India petchem hubs – no chance!

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The long-contemplated attempt to build integrated petchem hubs in India, complete with shared utilities and strong investment incentives – aka China and Singapore – now seems even more of a hopeless pipe dream.

This follows the decision by Tata Motors …

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Do you ever get that sinking feeling?

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I am afraid I do when it comes to climate change and, as a result, don’t always switch off lights when I leave rooms, don’t always say no to unnecesssary plastic bags when I buy anything and will happily (and …

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Gustav points to a much bigger problem

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The good news on the radio as I came into work this morning was that Hurricane Gustav had weakened in intensity with forecasts that it might make landfall in the US with wind speeds of less than had been earlier …

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“Reports of my death……

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are greatly exaggerated” wrote Mark Twain who twice had the misfortune (or perhaps good fortune, given that he was still breathing!) to read his obituary in newspapers.

A full list of all those whose deaths were reported prematurely is included …

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Can I have those coconuts, please?

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This article, by David Strahan, author of The Last Oil Shock, says that it would take three million coconuts to power one flight from London to Amsterdam on 100% biofuels.

Some of the comments posted at the end of this …

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Liveris gets liverish on energy

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Great stuff from the big boss of Dow Chemical in this article from USA Today.

Gems from the interview include “corn-based ethanol, one of the dumbest ideas of all time” and “the whole hydrogen (fuel cell) approach is dumb.”

He …

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The danger of bogus science

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Believing what you want to believe (or pretending to believe in something because it’s in your commercial interests) has always been a problem.

But the stakes have never been higher than in the case of climate change. To yet again …

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I’ve got ten of these

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A report by the Hay Group on world pay, surprise surprise, concludes that the Middle East tops the world in terms of disposable income because of the region’s economic boom and the absence of income tax.

This has serious implications …

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Even the goldfish will get it

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Another great article in The New Scientist talks about a new system for mapping much more precisely the impact of climate change on eco-systems.

Designed by The Nature Conservancy, the system – linked with Google Maps – will enable conservationists …

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