Global warming

Original posting: January 20, 2015 By: Tom Owens

It was bitter this morning but little or no wind. I decided it was good for large format but a location I had in mind had changed so I went on a road trip looking for suitable vistas in the -4C conditions. I ended up in Felixstowe just as a DFDS vessel left the mouth of the port but further down the quay I noticed tugs fussing about a Maersk vessel. Then the plume of marine diesel fumes disgorged from the funnel and lo, another dose of carbon to fuel the global warming issue.



Marine traffic on that constant circumnavigation of the globe is the biggest contributor to carbon exhausts into the atmosphere. This is another aspect of change that needs to be recorded alongside our developing project. Global marine traffic and cement manufacture. What can we do about it?


Comments from original blog:

Keith Locke · January 20, 2015 Reply

It looks every degree of minus four, well done Tom for braving it.

Tom · January 20, 2015 Reply

I’d gone up to Landseer Road to try and get some illuminated views of the East bank but being vertically challenged, and not having a tall enough stepladder in the car, I backed out of it and headed to the Northern Fringe and thence to Landguard. Opportunistic as I was scouting for Edgelands down Bucklesham Road and had no option but to turn left onto the A14.

Peter Ellis · January 21, 2015 Reply

I love the muted tones of the Maersk image Tom, as Keith said very cool!!

The question of Diesel fumes is another one – I think that big ships are not too bad when you work out the amount of emissions per tonne carried, not when compared to the trucks that carry the containers onward… I don’t know what the eventual outcome will be, we will either evolve or die. The planet will give itself a shake and wonder what that relatively short period of human contamination was all about and get on with the time of the Insects!!




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