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The name(s) used by our pet troll bring to mind the Beddington Zero Energy Development in Sutton, London: BedZED for short. It was a flagship of green development but reality has been rather different:
> The biomass wood chip boiler (biomass gasifier) is no longer in operation and the back up power source, a gas boiler, is now used.
> The downdraft wood chip gasifier CHP (combined heat and power) had reliability problems due to technical failures and the intermittent schedule of operation (no night time operation) imposed by the local authority.
> The 'Living Machine' water recycling facility had been unable to clean the water sufficiently. The cost of the facility also made it unviable. (They called in Thames Water for a conventional system).
> The passive heating from the sunspaces had been insufficient for comfort in winter and created overheating in summer.
> Plans to create allotments in an adjacent field had failed.

It seems that the ZED in Bed is indeed......

(Apologies for rattling the cage but the irony is too good to miss)

Nov 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Registered Commentermikeh

Johanna, that's another great talk by Ridley, thanks. Here's the direct link to the Catallaxy thread: Matt Ridley at the IPA, November 2013.

Watch out for a brilliant presentation by Professor Hans Rosling which the BBC broadcast here in Bishland last week, on world population. It's not on the i-player anymore but hopefully it will get on the web somehow. There are some clips here:

Don't Panic - the Truth about World Population, BBC This World, November 2013.

Nov 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

Re my post below about Matt Ridley's lecture - it was the Kemp memorial lecture that he was brought here for, which one or two commenters complained about about because it was at an expensive, fund-raising dinner.

Well, here it is, for free. It is well worth a listen, especially for anyone who is an optimist about the future. Unlike Bryony's recent "little accident", it is well researched and carefully thought out. As a biologist, he draws interesting parallels between biology and economic behaviour, without ever going near the junk science that is now called "evolutionary biology". He discusses economics, politics and science without hectoring or proselytising. And he's not in the least bit dull.

He is worth at least of 10 of Bryony et al, and you are lucky to have him.

Nov 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Tom Chivers in the Telegraph is somewhat conflicted: he still laps up the IPCC's climate delusion:

The world has indeed become significantly warmer – and the latest research shows that most of the extra heat has been ploughed into the oceans (hence the erroneous claims, based on surface temperatures, of a “pause” in warming).

So thanks to Tom we now have a name for the mysterious oceanic heat transfer process which the consensus now rely on to explain the 15-17 year pause - "the Massey Ferguson effect". But at least Tom is beginning to get the message that eradicating poverty by economic development is the best solution to minimising fatalities from extreme weather (or seismic) events:

The trouble is that this brings with it uncomfortable dilemmas. At the moment, increased economic activity means increased carbon emissions. China and India’s recent development was largely powered by coal; that helped drag them up the development ladder, but contributed greatly to the warming of the planet.

For all the concerns of the climate change purists, the price might – in the short to medium term – be worth paying. Typhoon Haiyan was not caused by climate change, as far as we can tell. But the devastation it left was caused by poverty and underdevelopment. That, at least, is something we can help to fix.

Source: Nature sent a cyclone – man made it worse.

Nov 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

If anyone wants to see Matt Ridley's latest presentation in Australia, here it is:

http://catallaxyfiles.com/

Scroll down to "Matt Ridley at the IPA."

Nov 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Mike Jackson
I'll have to stop using the iPad when out and about, I was commenting on what the favourite poster here said about hand waving to your link to the Tim Ball article. It had the ring of a 12 year old and all that was missing was "so there". The Bishop has removed the hand waving comment now.

Sorry for confusing the issue.

Nov 15, 2013 at 7:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

From the cupboard of you couldn't make it up

Pope Francis hangs out with anti fracking activists

Will Graham Linehan resucitate the sages of Craggy Island - will Fathers Jack and Dougal pronounce on the subject?

I was only being flippant a few weeks back about The Environment Agency insisting all fracking water be the holy stuff - now it looks like there might be an opportunity for Lourdes...

this is getting weird

Nov 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Geoff Shorten

you have to give Harriban his due - he peppers his output with this sort of stuff so he's got a safety net - he's not as dim as Black Dick was - he's a pro - mendacious, conniving and then some. High time he went off to be sustainable somewhere else....

Nov 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Just watched Harrabin on the BBC saying we shouldn't call it 'more acidic', but 'less alkaline', then less than a minute later calling it 'more acidic' ?!

Nov 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeoff Shorten

Can Paul McCartney save the day for the Greenpeace activists?

(See my reply to Daniel Beilinson a few minutes ago.)

Nov 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

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