This week we look at the possibility of converting wood to gasoline on a commercial basis. It sounds pie-in-the-sky but as the price of fuel inevitably rises this sort of environmentally-friendly alternative is looking increasingly attractive.


Plankton bloom January 2020 caused by Australian bushfires (Tang et al 2021).

Our recent post A Bloom as Big as Australia has proven to be popular.

Clearly we have much still to learn about the Carbon Cycle as discussed here:

First Get the Science Right.

There is a real danger that any net-zero-emissions agreement will be little more than a politically correct charade with little reference to real-world physical processes. As a resource-rich country with a low population density we could lose out badly under such a scheme and finish up the whipping boy for densely-populated, resource-poor countries of the Northern Hemisphere.

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Our new header is a view across Tasmania’s Derwent Valley looking south towards Collins Bonnet.

John Reid, Editor