"Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and British billionaire Richard Branson
announced a $25 million prize for scientists who can devise a way to reduce
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and help combat global warming."
Read more here. I say excellent. There are a lot of critics out there concerned that this is an indication Al Gore has given up on the ability of the world to decrease its CO2 emissions. He says no, he just thinks that we should do both. Branson, the Virgin CEO and new addition to my list of people I admire, says the truth that the rest of the world may change sooner, and start to release less CO2 into the environment sooner, but the USA is going to be slower to change its harmful effects on the environment. Asked if he thought Al Gore, whose documentary on global warming has been nothing short of genius, was some kind of a prophet, he says the rest of the world does and some Americans have caught on to his good deeds as well. I beleive this was all going down in today's Good Morning America. No commitment here, I watched several news programs this morning.
This whole global warming thing, doesn't amaze me too much. I understand how the emissions work to become harmful to our environments. However, my chemistry labs with Mr. Agolla had me convinced I was to worry more about CO and not CO2 emissions, since CO2 is supposed to be stable as a compound. Of course I inject my organic chemistry and I can see how everything starts to fall apart. But if you recall that in organic chem, almost everything ends in H2O and CO2 unless it ends in one of the functional groups (unstable), when you force a reaction... I digress and I'm also at risk of sounding like a geek. Where I was going with this was, how does one find a way to grab CO2, destabilize it, force it to react with another compound or element and create usable, stable compounds as the products of these reactions; that benefit the general population with no harmful residue. I guess whomever finds this answer will be the recipient of the 25M put forth by Gore and Branson. I believe the answer lies in that law of physics where energy is not wasted but converted... But doesn't this shut anyone with no access to a lab out of the prize? However, the labs in the secondary schools in Kenya (the ones I know), I don't know about the universities can start working on this. It's organic chemistry. We've all played with how these things interact... someone should challenge them to get involved.
It has occurred to me the answer might be as simple as planting huge trees and shrubs that absorb huge amounts of CO2 during the day and release very little by night. All these around huge CO2 emission plants and cities. Maybe the real research should be testing CO2 absorption and emission by various plant species.
Enough about that. Anna Nicole Smith died. The entire shock by people is surprising me. Mark Steines from Entertainment Tonight did an interview with her about 10 days ago, her last one it turned out. He kept saying she was in high spirits about her new home in the Bahamas. Well, the footage shows an Anna Nicole Smith who, to speak honestly, is so high, she is devoid of facial emotion. She could barely express herself. The only thing I could think of is she needed to be in a rehab center and I was concerned that she was looking after a new born in that condition. The truth, though not convenient at the time of her death, is Anna started dying months ago. Her drug abuse was out of control and what she needed most was someone to force her into rehab. Not tell her she is happy, or she is right or whatever. All that didn't matter and it sure doesn't anymore for her. Now her daughter, Dannielynn, has to grow up without a mom, a brother and hopefully she will be with her correct paternal parent soon.
At the end of it all, It's sad but it happens. Life is temporary. And that is just another one of the inconvenient truths we as mortals have to live with.