Asthma carbon footprint 'as big as eating meat'Making the swap would have as big an "eco" impact as turning vegetarian or becoming an avid recycler, they say.
It's because some inhalers release greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
There are more than five million people with asthma in the UK.
The research looked at the environmental impact of different inhaler medications prescribed to patients on the NHS in England.
In 2017, about 50 million inhalers were prescribed. Seven out of every 10 of them were metered-dose inhalers - the type that contain greenhouse gases.
The gas - hydrofluoroalkane - is used as a propellant to squirt the medicine out of the inhaler.
Metered-dose inhalers account for nearly 4% of NHS greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
|Funny that this wasn't on the news.|
Thousands of farmers in their tractors have taken to the streets of Germany, protesting the government's environmentalist agenda and the climate of hostility that agriculture faces from urban eco-warriors.
On Tuesday, farmers across Germany led 'tractor parades' into the nation's cities.
According to the German newspaper Die Welt, some 2,000 tractors descended upon the city of Bonn, and thousands of farmers took the same path in Hanover, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg.
Organized by a group called 'Land Creates Connection', the farmers demanded not only a say in the formation of agricultural and environmental policies but also respect from the public who rely on the fruits of their labor.
|Sea of tractors that did NOT get permission to be there.|
So it seems that the Powers That Be are very happy for us to know if Frau Jackson's Grade 10 class showed up with signs at City Hall in Yourtown Germany to protest climate change. Less happy if we find out that the people who grow all our food showed up and kicked in the front door of Parliament because a new regulation is putting them all out of business.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
American burger chain Red Robin says it will be closing all of its Alberta stores by Dec. 8.
Global News has spoken to all five locations the company currently operates in the Edmonton area and each location confirmed they have been told they will be shut down by that date.
A previous location in the city on 112 Street and 104 Avenue also closed earlier in the year.
The company, known for its bottomless fries and expansive burger choices, currently has a total of 17 Canadian locations. The other 12 stores operate in British Columbia.
So there's 75 people times five locations that are out of a job as of December 8th, not to mention the franchisees who are now out several million dollars for each location. Those places are not cheap to start up.
Also, Husky Oil laid off hundreds of employees on October 22nd.
Thanks, Liberals. Thanks Toronto.
Update: Encana packs it in, they are moving to the USA, taking their bat and ball with them. One of the largest and oldest companies in Canada just said "fuck it!" and left. Now that's what I call an election consequence.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Second thing that happened, the Liberals lost influence. Hard. A majority is 170 seats, the Liberals held 177 going into this thing, and now they are down 20 to 157.
The third thing that happened, the NDP lost in every possible way. They are down from 39 seats, losing 15 seats to end up with 24.
Forth thing, and probably amounting to nothing, the Bloc won big last night going from 10 to 32, gaining 22 seats. The only thing of note about this is that the Bloc now has 32 seats despite the fact that they only got 7% of the popular vote. There's 338 seats for 30 million people, 7% should give them 24 seats. But because of the peculiarities of ridings and population density in Quebec, they swing a pretty big bat today. They can go in with the NDP and the CPC to bring down the government any time they want.
But at least now I know what its going to take to get them to pay attention. It'll take random blackouts, food shortages, rioting and a constant fear of death to wake them the fuck up. Venezuela north, basically. Or the West could start separation proceedings, that might work too.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
|Tommy Chong is so happy!|
Notably absent are the zillions of car accidents and hordes of brain-dead zombies shuffling about our ruined cities that we were all warned about right up until the 17th last year. I always thought it was a little suspect that the warnings and the Scientific Studies! all stopped on 10/18/2018, as if somebody threw a switch to turn off whatever was generating them.
But hey, today's a big celebration. So hoist a celebratory joint, take a little puff, and then get the hell back to work. You've got taxes to pay, peons.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro all vehemently denied the report. The NSA dismissed it as a false alarm. The Defcon hacker conference awarded it two Pwnie Awards, for "most overhyped bug" and "most epic fail." And no follow-up reporting has yet affirmed its central premise.
But even as the facts of that story remain unconfirmed, the security community has warned that the possibility of the supply chain attacks it describes is all too real. The NSA, after all, has been doing something like it for years, according to the leaks of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Now researchers have gone further, showing just how easily and cheaply a tiny, tough-to-detect spy chip could be planted in a company's hardware supply chain. And one of them has demonstrated that it doesn't even require a state-sponsored spy agency to pull it off—just a motivated hardware hacker with the right access and as little as $200 worth of equipment.
With only a $150 hot-air soldering tool, a $40 microscope, and some $2 chips ordered online, Elkins was able to alter a Cisco firewall in a way that he says most IT admins likely wouldn't notice, yet would give a remote attacker deep control.
"We think this stuff is so magical, but it's not really that hard," says Elkins, who works as "hacker in chief" for the industrial-control-system security firm FoxGuard. "By showing people the hardware, I wanted to make it much more real. It's not magical. It's not impossible. I could do this in my basement. And there are lots of people smarter than me, and they can do it for almost nothing."
Elkins used an ATtiny85 chip, about 5 millimeters square, that he found on a $2 Digispark Arduino board; not quite the size of a grain of rice, but smaller than a pinky fingernail. After writing his code to that chip, Elkins desoldered it from the Digispark board and soldered it to the motherboard of a Cisco ASA 5505 firewall. He used an inconspicuous spot that required no extra wiring and would give the chip access to the firewall's serial port.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Reducing emissions from driving has been a big challenge, said Conor Gately, who led the project mapping CO2 on America's roads as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University. Emissions dipped during the recession of the late 2000s, but have been ticking back up since 2013.
National fuel economy standards put in place under the Obama administration have helped temper the rise in automotive emissions because the rules require cars and trucks to use less gasoline per mile traveled. But even as vehicles have become more efficient, Americans, buoyed by a strong economy and low gas prices, have been driving more miles and buying more S.U.V.s and pickup trucks, which have lower gas mileage. Freight trucking is also on the rise.
The Trump administration is expected to finalize a rollback of efficiency standards for passenger vehicles this month, a move that could significantly increase future emissions from America's cars and trucks.
First, and most important, this is not a map of pollution. Its a map of CARBON DIOXIDE which is not pollution, it is the stuff humans breath out. Plants -need- carbon dioxide, right? This is another global warming fairy tale filled with dire Greta Thunberg warnings about how your car is going to cause the end of the world.
To create their database, Boston University researchers used federal traffic data to calculate the number of miles travelled on local segments of each road in the United States and converted those miles to carbon dioxide emissions by estimating how much fuel is consumed by different types of vehicles using those roads.
An additional New York Times analysis used Boston University's on-road CO2 data and population figures from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Census Bureau to derive total and per capita emissions for each metropolitan area.
They made it up.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Chinese Communist Party has razed dozens of Uighur Muslim cemeteries in western Xinjiang province to create more "civilized" areas, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported on Wednesday.China has taken over Uighur burial rites and replaced them with Communist Party-controlled cremations staged in "burial management centers" that ban religious activity surrounding the handling of a person's remains. Uighur locals and activists have accused China of attempting to erase the ethnic minority's history and uproot them from their ancestral home.
But wait, there's more. A Greenie connection!
The destruction of Uighur graveyards is not new. The Print reported in July that the Communist Party began rapidly constructing "burial management centers" throughout the region after destroying at least three cemeteries in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. One was turned into an "ecological" park; Chinese authorities have also used a green agenda as an excuse to eradicate Uighur holy sites.
I was reading along and the notion of bulldozing cemeteries pissed me off, I must say. But then I read this:
In Hotan, another major Xinjiang city, the Csehine regime razed a 1000-year-old cemetery holding the remains of several historic figures, including Muslim crusaders from the late second millennium who brought the religion to western China.The Communist Party has also built thousands of concentration camps in Xinjiang holding millions of Uighurs – and used the camps to excuse the replacement of private burials with "burial management centers," arguing that they are necessary because not enough young men remain free from the concentration camps to help carry bodies and perform burial rites.
First of all, a 1000 year old cemetery? Wow. We think shit that's 100 years old is old. Second of all, this is like destroying Martin Luther's burial site in Germany. Its the same thing.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
A lawsuit, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, had challenged Harvard's use of race in determining admissions, part of a decades-old push to boost minority enrolments at America's oldest university.
Federal Judge Allison Dale Burroughs said in a long-awaited decision that while Harvard's admissions process is not perfect, it was right, for now, to factor in race to form a diverse student body.
"The rich diversity at Harvard and other colleges and universities and the benefits that flow from that diversity will foster the tolerance, acceptance and understanding that will ultimately make race-conscious admissions obsolete," she said.
The case was filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a group led by conservative white activist Edward Blum, who previously attacked the affirmative action policies at the University of Texas.
Update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks for the linkage Sarah Hoyt!