A guide to the use of language at the G20.
What's the difference between a million, a billion, a trillion?
A million seconds is 11.57 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.Western civilisation has not been around a trillion seconds.
One trillion seconds ago - 31,688 years was well before the peak of the last
ice age (20,000 years ago).
A million minutes ago was - 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes ago.
A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.
A trillion minutes ago was 1,901,280 years ago, Homo Erectus was just
emerging, and lasted a further 1,500,000 years. Homo Sapiens started to develop about 100,000 years ago.
A trillion pounds is so large a number that only politicians can use the term in conversation... probably because they seldom think about what they are really saying.
If they start using the T word, we are in very deep trouble.
Lord Drayson was a receptive audience for scientific constituency issues this afternoon.
This is the future of medicine where stem cells will be deployed to previously impossible techniques to cure problems in all parts of the body from the brain to the immune system. In Newport Lifeforce have several world patents for parking our pristine immune systems. The white blood corpuscles are held in three secure deep freezes. If the immune system is attacked by chemotherapy, aids or radioactivity the immune system can be restored.
The UK has a world lead in regenerative techniques. It good news that Obama has dropped the anti-scientific objection to stem cell experiments in the USA. Bad news for Britain because the Americans may well overtake us in research.
Lord Drayson was also concerned that the equivalent of two Olympic size swimming pools of ozone depleting CFCs are discharged to the atmosphere every year because of poor extraction techniques.
Sims in Newport have the best record of safely dealing with 500,000 fridges a year. They are being undercut by other firms who cut their prices by poor techniques that leak CFCs to the atmosphere.
This was a worthwhile meeting with the minister. I will raise these vital issues with the appropriate departments.
Buried beneath the news of the financial aspects of the G20 is other earth shattering news. Mini-summits held on the G-20 sidelines were equally important in this regard. Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao for the first time. Obama has for weeks been talking of a new beginning to repair the damage in relationships of the Bush years.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other high-ranking members of the administration have already visited Beijing and Moscow. But diplomacy has always relied on personal meetings between leaders. Hence the White House assigned a high importance to the meeting with Hu and Medvedev and talked of a "trip with high stakes."
Obama agreed with Medvedev to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the US and Russia by one-third. A new disarmament treaty needs to be negotiated by the end of the year, when the 18-year-old START 1 treaty will run out. Nuclear disarmament would be a good beginning in the bid to improve relations between the two countries once more.
Obama is fulfilling his promise of reshaping a brave new world.
The Tory Assembly leader used an odd turn of phrase yesterday. It provides more evidence that he is an alien. He said that the video on the Aneurin Glyndwr website left him "HOLDING HIS SIDES IN MIRTH". No-one has spoken like that for a long time. Possibly he has learnt his English from an ancient book - possibly 18th century.