Andy Cunningham

Hobart Tasmania, Australia

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Andy Cunningham
Posted over 1 year ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
As a parent of two boys (9&12) I think it is imperative to teach them "grit" as a life skill. I think it is far too easy to blame teachers and schools for failing students, when we should be assisting them and inspiring them to be the best they can be. Thanks Angela for a fascinating talk.
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Andy Cunningham
Posted over 1 year ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
Thor-Magne, I see the Iceland cable as preferable to nuclear. Until nuclear fusion is a reality e.g. ITER project, I think nuclear fision is a hard sell to a post-Fukushima world. Wind, wave, geothermal and solar can all eat in to fossil fuels and have barely started to be developed. The problem is, vested interests in fossil fuels don't want us to change our consumption of their highly profitable products. This is why internal combustion engines have barely changed in a century.
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Andy Cunningham
Posted over 1 year ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
This talk was given just before the UK government announced it was in talks with Iceland to explore the possibility of importing renewable geothermal power. This would be via an undersea cable and could potentially supply a third of Britain's electricity needs. If the price was right I imagine this would be preferable to building more nuclear power stations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17694215
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Andy Cunningham
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is Hurrican Sandy proof of global warming?
For the climate sceptics I would like to point you to an amazing talk here on TED called Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss by James Balog. The former climate sceptic and National Geographic photographer undertook an extreme ice survey and made a fascinating documentary called Chasing Ice. I personally believe AGW is real but I don't think you can say one storm is proof of global warming but is consistent to an emerging trend. However I do think it's a wake up call for many Americans who burn a quarter of the world's oil supply. Will renewable stocks go up when the New York Stock Exchange reopens today?