...as the Green Party candidate in my local area. May 7th 2015 (unless the election is called earlier for some reason...)
Wish me luck!
When Sea Level RisesWhen Sea Level RisesWhen Sea Level Rises by coshipi
Or possibly falls.
You push a boulder up a small rise
Out of a little dip
It may roll away
Far down the other side of the hill
Into a valley you couldn’t see.
The climate could be like that.
Quite likely it’s up hill all the way.
There are nuclear power stations
All around the coast.
If sea level rises
They’ll get swamped.
A half metre rise doesn’t sound much
Has made wide flat areas
That absorb storm energy
Half a metre of extra depth
Will mean they absorb
Very much less
And every storm will batter
Anything on the coast.
Are better than Soviet ones
So they said
And Japanese reactors
Are just as good as British ones
So they said
If sea level doesn’t rise
Because the changing climate
Goes the other way...
Then the Ice Is Coming
What advancing ice
Will do to nuclear reactors
Doesn’t bear thinking about.
Even just a lower sea leve
Travel conflictConflict between the desire to see the world, and the desire for humanity to be good stewards of the worldTravel conflict by coshipi
Travel is energy intensive. It releases a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is especially true of air travel, but most other modes of travel aren't very good, either.
Trains can be fairly good, particularly if they don't try to compete with flying in speed. They're good for freight, partly because no-one minds if it goes a bit slower, but also because it doesn't need more leg room on longer journeys.
Ships are even better than trains for freight.
You'd think that trains and ships would have the same advantage over flying for passengers as they do for freight, but it's not quite true. The reason is that when people travel more slowly and so take more time on a journey, they need more space to move about, more facilities for eating and washing, and lavatories. This is a big issue when you're considering the choice between a few hours in a plane and a few days on
Intercity glidersEach city has a glider launching station at about 40,000 ft up, supported by tethered balloons. Gliders are hauled up to the launching station by electric winches, and passengers go up to the station either already inside the gliders, or in special lifts - also raised by electric winches. The gliders are launched by catapult, and then glide down to a landing strip at the foot of the tethers for the launching station at the next city.Intercity gliders by coshipi
A well-designed glider could easily fly 320 miles (probably much more) from that 8 mile high launching station, with an average speed of around 80 mph. If the cities are further apart than that, then you need an intermediate station. To cross the Atlantic, you need floating islands (tethered to the sea bed) at intervals all the way across.
These are BIG gliders, of course - similar range of passenger capacities to conventional aeroplanes.
The huge advantage over conventional planes is fuel saving. This system really would use much less fuel, for several re