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Straight from the Spout – Oct 2011


Professor Ian Plimer, a member of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide and a joint member of the School of Civil Environmental and Mining Engineering, has written a book titled Heaven and Earth as well as many scientific papers about climate change and the role of volcanoes.

Plimer says the volcanic eruption in Iceland spewing volcanic ash took only four days to negate every single effort we have made in the past five years to control C02 emissions on our planet. He goes on to sympathise with us when we realise that all the carbon emissions savings we accomplished went down the tubes in just four days. So, after suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving a hybrid car, buying fabric grocery bags, getting rid of all our non-green cleaning agents, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in the toilet tank reservoir, selling the SUV and speedboat, replacing all our cheap light bulbs with those expensive energy savers and all the other things we have done, we back to square one.

“Just think,’ says Plimer, “there are around 200 volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time everyday. Bush fire season across western US and Australia this year alone negates our efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years, and this happens every year,’ says Plimer.

fw-sprout-1The story of Toto’s Bio-bike is not only sensationally ingeniously innovative but is also for real. Allen Brooks of PPHD alerted FuelWatch to this amazing story and it can be verified on the Toto Japan website. Toto, arguably the world’s largest plumbing equipment manufacturer, has launched a three-wheel motorcycle powered by human waste. The bike runs on biogas converted from human faeces harvested directly from the driver who sits on the toilet-styled seat. Toto has a campaign to reduce bathroom C02 emissions by 50% by 2017 in line with the Kyoto climate treaty. Note the large white roll behind the driver’s seat. A jumbo toilet roll? , Possibly

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