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Energy subsidies should focus on storage and cutting demand, MPs say - BBC News
The committee said the government should redesign the capacity market to encourage energy storage, which ranges from lithium batteries to pumping water uphill and releasing it through turbines when power is needed.
This technology could save billions of pounds for consumers, it said.
Ministers should also consider a subsidy system to speed up the deployment of storage, given its importance for storing and using power from renewable energy to make the most of the clean technology.
energy  policy  UK  Smart  Grid  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  carbon  pollution  Hinkley  Point  C  greenhouse  gases  renewable  storage  system 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's nuclear kow towing to China will cost UK households £30bn - YouTube
Greenpeace "most expensive object on earth" // even the economist says it is more logical/common sense to invest 15bn over 20 years into renewables and smart grid. // EDF says price is competitive, ehrm sorry, EDF was only one willing to take risk (bidders got out of race one by one) they themselves had internal strive // half truth of former energy sec (lib dem) and osborne/cameron gov that it is good value for money to keep lights on ... yes as is, but not if you invest ~20bn over 20 yrs in smart grid and renewables, stupid. which bring jobs across UK, not just Hinkley Region! duh! //&! http://econ.st/2cTLc5J (politics before economics and common sense) &! http://bit.ly/2cGfCoz //&! history of said reactor promises to invite cost overrun and years of delays. means energy price remains higher compared to Germany thus industry uncompetitive ("March of Makers").
energy  policy  Hinkley  Point  C  price  security  Smart  Grid  renewable  underinvestment  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  austerity  Amber  Rudd  FDI  nuclear  waste  power  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  competitive  competitiveness 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Ray Kurzweil: The world isn't getting worse — our information is getting better - GeekWire
People think the world is getting worse. … That’s the perception. What’s actually happening is our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you’d never even hear about it. Now there’s an incident halfway around the globe and we not only hear about it, we experience it.
24/7  News  Cycle  Social  Media  Internet  smart  phone  mobile  homescreen 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Atomenergy/Atommuell - "Gesellschaftspolitisch ist das ein gigantischer Griff ins Klo, diese Technologie!"
https://www.facebook.com/monitor.wdr/videos/1111857878853151/

- "Gesellschaftspolitisch ist das ein gigantischer Griff ins Klo, diese Technologie!" - kein Endlager in sicht. Also plant man bis 2110, das irgenwie in eine sichere Halle abzustellen.
nuclear  power  nuclear  waste  Hinkley  Point  C  Germany  UK  France  renewable  energy  Smart  Grid  energy  storage  system 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
ARM chip designer to be bought by Japan's Softbank
ARM-Who? bbc.in/29OUgUM //&! 43% premium // on.recode.net/29On8LK - One key question is whether other firms will let SoftBank purchase ARM or if there will be a bidding war. Apple, arguably ARM’s most important client, and Intel, which lost the mobile chip war to ARM, are both potential buyers. The offer is already a generous multiple. As the FT notes, it’s some 70 times ARM’s net income last year. That’s around the same price-to-earnings ratio as Facebook stock. //&! politicians grasping for a positive headline - bit.ly/29OyjUD - bit.ly/2an8nk6 &! bit.ly/29PpN7N &! bit.ly/29ODbdM << calling a takeover/M&A an investment is criminal. Softbank will extract value out of it for its shareholders. What else?! &! Labeling Softbank as a japanese company; bbc.in/29OhqdK &! Vince Cable worried - bbc.in/2a3c95T &! youtu.be/T4IZdNW-e5U :: M&A is not investment, stupid! misleading people.
M&A  SoftBank  Capital  shareholder  value  shareholder  capitalism  dividends  smart  phone  IoT  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  equity  bubble  distortion  hunt  for  yield  ARM  Venture  Capital  ROI  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  technological  unemployment  research  R&D  productive  investment  Intel  Apple 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's cabinet: Who's in and who's out?
http://bit.ly/29FttLT //&! Putting the industry back into departmental business. The British trade ministry’s latest incarnation seems like a message to the manufacturing base that this government might give it a thought - bit.ly/29yzdIU //&! Theresa May has executed a brutal clear-out of the Cameron-Osborne era. But it’s brave to make so many backbench enemies with a parliamentary majority of 12 - bit.ly/29RL3gx //&! Theresa May has promoted women. But she’s a Tory first and a feminist second - bit.ly/29HP0nd - No one should doubt that she wants to improve the lives of women from less fortunate backgrounds. But make no mistake: our new prime minister is a Conservative first, and a feminist second.
Theresa  May  industrial  policy  Manufacturing  energy  policy  energy  price  energy  security  Hinkley  Point  C  renewable  energy  Smart  Grid 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Technological Unemployment (2013) w Jacque Fresco
wikipedia Jacque Fresco // MORE AI, automation, robotics, augmented intelligence, self-driving cars = LESS AGGREGATE DEMAND (disposable income of the middle class, working class & working poor) [...] productivity has risen but incomes NOT! [...] & companies are making more money for shareholders & owners with less & less people (see Facebook) [...] Industry doesnt care abt people. They hire people because it hasnt been yet automated. [...] A JOBLESS RECOVERY & JOBLESS GDP GROWTH [...] routine middle class jobs eliminated fastest! [...] pace of destruction is greater than pace of creation of new jobs! [...] ie Lawyer Software searching through files via augmented intelligence //&! Humans Need Not Apply - youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU //&! Jerry Kaplan ((re)distribute wealth more equally - youtu.be/JiiP5ROnzw8), Rifkin (Zero Marginal Cost), Paul Mason (post-capitalism) book //&! UBI a must in future - youtu.be/WMF-Z74C1QE &! youtu.be/mEV-kAjtm9U &! youtu.be/9pdU_Rkwzes
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Ofgem approves Scotland-Norway power cable
The developers plan to build a £1.3bn power cable between Boddam in Aberdeenshire and Eidfjord in Norway.
The project aims to link hydro power from Norway with wind energy from Scotland.
It is scheduled to start operating from 2022.
NorthConnect have said that the cable will have a capacity of 1.4GW - about 25% of Scottish peak demand.
UK  Scotland  Smart  Grid  renewable  energy  green  energy  energy  security  energy  price  energy  storage 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders | Business | The Guardian
the breakdown was deeply troubling. What it showed was an economy unhealthily reliant on consumer spending. Real household spending was up 0.7% on the quarter and added 0.5 percentage points to the growth rate. In other words, the other components of growth – investment, trade and government spending – contributed -0.1 points to growth during the first three months of the year. [...] drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. //&! bit.ly/1RjxDnh - Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot. Ha-Joon Chang. The neglect of manufacturing and over-development of the financial sector is the cause of the economy’s decline, not fear of leaving the EU
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Big solar is heading for boom times in the US - Vox
In 2007, there were zero utility-scale solar power plants in the US. Today there are hundreds, ranging from the 579 MW Solar Star project (the world's largest solar farm) in California down to dozens upon dozens of 10, 20, and 50 MW projects in communities across the country. (SEIA counts 2,100 solar PV projects over 1 MW.)
solar  energy  energy  storage  smart  grid  energy  security  energy  price 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
#24 Naomi Klein by How To Be Amazing
// absolute power corrupts on both sides of the isle; private and gov
Naomi  Klein  book  writing  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  carbon  tax  community  Smart  Grid  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  materialism 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Store more energy in water', says Scottish Power - BBC News
Scottish Power is planning to double the size of its hydro-electric power plant which creates and stores energy. It says the UK will need much more energy storage capacity as renewables increase on the National Grid. It says it can add 400 megawatts (MW) of on-demand electricity by building a new dam in front of the existing dam. But it says the £300-£400m cost is prohibitive unless it can get a guaranteed floor price for its use from the government. In return, Scottish Power says it will accept a cap on profits.
energy  price  energy  policy  energy  storage  energy  security  Smart  Grid  subsidies  subsidizing  renewable  energy 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Erdgas: So will Europa unabhängig von Putins Russland werden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ähnlich frei wie Litauen soll sich bald ganz Europa fühlen. Derzeit sind viele EU-Mitgliedstaaten noch stark von den russischen Lieferungen abhängig. Mit einem Marktanteil von rund 40 Prozent ist Russland noch immer der mit Abstand größte Gaslieferant der EU. Doch nun hat die EU-Kommission nach Informationen von SPIEGEL ONLINE zentrale Infrastrukturprojekte definiert, durch die bald jeder EU-Staat sein Gas aus mehreren Ländern beziehen können soll. [...] Modellrechnungen zeigten, dass die angestrebten Projekte "echte Gassicherheit und Wettbewerb" in den gesamten EU-Markt brächten, heißt es in dem Entwurf aus Brüssel. Die Projekte sollen deshalb über EU-Mittel gefördert werden. Zwischenstaatliche Energieabkommen und selbst Lieferverträge einzelner Unternehmen [ strike price ] will die Kommission künftig vorab prüfen. [...] Nordstream-Pipeline
energy  security  energy  price  Smart  Grid  renewable  energy  EEG  Umlage  shale  gas  gas  Russia  Oil  price  fracking  energy  storage  infrastructure  investment  nuclear  power  strike  price  Germany  foreign  policy  sanctions 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
From liquid air to supercapacitators, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough | Environment | The Guardian
Banks of batteries and other technologies could lower energy bills and help renewable power, says energy storage industry as it gears up for bumper year
Smart  Grid  energy  storage  energy  price  energy  policy  renewable  energy  energy  storage  system 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Harald Welzer: Unsere Freiheit ist bedroht, Sternstunde Philosophie vom 29.03.2015 - YouTube
"Wir der Konsumer sind das eigentliche produkt, das Firmen kaufen." [...] dieses system ist totalitaer. hat elemente von totalitarismus. [...] was bedeutet es fuer eine gesellschaft wenn das private verschwindet? [...] wir brauchen privats phaere, nicht offentlichen raum, fuer moderne buergerliche gesellschaft, [...] direkte einwirkung auf privates handeln "wenn man etwas nicht will das es nicht oeffentlich ist, soll man es nicht tun." [...] IoT ist neue welle, Industrie 4.0, wieder verlust der privatsphaere im haus [...] loss of autonomy - loss of decision making [...] man wehrt sich erst wenn man was erleidet, leidet [...]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Energy firms overcharging customers, says Ofgem - BBC News
Energy companies are "overcharging in many cases" with prices failing to fall in line with dropping wholesale costs, the industry's regulator has said. [...] Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, told the BBC that domestic gas and electricity prices should be cheaper "for the vast majority of people". Wholesale energy costs make up nearly half of a domestic bill, and have fallen by about a third in the last 12 to 18 months, he said. Yet, prices had not fallen, he added.
Consumer  Protection  squeezed  middle  class  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  utility  utilities  public  utility  Smart  Grid  crony  capitalism  capitalism 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
RWE: Aufsichtsrat gibt grünes Licht für Aufspaltung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
RWE macht einen radikalen Schnitt: Vorstandschef Terium bündelt die zukunftsfähigen Geschäftsfelder in einer Tochtergesellschaft und will diese an die Börse bringen. Nun hat der Aufsichtsrat den Plänen zugestimmt.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Half of £24bn nuclear reactor investment will go to overseas suppliers | Business | The Guardian
More than half of the £24bn expected to be spent on the first British nuclear reactors for two decades could go abroad to foreign suppliers, a leading UK academic and government adviser has warned. The issue is of extreme political sensitivity because George Osborne has already faced criticism for providing huge subsidies to Hinkley, which is being developed by EDF Energy of France.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21: UK under fire on climate policy - BBC News
Allegations of hypocrisy will be levelled at the UK when the Climate Secretary Amber Rudd appears at the Paris climate summit on Monday. [...] Most recently Mr Osborne scrapped a £1bn fund for a demonstration plant to capture CO2 from a power station and store it underground. It was a major pillar of UK climate policy. Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth said: "The government is totally hypocritical on climate change. "George Osborne's anti-environmental policy decisions on energy fly the opposite way to the low-carbon route the vast majority of other countries are pursuing. // also hypocrisy to cut renewable's and investment (increase future energy price, see Steel industry; wholesale price 1/3 higher than Germany, in Germany steel companies did not close shop. They complained too. but did not close shop.) and on the other hand say only austerity will strengthen economy and a strong economy guarantees a strong NHS.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies
The report from Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance analyzes the experiences of Germany, California and Texas, the world's fourth, eighth and 12th largest economies, respectively. It found, among other things, that Germany, which gets about half as much sunshine as California and Texas, nevertheless generates electricity from solar installations at a cost comparable to that of Texas and only slightly higher than in California. [...] "Our findings suggest that renewable energy has entered the mainstream and is ready to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change," [...] Germany's success in deploying renewable energy at scale is due largely to favorable treatment of "soft cost" factors such as financing, permitting, installation and grid access. This approach has allowed the renewable energy policies of some countries to deliver up to four times the average deployment of other countries, despite offering only half the financial incentives.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Is there a danger to environmental jargon? - BBC News
[ confusing the public, as with diet ] The United Nations is promising a "universal climate change agreement" when leaders from almost 200 countries meet in Paris. But is the jargon used in environmental discussions actually putting people off the subject rather than enthusing them?
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
National Grid gets back-up power supply - BBC News
Last month, the National Grid said gas supplies for the winter months were "comfortable", while electricity supplies were "manageable". It said the supply of electricity exceeded demand by 5.1%, but only after additional supplies had been secured, such as paying plants to remain on standby. This is the lowest rate in seven years. There have been some concerns expressed that the UK could suffer from blackouts as a result of short supplies, brought about in large part from the closure of a number of power stations that have come to the end of their working lives. Brian Strutton from the GMB union said: "The UK government and National Grid are far too complacent about the risks of widespread power blackouts." However, the National Grid and many experts have dismissed these concerns.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Cyber Security Expert Mikko Hyppönen Worries About Extremists With Computers | Re/code
Hypponen said hackers are moving from Europe to Syria, where officials worry they could launch attacks that shut down computer networks or damage critical infrastructure. He said the threat is so serious, a U.S. drone strike this summer targeted a British hacker who, U.S. and European officials said, had become a top cyber expert for the Islamic State in Syria. Authorities believe the hacker led the CyberCaliphate, a hacking group which in January attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
'I don't think Scunthorpe has a future' - BBC News
[ picking winners, when it suits them and gets them the headlines.. get your voice heared if you are big enough ] The cuts are being blamed by many on the Chinese 'dumping' cheap steel in the UK. But unions and Tata also point to high business rates and taxes, something the government has tried to tackle this week with a refund thought to be worth around £50m to the industry. // corporates continue to loot the state.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hacked! - Tech Weekly podcast by Guardian Tech Weekly
book - @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex3 Nov 2015 by Shane Harris // Doomsday Scenarios: breaking the internet, bringing down electricity grid, transportation/infrastructure, nuclear plant, manipulating digital money vault/value exchanges, << low probability - high impact >> distrust/lost trust.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nuclear Power: Burke on Hinkley Point, EDF and China - BBC News
Adds 1bn£ for consumers to energy bills, an expensive dogmatic folly by mercenaries. //&! UK energy wholesale energy price twice that of Germany - bbc.in/1PAKyWl //&! The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy wapo.st/1MEYF71 via https://redd.it/3pmorw // A highlight of Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China was the announcement of £2bn of Chinese investment for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. But critics point to progress at other EDF projects, and doubt the Somerset scheme can be built on time and on budget. In a personal film, the chairman of environmental think tank E3G Tom Burke claims it would be "a very bad deal for Britain" - for both the environment and taxpayers - describing it as an "expensive folly". //&! bit.ly/1OIhJHv "sheer folly" &! about people living there - bit.ly/1Rph8Ic &! why would edf sell some of its stake? EDF was only one left 2 agree 2 build it 4 a price X after all other bidders backed out - bit.ly/1W4dqoQ &! on.fb.me/1PBwfRk
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached - BBC News
More than £30bn worth of deals between the UK and China are expected to be struck during the four-day visit. [...] 'Security concerns' The Hinkley Point project has come under fire over its cost and the delays to investment decisions and the timetable for building. The government has also been criticised for guaranteeing a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity - more than twice the current cost - for the electricity Hinkley produces. [<< death knell 4 UK consumer & heavy industry! In 10 years as other countries invested in renewables heavily, energy prices will be much higher in UK, a country which did not invest heavily in the Smart Grid & renewables when it was cheap to borrow to fund private public partnerships; 5-10 year mega projects. Bc nasty party is mercenary, not visionary. &! china is deep in renewables. why not renewables!? build smart grid] The Treasury hopes that within 10 years China will be UK second biggest trading partner. //&! Steve Hilton - bbc.in/1krBjLp
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry? - BBC News
UK steelmakers want lower business rates, a relaxation of emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects. "We've set out some of the things government can press ahead with now to send out a clear signal of support in the very short term," said Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel. [...] How does the government act without going against its free market principles and breaking EU rules? It has already provided steel makers with millions of pounds in compensation for carbon permit costs. Beyond that it says its hands are tied by strict European Union state-aid rules. [ << targeted welfare vs lower energy prices and a smart grid for all ] //&! bbc.in/1GhJaoH - Unions want the government to take "urgent short-term action" to support the industry. [...] the steel industry globally was facing one of the most difficult times in its history. [...] we can't change the price of steel.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
With Hinkley Point, squandermania has reached dangerous new heights | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ cutting renewables, sure. how about 24bn for renewables and SmartGrid 10 years. Duh. And no energy price tariff guarantees needed. ] The only two versions of the EDF pressurised water reactor under construction, in Finland and France, are way behind schedule with doubled budgets. For £24bn you can read anything you like. It is the auto-da-fé of Treasury control. The person who should be laughing is Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn. Hinkley Point competes with HS2 and possibly a new Heathrow runway for the title of “world’s stupidest megaproject”. [...] When Centrica, the last British investor, pulled out of Hinkley in 2013, it did so because not a single adviser thought it a sensible bet. [ and who benefits? companies who benefit from status quo! fossil fuel companies ] //&! The Guardian view on Hinkley Point C: overcomplicated, overpriced and overdue Editorial: Nuclear power may be necessary to limit climate change, but this is the wrong nuclear option - bit.ly/1QztaOV &! bbc.in/1R1NSYr
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's fading greenery - BBC News
[ after the collaps of energy prices, commoditiy prices and freed up labour from oil and gas industry ... instead of tripling investment in renewable energy, they cut it. increasing long-term competitiveness with domestic cheaper energy prices. stupid. instead they cut corporate tax rate, as if tax evasion and avoidance wasn't helping them already ... no further development of 6 killer apps. policy for vested interest. subsidies for oil. tax breaks. etc etc. ] The energy team at business consultancy EY can't expect to get many contracts out of Whitehall - not after a thorough trashing of UK policy. //&! Al Gore chimes in - bit.ly/1V88zmb //&! bbc.in/1NIzAMl //&! bv.ms/1Vgb4Iy - Stop Propping Up Fossil Fuels. Subsidies, as a rule, distort financial incentives and leave the economy less efficient. Subsidies on fossil fuels are doubly foolish: They also divert investment and consumption away from cleaner energy, and cost taxpayers a bundle.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
America's Highways Need That Trillion Dollars Congress Already Spent - YouTube
transportation (all kinds), internet, phone lines, cable, energy (smart grid), water, --- cost increase w worse infrastructure to do business. whether its commuting times (chronic stress for workers - thus increased aggregate health care bill and increased sick days) & congestion, air water pollution (public health), car/truck maintenance cost, no bike lanes (public health), lost productivity due to energy outages, slow internet ...
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Climate change - a burning issue in Paris | FT World - YouTube
why is this not seen as moonshot? moon landing ala jfk. bc there is no yet visible messaged thread like the russians. and its not immediate. and it is not ideological enough (capitalism vs communism). and no representation by career politicians. characters. not even obama.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Group of 20 Financial Leaders Agree to Act to Bolster Growth - The New York Times
Ms. Lagarde was even more explicit, making it clear that governments had for too long relied on the supply of cheap cash from central banks that have been running ultra-loose monetary policy. “Monetary policy alone will not cut it,” she said. “It is necessary, it is recommended from our perspective, particularly in Europe and in Japan still, but it will not cut it on its own. “Clearly in the fiscal sphere as well as in the structural reforms sphere, more needs to be done, and it needs to accompany and eventually take the baton from the central bank governors.”
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Maybe This Global Slowdown Is Different - Bloomberg View
[ warren buffet investing in america because he sees the long-term outcome of Globalisation (first was incredible pain and then a flat and then a normalisation). He is buying at the bottom of normalisation period. A truly flat, borderless world in next 20-30 years. Where USA is energy competitive with high skilled labour and top notch STEM, Research and R&D through its edu/colleges/university departments. Able to effectively compete. And also lobby for subsidies, gov contracts (ie defense, infrastructure! which will have to be replaced to the tune of trillions), effective tax avoidance & evasion. ] // Building global supply chains became so fashionable for Western manufacturers that they built them even when it made sense to keep production closer to customers; now they're retrenching and revising their approach.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Richard Duncan: The Real Risk Of A Coming Multi-Decade Global Depression - YouTube
50 year long debt super cycle & credit bubble up-held. Put. // hasnt created inflation because of Globalisation = deflationary! [3bn ppl living on $2/day] Collapse of marginal cost of labour, offsetting inflation pressure of QE/NIRP/credit creation last decades. // Will eventually haunt people back once globalisation has run its way in ~100-75 years & the world is actually flat. energy cost 0, marginal cost 0, economics of abundance. // // min 23 AND because of this deflationary pressure of globalisation, excess capacity, etc lead to wage stagnation & or pressure to work 4 less (Contractor, Werkvertrag, Zeitarbeit, self-employment, Zero Hour Contract, outsourcing) and longer, in western world. Leads inevitably 2 being pushed into recession & avoiding that authorities always pushed button 4 more credit. Credit growth prevented western world not 2 be pushed into recession in last decades. 2010 Private Sector cant drive recovery! Massive Gov stimulus needed +10 years, not austerity!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Easy Money Creates the Most Dangerous Bubbles - Bloomberg View
[Money has been slushing arnd in markets speculating, not investing in future & productive, added value goods. big companies are flush 2. easy credit is holding zombie corps of the last century over water. western world is persisting 2 put a banking bailout/crisis in the light of a sovereign debt crisis 2 push idealogical austerity. falling way being, never be able 2 catch up with productivity, output gap, STEM, research, future of work, smart grid & infrastructure, retooling their economy 21st century style.] // "speculation in property markets, amplified by mortgage financing, as a persistent central factor driving economic cycles." [...] the worst bubbles -- those that inflict the most economic pain -- tend to involve not just speculation, but a surge in easy lending and increasing leverage. [...] economic downturns following credit bubbles were generally worse and lasted longer. [...] danger of leverage cycle. // [ easy credit & debt fuelled recovery of assets, not fundamentals ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
North Sea oil giant - do not risk the UK's 'engineering legacy' - BBC News
The whole sector is important, worth £27bn to the British economy. Malcolm Webb, the former chief executive of Oil and Gas UK, described it as a "core component of the UK's engineering and manufacturing base" which "enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation honed over 40 years at the cutting edge of exploration and production". And it is for that reason that it is worth listening when Mr Keiller says that - despite the rapid fall in the oil price - the North Sea is still a vital part of the UK's manufacturing future. "We have a fantastic engineering skills base here in the UK," Mr Keiller said. "It creates high quality job opportunities that can be exported to many different countries around the world. I have people in Aberdeen designing the most sophisticated sub-sea oil and gas developments for deep water offshore for South America and Africa and elsewhere. "These high quality jobs can exist way beyond the life of the North Sea." [...] sector still employs 400k
UK  STEM  industrial  policy  Oil  price  Aberdeen  OPEC  renewable  energy  green  energy  engineering  engineer  Smart  Grid  professional  education  vocational  education 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece - BBC News
IMF, Christine Lagarde, said: "I remain firmly of the view that Greece's debt has become unsustainable." [...] Greek debt will reach 201% of GDP some time next year. [...] It is unlikely a portion of the debt will be written off but there may well be an agreement to extend current loans and to lower the rates of interest. [...] [ the overall health of Europe as a whole and its individual parts in question] [...] the eurozone economy splutters. There is a recovery - the eurozone is growing at an annual rate of 1.3% - but it is patchy. In the [Q2'15] France and Italy, which account for 40% of the eurozone economy, flat-lined. Italy which had only recently emerged from recession fell back, managing growth of just 0.2%. [...] [ ECB: on balance, outlook remains on the downside ] The eurozone economy is still smaller than it was in 2008. [...] The fundamental challenges to the European economy remain - how to innovate [...] modernise [...] [ EU project living up to its potential ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Electricity blackouts risk up, says National Grid - BBC News
It says the closure of some power stations will have left spare capacity on the system at just 1.2% - the worst for a decade. The grid has secured extra supplies by paying £36m to have several plants on standby and by asking some industries to switch off power. The move will add 50 pence to the typical household energy bill. However, it also means overall spare capacity is now expected to be about 5%. "It's clear that electricity margins for that coldest, darkest half hour of winter are currently tighter than they have been, due to power stations closures", said Cordi O'Hara, National Grid's director of market operations.
Smart  Grid  UK  energy  security  energy  price  energy  policy 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn' - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was "wrong headed, perverse and downright outrageous." [...] "I think it severely undermines any Tory claims to be pro-business." [...] "This decision comes despite the UK energy secretary admitting on radio this very morning that onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective ways of developing renewable energy." Ms Sturgeon argued that the move would also send out the wrong message ahead of a conference in Paris later this year aimed at getting a new global agreement on climate change. The Scottish government believes the decision would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland, as about 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system were in the country. [...] The move was part of a manifesto commitment by the [Tories] ahead of the general election in May. "We are driving forward our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies and give local communities the final say over any new wind farms."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Imports to keep the lights on - BBC News
low energy prices are a competitive advantage in the western world. period. // "The evidence reflects a lot of progress made on closing down the risk that the lights could go out, with next winter being the riskiest of all, and the problem of tight capacity margins persisting at least until 2018."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Tschechien stopp deutschen Strom-Transport - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In der Bundesrepublik fehlen große Energietrassen von Nord nach Süd, deshalb fließt deutscher Windstrom oft über Tschechien. Sehr zum Ärger der Nachbarn: Das Land will seine Grenze dichtmachen.
Smart  Grid  Germany  infrastructure  investment  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  Wolfgang  Schäuble  Angela  Merkel  austerity  UK  Europe  energy  security  energy  price  renewable  energy  energy  policy 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Elizabeth Warren: No Need to Stop Uber-ized Workforce, but Must Invest in Education (Video) | Re/code
Warren defends Uber-ization of labor // Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator denounced by some as a “far-left” socialist radical, came out in support of the “Uber-ization” of the labor force. “We’re not going to stop tech so that lots of people will work,” Sen. Warren said at yesterday’s Code Conference. “That’s like saying, ‘Let’s get rid of heavy equipment and let people dig with a spoon.'” // "how the on-demand economy is creating full-time jobs out of part-time work. Several startups, like Uber, rely on contract employers. Google CEO Larry Page has predicted that part-time working will soon be the norm." // marketplace lowers prices! its inevitable. Except there is regulation and a guaranteed income /w around minimum wage. // Wall Street - Capitalism - rootless global corporations (& money have no conscience) has no self-limiter. Is no stakeholder in a local economy has no shared economic interest whether in a local economy nor country. // on.recode.net/1eAwEE0
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin: A New Era of Capitalism - YouTube
energy changes societies. urbanisation and suburban enabled by fossil fuels. // "Energy Internet" clients are houses with solar roof-top and plugged in electric cars. Nodes are wind and solar farms, storage forms etc. Sharing energy globally. Continentalisation. // scales laterally, favours SME/SMB. // democratise manufacturing = 3D printing // Top-Down Corps to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (still top-down Wall Street profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // We have to move from geopolitics to biosphere politics. Wall Street corporates are no stakeholders in our world, well being etc. // Continental political unions. Europe, Asia, South America, North America // Curse of oil! no diversification.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab | Reuters
Amazon will invest $55M & increase staff by 27% over the next 5 yrs at its Lab126 hardware operations, Reuters reports; Amazon is reportedly testing IoT products, incl a Wi-Fi device facilitating push-button ordering of household staples; the co is also interested in the wearables mkt, acc to sources
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Awe!thenticity: Mark Ecko at TEDxMidwest - YouTube
Mark Ecko "guts to the skin." + "School comes to you. [...] School is everywhere. [...] Don't lose the core, don't get distracted by the noise in the white wash. [...] Own it. [...] It's how you make people feel, not necessarily what you make (quality, means [$$$] to produce great quality product]. Evoking emotions and imaginations and connections and relational feelings. To relate." + Friends. Hold on to the word friend. Friend - to love. People are more like acquaintances or companion. Noise - filter it from inside out.
Mark  Ecko  Fame  celebrity  culture  Kim  Kardashian  Pop  Gossip  Perception  authenticity  personal  brand  Book  brand  branding  brands  execution  entrepreneurial  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Start-Up  self-awareness  self-belief  Eminem  Jay-Z  Bill  Gates  Abraham  Lincoln  Social  Media  friends  Failure  Fail  learning  formal  education  street  smart  artist  digital  artist 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ How to Sell Yourself Without Selling Out with Marc Ecko | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis - YouTube
+ v=L6md-7K3uSE Kanye West gon 2 Gatekeepers. Also talks abt journey and the journey is not a straight line. It's a zig zag. You cant see u destination/future. Its only in ur head/pipe dream. There's no Final Destination. [thus LEGACY over Money *Gary Vaynerchuk.] T-Shirt Design is a Garage thing. ... Its about the Buyer, the Fans, the Following - the one's vote and buy/transact. "Don't be that guy that is loved by the Gatekeepers but your business sucks." + v=IpCPJm7K07s "Fashion Industry is very different than Music Industruy." + v=ZePy-MXRDBU "Create Wealth that Matters. [...] Success is the Path, the Game, the Journey, [not the Final Destination]" [...] "Put in the Work and need to Execute and Hustle beyond your Talent." "Industrious Times!!! [...] Ur not the only game in town!" + Book - Shirt Kings Pioneers Hip Fashion // +Airbrush T-Shirt v=L9zxio7Wz90 YouTube "how to Airbrush T-Shirt" // http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/phade-interview + v=tcdlhylX8g4
Marc  Ecko  book  brand  branding  brands  personal  brand  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Fashion  Industry  Kanye  West  Music  Industry  Luxury  artist  freemium  youthification  Social  Media  T-Shirt  Design  entrepreneurship  entrepeneurship  entrepreneurial  entrepreneur  conglomerate  conglomerate  life  lesson  lifehacks  lifehacker  collaboration  Collaborative  Street  Smart  perspective  Legacy  personal  values  validation  self-belief  self-awareness  self-respect  Self-esteem 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
Overuse of smartphones can cause slipped discs - Crave - Mobile Phones - CNET Asia
Cervical disc herniation isn't the only problem caused by using smartphones. An article by Chosun Ilbo earlier in May highlighted that youngsters also spend less time exercising which has resulted in an increase in obesity.
disk  herniation  bad  posture  compromising  posture  mobile  phone  unintended  consequences  smart  phone  posture 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America | Alternative
intercellular communication = electricity. Guess what an ECG records. Guess what nerves do - transmit electric signals. [...] "In 2007 the BioInitiative Working Group, a worldwide body of scientists and public health experts, released a 650-page document with over 2000 studies linking RF and EMF exposure to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, DNA damage, immune system dysfunction, cellular damage and tissue reduction. In May 2011 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer categorized “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless cellphone use.”
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may 2013 by asterisk2a

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