Radical plans to save us and the planet from climate change?

Are these the most radical plans to save us and the planet from climate change?

There are those who think that by eating vegan, driving a Tesla and smothering their roof with solar panels is the answer to global warming & climate change may believe they are the solution to saving the planet.

They do do their bit but Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University believes this is little more than a chink in a much bigger iceberg that is struggling to save us all from disaster. The professor, who is somewhat pessimistic but is above all a realist has been studying sea ice for half a century and says “Reducing our emissions is not going to be enough to prevent catastrophic consequences”. His new book “A Farewell to Ice” outlines his opinions, supported by fact and presents a number of radical and in some cases theoretical ways to avert the looming doom.

The professor, who is somewhat pessimistic but is above all a realist has been studying sea ice for half a century and says “Reducing our emissions is not going to be enough to prevent catastrophic consequences”. His new book “A Farewell to Ice” outlines his opinions, supported by fact and presents a number of radical and in some cases theoretical ways to avert the looming doom.

His new book “A Farewell to Ice” outlines his opinions, supported by fact and presents a number of radical and in some cases theoretical ways to avert the looming doom.
In A Farewell to Ice 4 radcial plans to save us and the planet are worth having a looking at. These are:

Salt Spraying Ships

This is like something out of a James Bond movie where a villain tries to take over the world but it is actually theoretically real. A bunch of Edinburgh University Engineers have designed a flotilla of boats equipped with powerful pumps that pump

A bunch of Edinburgh University Engineers have designed a flotilla of boats equipped with powerful pumps that pump sea water hundreds of metres into the sky and then spray salt crystals into the clouds to reflect the sunlight that is melting the Arctic and Antarctic ice. The plan is to send fleets of these boats into areas where there are more persistent or larger volumes of marine cloud cover such as the Californian and Chilean coasts

The plan is to send fleets of these boats into areas where there are more persistent or larger volumes of marine cloud cover such as the Californian and Chilean coasts

Carbon Vacuums

A handheld vacuum cleaner in the sky really does set the mind racing but Peter Wadhams reckons this will dramatically reduce global warming. By vacuuming up all the greenhouse gases that warm up our planet is pretty drastic and requires quite a lot of imagination. “Direct air capture of CO2 is something the whole world should be putting its research money into,” Wadhams says. He also believes there has not been enough effort in building a vacuum for this purpose and that people lack any sense of urgency.

By vacuuming up all the greenhouse gases that warm up our planet is pretty drastic and requires quite a lot of imagination.

“Direct air capture of CO2 is something the whole world should be putting its research money into,” Wadhams says. He also believes there has not been enough effort in building a vacuum for this purpose and that people lack any sense of urgency.

The Supersized Space Mirror

The sun, we all know, is partly to blame for the warming up of our planet and if some of its heat can be reflected back, it would ease the global warming worry. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the possibility of launching a giant mirror into orbit to protect the planet from the sun has more than just been discussed. However, Peter Wadhams is somewhat sceptical purely because not

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the possibility of launching a giant mirror into orbit to protect the planet from the sun has more than just been discussed. However, Peter Wadhams is somewhat sceptical purely because not practical plan, as yet, has been put forward and the cost would be outrageous.

Sparkle Blasting Balloons

The title alone sounds like something from the Powerpuff Girls but experts and researchers in the US and UK have proposed just this… Sparkle Blasting Balloons.

These balloons are not as innocent as they sound as they are not ordinary balloons. The balloons are part of a bigger offensive plan also using planes and missiles that intends to shoot sulphuric acid or sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere to fill the sky with sparkles thus reflecting it back. This crazy plan, according to Wadham does have some promise.

However, this plan does have a potential flaw in that the ozone layer be depleted.

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Living in harmony with Nature is the key by which most of the life charm is revealed. That is why it is so extremely important to understand this simple belief that the natural order of things is a group of repetitive rhythmic processes that affect our health, physical strength and spiritual balance.

The instruments functioning in Nature affects the human being, which is a part of the world… that’s why we try our hardest to supply you with as organic, locally sourced, environmentally friendly produce as possible. We source local and seasonal produce from South African farmers that we trust.

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What to take on a hike up Lion’s Head?

So you have decided to take a hike up the iconic Lion’s Head? However, realizing that Lion’s Head is not limited to professional hikers alone, those reading this may very well be largely unprepared when thinking of tackling the great Lion’s Head. There are a few very important pointers which should be taken into mind and ticking off your checklist before even attempting the summit.

It definitely depends whether your hike up Lion’s Head will be a daytime voyage or one of the full moon journeys, as well as noting whether you will be alone on your venture up to the peak of Lion’s Head, which is never advised or whether you are in group. For the sake of this article, there will be two checklists, one for the day, and one for the night, because we definitely do not advise ever hiking alone unless you have some serious kung-fu skills and have been hiking for ages we take for granted that it will be two or more hikers taking on the Lion’s Head summit.

Daytime Hikers Checklist:

When the sun is high in the sky and Cape Town boasts her beautiful blue skies, the slopes and peak of the beautiful Lion’s Head sees many group of hikers as well as fitness fanatics jogging up her slopes. Below is an imperative checklist for the average daytime hiker:

  • A Backpack / Rucksack: When hiking, no matter when or where, taking a backpack is important to carry all those extra little goodies which usually leave your hands free to tackle climbing the chains and ropes which are present on your journey up to the peak of Lion’s Head.
  • Water: If you’re not going to take anything else, make sure you take water, especially in the daytime hikes, keeping hydrated is one of the most important things when venturing outdoors.
  • Sunscreen / Sun block: The sun in South Africa can be quite brutal on the skin on a good day, sun block helps to protect you against dreaded things like cancer and burning blisters.
    Sun Glasses
  • Hat: Cape Town is known for her windy nature which comes without warning, it is advisable to take a hat with a neck string so when the wind decides to come up, it wont take your hat with it.
  • Good Hiking shoes
  • Clothing: The peak of any mountain has the potential to be a little chilly even on a warm day, taking a wind breaker, or a warm jacket even if you put it in your rucksack will always come in handy.
    Trail snacks
  • First Aid Kit: Plasters, bandages, gauze and something akin to bactroban is always a good idea for any unplanned nasty cuts that could take place on your hike.
  • Camera: It is breathtakingly beautiful on top of Lion’s Head, keeping those divine memories is never a bad idea. Remember to take spare batteries.

Full Moon Hikers Checklist:

Full moon hiking up and down the beautiful slopes of Lion’s Head, seeing many hikers gathering on the peak to view the incredible vista that is the Mother City, illuminated by the large full moons that Cape Town is famous for. Below is a checklist for those night time hikers or would be hikers, this checklist is imperative if you are planning on taking on the peak of Lion’s Head:

  • Headlamp / Torch
  • A Backpack / Rucksack
  • Water
  • Insect Repellent: It is known that there are mosquitoes present on the slopes of Lion’s Head, insect repellent is definitely a good idea.
  • Good Hiking shoes
  • Clothing: Definitely take a warm jacket or wind breaker on a night time hike. Cape Town nights can get rather chilly.
  • Trail snacks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Camera: You cannot miss taking photographs of the incredible full moon hikes.
  • A blanket: Just in case you would like to have a seat under the large full moon up top the peak of Lion’s Head.

Whether it be day or night time, if you planning on going on a hike, Lion’s Head is definitely the perfect choice, even for the beginner.

1, 2, 3, 4 Beaches… Camps Bay

When entering the Clifton, Camps Bay area, youlle know you have by the energy and hype of all things fantastically plastic and perky, designer labels on every single body you pass, million rand cars give way for their sporty superior pricey tagged models parked along the road for all too see and of course a collection of the most exceptionally attractive women you can find in South Africa, this might also very well be the reason that topless tanning on beaches 1, 2, and 4 is definitely not frowned upon.

There are 4 main beaches before you get the famously beautiful Camps Bay Beach. Starting from Camps Bay moving backward, we find the locally frequented beach, 4th beach. It’s a divine spot for all who dig their toes into its white sands, there are rock pools to swim in and many dare dive off the high boulders into the sea, however this is not advised for people that are not strong swimmers. 4th beach is perfect for picnics in the sun, so bring a beach umbrella for the particularly hot days as well as an ample supply of sun tan lotion, it is also the one beach besides Camps Bay that sees the common sport of volleyball and more often than not, there is a person or group of people practicing the ancient indian art of yoga. Nothing like some spiritual exercise on the exquisite 4th beach.

The Mother city is home to the pink rainbow, it has one of the largest concentrations of gay people in the world, and 3rd beach is a well known area frequented by men, it is the known spot where gay men may be free and let it all hang out, hook up and perhaps find a friend or two. It is not a nudist beach, Sandy Beach is kept apart for that, but 3rd beach does ‘belong’ exclusively to the gay men of Cape Town. It is a beautiful beach but has had its tabboos and cannot really be labeled good or bad if one has not experienced it for themselves. 2nd and 1st beach are rather smaller and quieter, not frequently visited and more isolated. The seas are a little unfit for safe swimming as the currents around the surrounding boulders make it a little more dangerous than the other beaches.

If an excellent upmarket experience is what youre looking for with white beaches and the more than often topless tanner in sight, then the Clifton-Camps Bay area is where your looking stops. Remember that for an overall beautiful unlabeled beach, Camps Bay main beach is definitely the beach that you should choose.

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Names of Past

We mentioned a few weeks back that Bantry Bay and Camps Bay have not always been so named. Clifton, too, has a history behind its name. Around the same time that Botany Bay (now Bantry Bay) was established, what we know as Clifton was called Schoenmakers Gat, or Cobblers Cave. Apparently a Dutch East India Company deserter made his home in a cave in the area and made his living by mending the shoes of farmers who passed by on their way to sell their produce in Cape Town. Sadly, he was eventually caught and returned to the Castle, presumably as a prisoner. A century later, in around 1890, a woman by the name of Bessie Clifton ran the only hotel in the area. Holidaymakers attracted by the wind-free beaches built cottages on the beach, on land leased from the City, and by 1923, 90 cottages had been built at what was by then called Clifton-on-Sea. Over time, the name changed to Clifton. The original beach bungalows were very small, due to being built from the packing cases that conveyed imported motor cars. It was only during the 1990s that the City eventually sold off the leasehold land. Sources: Wikipedia Clinton on Sea Luxury Accom Image: User Typho on Wiki