China: The New Sleeping Giant 30

Posted by science on February 24, 2009

These data just in from Netcraft, Chinese site qq.com goes from 3 sites to the third largest webserver provider in a month simply by enabling blogging for its users. Bigger than Goggle’s blogger, bigger than Microsoft’s Live Spaces and bigger than MySpace. In a month.

Developer January 2009 Percent February 2009 Percent Change
Apache 96,947,298 52.26% 104,796,820 48.59% -3.67
Microsoft 61,038,371 32.91% 62,935,449 29.18% -3.72
qq.com 3 0.00% 20,021,763 9.28% 9.28
Google 9,868,819 5.32% 8,157,546 3.78% -1.54
nginx 3,462,551 1.87% 3,447,596 1.60% -0.27

Source: Netcraft Web Survey Survery Feb 2009
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Carbon footprint 28

Posted by science on May 21, 2008

“The concentration of C02 measured by scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii now stands at 387 parts per million, the highest level for at least 650,000 years.”[1] “It’s getting kind of hot back here”[2]

  1. New Scientist, 17 May 2008
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_to_Hell_(film)

Bisphenol A: The scariest chemical you’ve never heard of 38

Posted by science on October 27, 2007

Biohazard

Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the “highest volume chemicals in commercial production” according to a Science News report published on Sept 27, 2007 entitled “Clearly Concerning” (paid subscription required unfortunately). BPA is used extensively in the formation of polycarbonate plastics, which are hard and clear, and used to form “baby bottles, flatware, watercooler bottles and [food processor bowls].” It also is found in “epoxy resins used to line food and beverage cans and even to seal cavity prone teeth.” In short BPA is found everywhere.

Including you. BPA doesn’t remain in these plastics – it “inevitably leaches into foods and people’s mouths, such that traces of the chemical now show up in everyone’s body.”

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Climate forcing 41

Posted by science on October 22, 2007

Hot Sun

It looks like the pessimistic estimates of a thing called “climate forcing” weren’t pessimistic enough. Climate forcing from greenhouse gases describes the power of these gases to forcibly alter the climate in directions, rates and degrees it might not otherwise go. In this case, we’re talking about global climate change and the inability of the earth to soak up carbon dioxide (CO2) faster as we increase our output every year. Scientists had thought that the biggest carbon sinks such as the oceans and forests would accelerate their consumption of carbon as we produced more of it. That’s what had been happening until the year 2000. However, since then the sinks have have held steady and our output has increased, thereby accelerating the rate at which CO2 enters the atmosphere.

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Solar powered 43

Posted by scientific on September 05, 2006

Hot enough for you?.

As reported widely in the media today, it’s clear that humans are not only having an impact on the environment due to greenhouse gas emissions, but that we have no idea what the consequences of this impact will be. As scientists dig into the past to find answers, they are discovering that our current condition has no precedent: environmentally, we are well outside the bounds of the time since modern humans first evolved.

Dr Eric Wolff in the BBC article reference above said, “There’s nothing that suggests that the Earth will take care of the increase in carbon dioxide. The ice core suggests that the increase in carbon dioxide will definitely give us a climate change that will be dangerous.”

Not only have we had record temperatures out of line with the last 100 years of records, we now have CO2 levels out of range for the last 800,000 years of records. Buy air con. Sell short on heaters.