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I am an honours graduate (BSc. Hons. Strath-Glasgow) coupled with an MBA-ICG (Paris) , experienced, Metallurgist - Materials Scientist and Engineer & Manager turned Consultant & Blogger. I specialised in Superalloys (aero-engine_Seminal Work peer reviewed & published IOM3_MST, Feb.1985, the 2nd issue of this now well known journal dedicated to the fundamental aspects in our multidisciplinary subject area ) My experience over a wide range of Special Alloys is extensive. (Cryogenic,Controlled Expansion-Dilatometric,Magnetic, Corrosion Resistant Grades and finally HSLA-Aircraft Undercarriage. (Great Stuff-I was lucky) My responibilities were especially in Melting & Refining to 1st Forming stage. Responsibilities include QC,QA & Accounting, Melt/Remelt Process  & Products, R&D.  Bilingual English-French. 
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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Roadmap - The Most Urgent Issue Facing Mankind - Climate Change and Energy from The Financial Times

The following introduction:

"Climate change – and its wider impact – is incontestably the most important issue facing mankind today – and tomorrow, too. It affects all people, regardless of nationality, faith or colour. In the first of a three part series Financial Times looks at the science of climate change-link html. "

was first posted on my "Conversations-on-Innovations" original blog on Thursday, June 05, 2008.

This declaration from a "Financial World Leader" comforted my earlier decision (June 2006) to put the "Climate Change & Energy themes" to the forefront of my blogging activity while struggling to integrate this with my professional interest in metallurgy, materials science - processes and product applications! When I think back it is a logical almost ineluctable progressing rooted in a deep felt interest in nature, understanding nature through science. Could this be the subconscious reason to my blog title and personal reminder:

"This-above all, to thine own self be true"?

and provided the driving force to return into declared realms of leadership, management , typical Scottish "canniness" or prudence through an avowed attempt to overview and comment upon the Foresight approaches in the present blog. "This-above all".

Three or Four other remarks maybe worth making:

1. It is not surprising that The Financial Times echos, what is almost entirely credited to the UK Economist, Stern, ex-director at the World Bank and Chairman-co-ordinator of famous Stern report.

2. This foresight on the looming economic and financial crises was insufficient to hive off the current "recessionary trends." There could be an alternative title for this blog "When will we ever learn?" as a famous song by three apostles-saints, Peter, Paul, Mary, goes.

3. To quote, roughly from memory (yesterday 081116 on french radio) the "best President France has never had", Michel Rocard, ex-Prime Minister and true statesman the current french Left-wing appear to have ignored:

"The present crises is an economic one compounded by the currently absurd financial system."

NB. a personal remark - the cynicism of "some" top managers" lets say those in the news ( The Bankers) appears to have no limits. Not only are tax payer bail-outs not to be squandered on end of year bonuses but that we are expecting the "evil gains of much of the last 8 to ten years maybe more" to be put more important good use - in a transparent way.