Monthly Archives: September 2013

Book Reviews: Why I Write Them, How I Find Them

I’ve read thousands of mainly non-fiction books over the past 40 years. Why I write Book Reviews I write book reviews for a number of reasons — to give my brain a “workout”, as a source of information for my … Continue reading

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Willpower: How to get it and lead a more joyful life

A book review by Alice Friedemann of “Willpower.  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney, 2011. Self-control is ultimately about enjoying your time on earth and sharing joy with those you love. Warning Signs Your Willpower … Continue reading

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How fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production

Senate 113-71. July 16, 2013. Gas Prices Hearing on how U.S. gasoline and fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production and the restructuring of the U.S. refining industry and distribution system. Senate Hearing. [ … Continue reading

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Why and how Jellyfish are taking over the world

A book review of Lisa-ann Gershwin’s “Stung! On jellyfish blooms and the future of the ocean” by Alice Friedemann Move aside Steven King, jellyfish are worse than any of your demons, worse than any Grade-B monster that’s graced the silver … Continue reading

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Peak Gold

Kerr, R. A. March 2, 2012. Is the World Tottering on the Precipice of Peak Gold? Science Vol. 335: pp. 1038-1039. $1700 per ounce gold is driving a mining frenzy, but analysts are concerned that miners can’t extract gold any … Continue reading

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Alternative energy solutions are limited by shortages of minerals

The main limiting factor of mining is energy, and we reached peak oil production in 2005 and peak coal will be here soon Ugo Bardi’s The Universal Mining Machine   High-Tech can’t last: Limited minerals & metals essential for wind, … Continue reading

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Phosphates add heavy metals such as cadmium to soils

Larsen, A., et al. March 1, 2001. Re-engineering the toilet for sustainable wastewater management. Environmental Science and Technology Vol 35(9):192-197  http://www.internal.eawag.ch/~maurer/abstracts/09larsen.html Current fertilizer production and use consume limited resources and harm the environment. At current extraction rates, reserves of phosphate … Continue reading

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How long will minerals last?

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China controls over 90% of rare earth mineral production

Michael Klare, in “The Race for what’s left” said the Chinese control up to 97% of the production of some of these minerals. Byron King in China’s Leg Up in the Rare Earths Market writes: “Basically, rare earths are exotic … Continue reading

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Steel

Jan 21, 2006. Your steel trash, China’s treasure. By Steve Mackrell. atimes.com There are basically only 2 sources of iron needed to make steel: iron ore and scrap steel. Iron-ore prices have soared because of surging global steel production. Much … Continue reading

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