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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: THIS IS US February 7, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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Here is the thing. And it has nothing to do whatsoever who might be Prime Minister now, or in the immediate future. We think we are pretty special.

To provide full disclosure I am not sure what Dexter and Hannah think. There concerns are more terrestrial and immediate than galactic – if that can be conjured. No matter, if space were limited just to the Milky Way Galaxy, it would be vast beyond practical conception, and we would be very small. We may conclude we are insignificant.

There are different ways to calculate the number of galaxies. There are technological limitations. As we observe, directly and indirectly, the Earth with its tilted axis following it elliptical path in concert circumnavigating the Sun caught in the bounds of the minor Orion Arm of Milky Way, we are passengers on a living planet. Dogs, other animals, and mere human beings, as well as trees, are very special. This planet is pretty special, even if there is life elsewhere.

What was done recently to Australia Day, human beings are in the process of doing to the planet. And it seems that trees can play a large part in saving us from our folly. You know those things that are all around us when you are in the bush (alternatively the woods or the forest).

Louis Dowling in Bloomberg Business reports:

 Oxford University scientists, after a year of research, have determined the best technology to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming.

It’s trees.

They considered methods ranging from capturing emissions from factories and power stations to extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air, and adding lime to oceans to increase their absorption of the gas, a study released on Tuesday showed.

None were more promising than planting trees, or baking waste wood to form a type of charcoal that can be added to soil. Relative to other so-called Negative Emissions Technologies, afforestation and biochar are low-cost, have fewer uncertainties and offer other benefits to the environment, the research shows.

As always, mostly unnoticed trees feature in this weeks record of Dexter and Hannahs excursions. The music is “Golden Days” performed by Topher Mohr and Alex Eleno:

Friday was Waitangi Day, commemorating the 1840 treaty between Maori Chiefs and the British Crown. I was struck by the photo of the piper at the Dawn Service flag raising ceremony as the coincidence of two indigenous cultures.

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There was more going on including the following (via The New Zealand Herald):

And so I was reminded of Mark Knopfler:

Dexter and Hannah are as patient with my investigative digressions, as I am of theirs.

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