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Whitewash on the Whitehouse

Nobel prize-winning scientist, US Energy Secretary and President Obama’s climate change guru, Dr Steven Chu, has said that painting the world’s roofs, roads and sidewalks (pavements) white will be as effective at reducing global warming as taking all the world’s cars off the road for eleven years. By Nicholas Cox

You have to hand it to the Yanks, they are clever, it must be the vitamin supplements that they put in their breakfast cereals. But I have a nagging suspicion that this might not be a new idea.

Didn’t we used to do it like that before Willis Carrier et al persuaded architects that we could maintain comfort conditions no matter how badly they designed their buildings?

In fact, wasn’t it just a few summers ago that I was sat on a Puglian hillside looking at the white city of Ostuni thinking that cities must have looked like that back in biblical times?

Changing the subject, I’ve just had an idea for an innovative form of transport that eliminates the annoying bump every time the square goes over a corner; I wonder if I should call my patent agent?