The United States Department of Interior published an alarming list of 35 mineral commodities under threat and critical to the economic and national security of the land.
Immediate steps are necessary to avoid critical situations in the mid and long term.
It’s like a leaking reservoir; the worldwide pace fundamental and essential natural resources are consumed overrules the input at a deeply concerning speed.
Earth resources are now diminishing at a pace never seen before. The world population digests natural resources 50% faster as they regenerate.
Scientists warn that we are heading towards a point of no return that could change the way humanity lives forever or even worse.
It is known for a while that large oil fields are running out of capacity. This is a bigger and more immediate treat than the impact fossil fuels have on the climate.
As I said many time before: Yes, there is climate change but bear in mind that the average worldwide temperature is barely raising. Climate change means not necessarily a rise in temperature. No need to panic about the climate because it is just a geographical shift.
I urge the press to stop spreading lies and misinformation. For example: They often talk about “the hottest particular day in history” but they fail to tell that decades ago a day with a far higher temperature occurred months earlier.
Some places are warmer than before but many colder. There is also a seasonal shift. In the Western hemisphere autumn stays longer warm and spring is in many places colder as it was in the past.
Let’s focus on the real threat.
The U.S. mineral warning list is really something to pay attention to. It includes basic minerals like aluminum (used in almost all sectors of the economy), the platinum group metals (used for catalytic agents as exhausting pipes in automobiles), rare elements used in batteries (for telephones and, my goodness, ELECTRIC cars) as well as other electronics.
Believe it or not, even a shortage of sand looms as the Africa swamps are turned into modern housing area’s and infrastructure construction works are widely on the rise.
It is of deep concern that humanity almost unavoidably will have to fight securing the basic needs in order to survive. After the first symptoms, such as the already occurring price hikes, later on technological developments and day to day life will be hindered.
Scientists predict that at the end of the day we all could end up in a major global conflict.
There is no other workaround as to decrease demand.
It is really frightening to see how living standards in Africa are bound for further hikes. Inhabitants of this part of the world are looking foreard to live luxury life plus all that comes to it.
I sincerely believe, the only way to avoid mass extinction is to stop the expanding world population.
If politicians don’t take action immediately, in the long run, circumstances unfortunately will do.
This week, the Australian High Court has ruled that a semen donor is the legal father of an eleven year old girl since, by providing the sperm, and being actively involved in her life.
The bombshell verdict comes after the lesbian mother and her wife announced to move with the child to New Zealand.
The semen donor went to court to prohibit the couple taking away his daughter.
After a five- year battle the High Court’s decision overturned an earlier lower court’s judge ruling that the donor has no right to claim.
At the time of the semen donation, in 2006, the mother of the child was single and a close friend of the donor. However, the initial plan to raise the child together failed at a certain moment as the mother started a relation with a woman.
Despite the donor mentioned as the father on the child’s birth certificate and the girl called him “daddy” she began arguing that he was not the real father.
The High Court now ruled that unmistakably he is the legal father and has the right to prevent the family relocating to New Zealand.
The judge explained that in this case the father was not just a sperm donor. After donation he kept involved in the child’s life.
What we’ve learned from this case is that semen donors playing an active role in the child’s life, sometimes can be seen as a parent.
It happens in many cases that donors in one way or another are involved in children’s lives. Usually they do not claim to be the legal parent of the child. Donors and recipients should be aware of the consequences.
The cost of medicine is exploding. The U.K. is no exception compared to what is happening round the globe.
As the NHS is struggling to keep expenses under control, providing substitute generic medication instead of costly branded medication is a way to put some relieve on the rising unbudgeted pressure.
But are generic medicines as good as promised? This question is increasingly important since prices of generic medicine are now on the rise as well and an American journalist made some shocking revelations.
Branded medicines are medicines mostly marketed under the name given by the company that developed them. Generic medicines are often copies produced in countries with low labor cost.
As protection rights after 20 years expire, companies and pharmacists are free to copy medicine. They can manufacture and sell the medication under its own generic name mostly at a lower price.
In 2016 and 2017, the NHS spent over £4.3 billion on generic medicines. This is more than 28% of total medicine expenditure.
As the cost of branded medication soars, generic low cost alternatives are increasingly popular.
But according to Katherine Eban, an American journalist who wrote the book “Bottle of Lies”, generic medication might not be as safe and effective as we generally believe.
Mrs. Eban investigated the pharmaceutical industry for a decade and focused on generic medication produced in the Far East and sold in the U.S.
She came to the appalling conclusion that at least the American Food and Drug administration, was misled and manipulated. Plant owners in India and China cheated FDA inspectors many times.
She revealed that it is very easy to manipulate data.
Weeks in advance, overseas companies in the Far East producing the generic medication get an announcement of scheduled inspections.
Thanks to this information, plants in China and India are well informed that the FDA inspectors are coming.
This allows factories where the substitute generic medication is made, manipulate data and results.
In her book she writes: “I discovered overseas drug companies that altered documents, shred them, invent them and in some cases even steaming them overnight to create the impression that they are old”
The FDA dismisses claims that it is easy to mislead. “We conducted a number of unannounced inspections at foreign plants over the past several years”
But Mrs. Eban is convinced that in some cases, at least in the U.S. generic medicine becomes available without proper vetting.
She says that the FDA is overwhelmed and under resourced in its duty to ensure the safety of overseas drug production.
She also produced evidence about inspectors that were poisoned with contaminated drinking water to undermine inspections.
Mrs. Eban: “The investigators were poisoned in the course of their inspections with tainted water from the tap, which you can’t drink in India. They felt sick during inspections. I mean, this was a way of running out the clock”
In one instance, an investigator had his hotel room bugged.
In other cases manufacturers tried to scan passenger lists in airports to try to determine exactly who was coming and when. There were elaborate measures that the plants took to try to protect against bad inspections.
The United States warned the UK not allowing Huawei to build the new 5G network. 5G by Huawei would be a fatal mistake putting the special relationship between the two countries at risk.
The US has many activities over here, intelligence and military bases included.
Britain plays also an important role in the Five Eyes network, a secretive global intelligence network formed in the aftermath of World War II. The objective is to share intelligence data between the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Despite the US intelligence and military has their own worldwide communication networks, the US government considers Huawei dominated technical infrastructures in countries as the UK an unacceptable risk.
It is feared that the Chinese manipulate highly advanced computer and telecommunications firmware to steal sophisticated data from governments and high tech companies.
The warning from the Americans comes at a very bad moment. After leaving the EU, regarding trade relations, the US is one of the last resorts the UK can bank on.
In a statement during a speech to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US has an obligation to ensure that the places they are operating, the places where American information is, and the places where the US is subject to a national security risk that all operations are inside trusted networks. Pompeo: “We don’t believe you can have those technologies in your systems and still have a trusted network
For the UK there is too much at stake (security and trade). Bearing this in mind it is believed Britain will do its utmost to avoid making the wrong decision and assuage US security fears.
UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt responded that the UK will never take a decision that compromises the country’s ability to share intelligence with the so called “Five Eyes” colleagues, particularly the US.
As the world lithium resources are not endless and fossil fuel is fading away, scientists are working in overdrive mode to improve hydrogen fuel as the near future power source for electric cars.
A major problem with hydrogen is to overcome the limited efficiency of the current storage models.
Now it looks like scientists at the University of Michigan made a huge step forward in solving this boundary.
The researchers discovered a way to scram a significantly increased amount of hydrogen into smaller storage structures.
Metal-organic frameworks, with a high energy density, make it visible to store a large amount of hydrogen on board.
This opens the door to a further extension of the hydrogen vehicle driving range.
The future looks bright for hydrogen powered cars since we are talking about a zero emission power source that emits water only. Hydrogen is far more common as lithium is. Chances are zero that there ever will be a supply issue
But there are still some frontiers to overcome.
Another question to overcome is how to get hydrogen at the gas station. Should we transport hydrogen in a liquid form in trucks or through a pipeline system.
It is without any doubt that the next generation electric vehicles will not be powered by batteries but hydrogen instead.
Scientists are convinced that the performance of lithium ion batteries is already at a maximum. They assume we are on the ceiling of what batteries can deliver.
Therefore we should refrain from battery technology the soonest.
Worldwide, a growing number of fire incidents with electric vehicles are reported. The high voltage technology, continuously present through the -always on- batteries, makes assistance during accidents on the road and even in the parking mode a risky operation.
The limited mileage and not to forget the eyebrow raising environmental issues that come with the production of the very toxic lithium ion batteries are pushing carmakers and scientists over new frontiers.
It is impossible to power all cars around the globe with lithium ion batteries. This will cause an environmental disaster of unseen proportions.
Not to forget that power grid operators are warning they cannot deliver as the infra structure in America and Europe is not ready for massive demand. It is an illusion that this issue can be addressed within a visible time frame. At least not in the next decades.
While time is running out for fossil fuels and lithium as well, the solution is Hydrogen as power source to replace battery technology.
It’s not CO2 but a looming shortage of fossil fuel. Last week it emerged that the output of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields has, again, dropped significantly.
CO2 levels in the atmosphere are not dangerously high at all.
Companies extracting carbon from the air to turn into oil and other products are struggling because of – as they complain- the comparatively low concentrations of CO2 in the air make it difficult to design efficient machines to remove the gas.
Unmistakably, we should save the last oil resources in this world for other purposes instead of bluntly burning it.
BMW as well as American and Japanese carmakers believe in hydrogen as power source. They are convinced that it is not “if” but “when” the hydrogen powered electric car will replace the current fossil fuel and battery powered vehicles.