scores first, then the commentary. In the USA we eat about 18% … Continue reading

Where is this COLD coming from?

Not a few bloody noses have apparently resulted for snide comments made about Global Warming in the presence of normally peace-loving environmentalists with cabin fever from the cold.  Everybody is too cold to think all this through – let me give you my two cents. I’ve said elsewhere that I think the phrase “Global Warming” … Continue reading

The Algae Story

During my work on oil sources for biodiesel production, and later attending the 2013 Algae Biomass Summit in Florida, I have learned a lot about Algae.  I will repost some general information from my Facebook stream at the bottom of this note for those interested. There is a lot done with algae, but current limitations … Continue reading

The Lignin Story

Okay, today our Kickstarter effort expires, so at a minimum I owe our supporters there a full-context overview of our Lignin status. Lignin is the cell walls of the wood that is left over after they extract the cellulose fibers for paper making.  350 billion pounds a year are produced, and it’s burned up into … Continue reading

Coral and Greenhouse Gases

One alarm being sounded is that as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere grows, it dissolves at higher concentrations in the oceans, dropping pH, and dissolving coral reefs, which are mostly calcium carbonate. Increasing the dissolved CO2 generates acid, yes, but it generates carbonate (and bicarbonate) ions in exactly the same proportion.  Dissolving coral or seashells … Continue reading