Monday, 15 September 2014




The Foodtubes Project Team are presenting and discussing this planet saving project with scientists engineers and students at Imperial College London, at 4 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday 3rd December 2014. Dave Wetzel who was Vice-Chairman of Transport for London will describe the impact on cities and citizens, Noel Hodson will outline the new project as a basis for a new global transport industry and new jobs, and Professor Taylor will respond to technical questions from the audience.

We need all those who are concerned about environmental issues - governments, banks, pipeline companies, freight companies, food companies, civil engineers, architects and concerned citizens etc. to attend and to badge the event, organize a reception at Imperial College after the discussion and help to create a 5 minute video. Event details are on the Imperial website and on Eventbrite.




(NB - I assure you that the planet Earth will be OK. But we might not be).

Disintegration of Larsen B ice shelf. The Larsen B ice shelf began disintegrating around Jan. 31, 2002. The ice was partly on land, sitting on the sea bed, so flotation will raise sea level slightly. It measures 3,250 square kilometres by 200 metres thick - and is one of thousands of carefully observed changes due to global warming.

15 September 2014 - This floating island of ice, which has slipped off the Antarctic continent, is about the size of Rhode Island. It is 200 metres thick and is melting. Most of Antarctica's 14 million sq km LAND area is covered in thick ice - up to 5 km thick in places. It is this land based ice melting at both Poles, on Greenland in the north, that is raising sea level - and that will cause more unpredictable extreme weather and coastal flooding. The US has an area of 9 million sq km. Losing the ice-shelf releases glaciers from inland to flow faster into the sea; a process which has been observed by NASA from satellites and by ground based teams.

Warmer Air Caused Huge Ice Shelf To Collapse Off Antarctica, Scientists Say

The global air and water temperature increase in the last 100 years is on average 0.5 degrees centigrade. The North & South Poles are warming faster than the world average but no scientists will yet predict how quickly the ice is melting. But it is melting - and will cause coastal floods where 5 billion of us have our homes. The other 2 billion will be overwhelmed when the 5 billion migrate. My opinion is that we cannot take the +0.5C back out of the atmosphere and oceans and that the planet has reached a tipping point, but the majority of science hopes that the process can still be halted - or at least slowed - by reducing the amount of global warming gases we humans are pumping into the air. 

Whether or not we can reduce the threat - some immediate Can-Do initiatives will reduce global-warming gases and prepare civilization for rising sea-level. 

1) PIPELINE SUPPLIES - Most major transport hubs are at sea-level - including, counter-intuitively, seaports; which will be submerged. Despite floods we must keep pumping vital Water & sewage, Oil and Gas. 

Fortunately there are today more than 1 million km of large diameter pipelines efficiently transporting these vital commodities across the world, over mountains and underseas. With
Part of Europe's large diameter gas pipeline network.
Over mountains and under seas. Dry goods are next.
intelligent modifications to low lying switching stations, these pipeline-lifelines will continue to function and continue to enable modern civilization. 

FOOD & GOODS - We have conceived, over 7 years, a most efficient way to enable dry goods to be auto-transported as cheaply ($5 per capsule) and effectively as Water, Oil & Gas; in lightweight capsules, through one metre diameter pipelines. 

The new system is called The Foodtubes Project and is being presented at Imperial College London on 3rd December (See notice below). 

Foodtubes has the advantage of being "shovel ready", simple to understand & to install in most countries -  in 100 km self-sustaining, individual, highly profitable loops, with fully automatic routing and it will significantly reduce global warming gases. It uses only 8% of the energy/diesel used by existing systems - and replaces 30% to 50% of freight transport vehicles from our streets, rails, airports and seaports. If your dad is a lorry driver, he won't lose his job. This is evolution, not revolution.

With FOOD, WATER, OIL & GAS supplies being secured via pipelines- humankind can survive and adapt to the coming changes. Can we install even more pipes under London & New York and between cities? Ever wondered what your great-great grandparents thought of the radical plans for the installation of London Underground or the New York Subway? Ever wondered how every home in our great cities is served with fresh water - without millions of water-trucks jamming our streets - and you never see or hear it, the heaviest of all cargoes, being delivered? 

Pipeline transport is 150 years well-proven and is flood-proof. Think of the Channel Tunnel. With modern no-dig civil engineering, pipelines are installed by moles, without digging surface trenches. There is no need for senior public servants to throw up their hands in horror, exclaiming as a lady at the UK's Ministry of Transport did 3 years ago "But its NEW Mr. Hodson - Its NEW! Public servants are overworked and underpaid trying to keep existing transport systems running week by week. New systems need new corporate muscle and resources alongside government support. 


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From Imperial College, London, Centre for Transport Studies, 

Dear Noel,


Thank you very much for your email and for the details. Please find your seminar live on our website and on Eventbrite.

The seminar will last 60 minutes and we will allow 40 minutes for your talk with a question/answer time following. I will send an invitation to our mailing list one week before the seminar. I will also confirm the room of your seminar closer to the event.

We are looking forward to your seminar.

Best regards,



2) Equally useful in addressing both global warming today and preparing the coastal margins for flooding, are the Dutch /Nederlands construction of homes and villages that float when the floods arrive. These are real buildings that exist now. All regions subject to flooding should build them. 

As my Utopian E-novel AD2516 - After Global Warming (see cover in right hand margin of this page) forecasts, such amphibious structures will lead to entire floating oceanic cities being built. The UK and US have world-renowned marine engineering skills that are up to the task. Such cities will be self sustaining and will put Noah's Ark in the shade, like a matchbox next to an aircraft carrier. Boris Johnson's London Estuary Airport plan ought to be for an amphibious airport complex. 

It is time to get on with it in our Can-Do society - regardless of whether the Scots, next week, lamentably, cut themselves adrift from Great Britain and drift away into the North Sea.

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