Fred van Zwieten

Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Netherlands

About Fred

Languages

Dutch, English

I'm passionate about

Saving the planet

Comments & conversations

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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 2 years ago
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full
I just found an article in my feedreader that I tought I should link to here: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-04/new-research-tracks-40-year-old-prediction-world-economy-will-collapse-2030 It's basically a resarch that finds were right on track on the predictions made by the club of Rome.
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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 2 years ago
Daniel Pauly: The ocean's shifting baseline
Mr Pauly will get what he asked for. Here is a quote from Cameron: "Avatar 2 narrows the spotlight instead of just nature in general or the rainforest. It focuses it a little more on ocean issues, because we have a planet that's a blue planet. From a distance, you look at it, the Earth is a lot more blue than it is, you know brown, the land mass. We're making the oceans unsurvivable for a lot of the species right now. For a lot or reasons. It's just a way to focus a little energy in that direction."
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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 3 years ago
What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"?
As an example, look at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/10/solar-power-breakthrough_n_833483.html where you see a breakthrough on solar power. If we could invest the same amount of money into fundamental green energy research as is being put into nuclear and ways to get the difficult-to-get oil out of the ground, I am personally convinced 2050 is a reasonable goal. Other ways to make it work is through the wallet. In my country real green energy is more expensive than "grey" energy. Change this! Make green energy cheaper!
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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 3 years ago
NEDT, the "Net Environmental Damage Tax"
The main effect I want to establish with this NEDT tax is to make products that damage the environment more expensive than competing products that do not damage the environment. That way, the market will correct the producer by no longer buying their more expensive products. This forces the producer to clean up his/her act or stop all together. The fact that this tax generates money is, to me, a side effect. This money can be put to good use, for example repairing the damage. Another example could be to subsidize green producers, enforcing the effect. The less money the NEDT tax collects the cleaner the world will be.
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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 3 years ago
We need a political party devoted to maximizing the value of people's TIME.
No no, not a Time Party, but a Happiness Party. Why are so many political decision based on economics (it's NOT the economy, stupid)? Goverments assume money is the key driver for happiness. Goverments should measure the state of the country and there selfs by creating a "happiness Index". If it's money that makes people happy, ok. But in most cases it's not. If it's time that make people happy, put that on the agenda. It's time for the Happiness Party!
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Fred van Zwieten
Posted over 3 years ago
Do we need nuclear energy?
There are quite some developments in the nuclear industry. Let me first mention the new "traveling wave nuclear reactor" design from TerraPower. I'm not a MS fanboy, but Bill has invested in the right thing (again). These new reactors work on nuclear waste. I'm not sure what their waste product is and what the safety risks are, but it sure sounds promising. See here: gigaom.com/cleantech/terrapower-how-the-travelling-wave-nuclear-reactor-works. There is also a TED talk about it from Bill. Is this would work out, it's a game changer. Second, China want to build "greener" reactors based on "thorium", a much more available product than uranium. They also want to make so called "molten salt" reactors, what seem to be the same sort of design as TerraPower's. Don't get me wrong, i'm all for green energy. But the brutal facts seem to be the global warming if happening at a pace that rules out the development of enough really green sources of energy like wind, solar and tidal. So, nuclear has to be an intermediate solution. Development of these reactors take to much time, i agree. But a lot of this is red tape.