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Germany 100 Percent Renewables by 2050

Sets an example for all industrial nations Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
and Prof. Peter Saunders

The UK’s Low Carbon Transition Plan [1] (see UK’s Lacklustre
Low Carbon Transition Plan, SiS 44) falls well short of the
challenges that face us. Fortunately, we need look no
further than across the North Sea to Germany for
inspiration. Germany is a large, prosperous, industrialised
country rather like the UK in many ways. It has
traditionally relied heavily on coal for electricity

Wind Power Could Supply Global Electricity Needs 40 Times Over

The enormous potential of wind power

Wind turbines on land could provide more than 40 times the world’s current electricity consumption or over five times its total energy needs. That’s the latest assessment using wind data from meteorological sources [1]. A network of 2.5-megawatt (MW) turbines on land restricted to non-forested, ice-free, nonurban areas operating at as little as 20 percent of their rated capacity would do the trick; allowing for the fact that the wind does not blow constantly.

Epigenetic Inheritance through Sperm Cells, the Lamarckian

ISIS Press Release 23/03/09

For nearly a century, the overwhelming majority of biologists held firmly to the ‘neo-Darwinian’ dictum that organisms are strictly determined by their genetic make-up, which is essentially isolated from the environment, so characteristics acquired during one’s lifetime can never be transmitted to the next generation.

Malaria Vaccine Trials Raise Concerns over Risks to Infants

Clinical trials of malaria vaccines on infants raise
 serious concerns over the safety of multiple vaccinations of the very young
 
 Effective implementation of existing measures have
 eradicated malaria from many countries without using
 vaccines Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins
 
 Malaria a scourge of the tropics and subtropics
 
 About 40 percent of the world’s population live in areas
 with malaria, and an estimated 300-500 million are infected

Old Growth Forests Are Carbon Sinks and Must Be Protected

A forest levy and other financial mechanisms within the Kyoto Protocol are appropriate measures for protecting natural forests. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho General misconception leaves old growth forests especially vulnerable to wonton destruction Old-growth forests sequester carbon in live woody tissues and in slowly decomposing litter on the ground and buried in the soil, thereby acting as effective global carbon sinks.

Old Growth Forests Are Carbon Sinks and Must Be Protected

A forest levy and other financial mechanisms within the Kyoto Protocol are appropriate measures for protecting natural forests. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho General misconception leaves old growth forests especially vulnerable to wonton destruction Old-growth forests sequester carbon in live woody tissues and in slowly decomposing litter on the ground and buried in the soil, thereby acting as effective global carbon sinks.

Barcode for Biodiversity & Fingerprint for Everything Else

Two kinds of techniques, DNA fingerprints and DNA barcodes, have revolutionized the identification of individual organisms and species. The use of these techniques does not alter the DNA of the organism and does not involve genetic engineering.

Living Test for Mad Cow Disease

Mad Cow Disease and variant CJD

It has been 20 years since Mad Cow Disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE) appeared in Britain, killing more than180 000 cattle, and causing the mass slaughter of a further 5 million. The disease has jumped species to human beings, resulting in some 160 known cases worldwide of the fatal variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD); although the precise extent of the CJD epidemic is suspected to be 20 times worse than appears (see Box).

Why Are Organisms So Complex?

References for this article are posted on ISIS members’ website. Details here.

The organism is like an ecosystem in many respects. It is highly complex. And like the ecosystems, it is useful to look at its complexity is in terms of organised, nested heterogeneity. The simplest kind of nested heterogeneity is a fractal structure – with fractional dimensions in between the usual 1, 2 or 3 - that is similar on many, if not every scale. Fractal geometry offers a ready mathematical description of the simplest kind of organised