(a) The 50% reduction in bird deaths they link to seems inadequate given the desire to cover the whole planet in windmills.
(b) It also fails to mention bats which are more affected than birds in many places.
(c) Google grabs the best renewable energy, then disingenuously implies that everyone can do as well.
(d) I guess they put in that picture of the landscape covered in windmills because they think it will induce a warm glow in the reader's heart. This defies belief.
For wind though, I was hoping we would be at the stage of using those horizontal turbines in the ocean, work at much slower speeds with insane amount of torque, would hopefully significantly decrease animal death.
Fusion would be nice, but once again we seem to have started wrong and got stuck. It is interesting to read about fusion producing lots of neutrons, though getting power out is difficult. So why not use fusion to produce neutrons and combine that with fertile (but not fissile, i.e. not explodable) fission?
A lot of value in nuclear shipping:
Previously ( Group Selection of Humans ) I convinced myself that humanity finds a balance between in-breeding and out-breeding. I now think that the balance is more like an oscillation, as balances often are. Here’s the story: There was a discussion about I...
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All 5 of my parents' granddaughters are now married (and what an inspiring quintet (quintuple?) of young women they are). Thinking about my mother I thought I'd mention some of her battles with the (self-appointed, pseudo-) experts.
1. My mum insisted that butter was healthier than margarine, against the "experts" put up by the processed food industry. This has recently been proved right. She was also strong on the importance of other particular foods: brains (from sheep) and liver. Her ideas on these things come down from her ancestors. It is shocking how easily we abandon traditional knowledge these days. Expertise used against traditional knowledge needs a high standard of proof.
2. My mum was a great believer in the health benefits of sunshine. This has been proved right, though the anti-sun propaganda continues to push the damaging zero-sun policy. I should say that my reading leads me to believe that this is not just about vitamin D. The body uses UV to break down toxic organic molecules in the blood. This is extra important for people (like me) whose liver is not working 100%. An example of this, that is not in dispute, is bilirubin that causes jaundiced babies.
3. My mum was a strong believer in fresh air in houses. We are faced with a strong push from the Green movement for housing to be built tight as a drum and heated and cooled with heat pumps. I think my mum will be proved right again. Even if you are not in a Radon area (are you sure?), sealed houses get various sorts of toxic build up. All my life I worked in air-conditioned offices and I'm very pleased to have escaped that.
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