Glowing trees to replace streetlamps?

November 15, 2010

Here’s an idea straight out of science-fiction: trees altered to glow at night, bright enough to light your way:

Taiwanese researchers have come up with the elegant idea of replacing streetlights with trees, by implanting their leaves with gold nanoparticles. This causes the leaves to give off a red glow, lighting the road for passersby without the need for electric power. This ingenious triple threat of an idea could simultaneously reduce carbon emissions, cut electricity costs and reduce light pollution, without sacrificing the safety that streetlights bring.

Of course the idea has to be justified by fighting global warming (“reducing carbon emissions”), a problem that doesn’t exist, but I think it’s neat in itself, calling to mind science-fiction or fantasy art and having somewhat of a magical feel to it.

Critics will no doubt think of all sorts of problems, from the mundane (“Do the trees have to be injected each season?”) to the serious (“How much would this cost?”) to the hysterical (“You’re creating mutant trees!!”), but that’s for another day, should this ever come close to production. Right now, I just think it’s neat.

And the first housing development with glowing trees just has to be named “Lothlorien.”

Via Real Clear Science.

How many feet can Al Gore stick in his big mouth?

December 16, 2009

The Goracle, speaking at the  UN Copenhagen Climate Change Farce Conference:

And he urged the world to complete a global deal by July, assuming the Copenhagen summit ends this week with a political agreement by all the countries.

Describing a “runaway melt” of the Earth’s ice, rising tree mortality and prospects of severe water scarcities, Gore told a UN audience: “In the face of effects like these, clear evidence that only reckless fools would ignore, I feel a sense of frustration” at the lack of agreement so far.

“Rising tree mortality?” Really? Should I go hug my favorite oak before it dies from drought, gets blown over by gale-force storms created by Man’s folly, and then floats away on the rising seas?

Umm… No. Nope. Not at all.

Al is ignoring inconvenient facts again:

Satellite data for the real world (not the one Mr. Gore lives in) can help give us an idea.


Globally net primary productivity (NPP) has increased. As the IPCC’s WG II report (p. 106) says:

Satellite-derived estimates of global net primary production from satellite data of vegetation indexes indicate a 6% increase from 1982 to 1999, with large increases in tropical ecosystems (Nemani et al., 2003) [Figure 1]. The study by Zhou et al. (2003), also using satellite data, confirm that the Northern Hemisphere vegetation activity has increased in magnitude by 12% in Eurasia and by 8% in NorthAmerica from 1981 to 1999

Read the rest to see how vegetation is actually expanding worldwide.  And, contra the EPA, the trees seem quite happy with rising CO2 levels.

Tell me again why anyone takes bombastic fraud seriously?

RELATED: More Goracle gaffes.

(hat tip: David Freddoso)