When the wind is blowing, the great plains could generate enough power to supply all of America, but storing and moving energy to supply those places where the wind isn’t blowing, the sun isn’t shining and the tide isn’t coming in is a significant technological challenge that we’re still figuring out.
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It’s 2017, which means a week cannot go by without a megastorm potentially devastating some part of the planet. As Hurricane Ophelia fades from headlines, now all sharp weather eyes are turning to Typhoon Lan in the western Pacific Ocean. The storm is currently churning to the east of the Philippines, slowly moving over someRead More
43% of Canadians believe “science is a matter of opinion,” 47% think the science of global warming is “unclear”; 24% of Canadian millennials are anti-vaxxers, all according to a Leger survey of 1,514 Canadians.
The key numbers are up from last year (climate denial was 40% last year).
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Tesla sells both 60kWh and 75kWh versions of its Model S and Model X cars; but these cars have identical batteries — the 60kWh version runs software that simply misreports the capacity of the battery to the charging apparatus and the car’s owner.
This model of technological fuckery with a long, dishonorable traditionRead More
Skycool Systems is a Stanford spin-out that uses panels composed of “layers of silicon dioxide and hafnium oxide on top of a thin layer of silver” to convert the waste-heat from air-conditioners’ heat exchangers into 8-13 micrometer radiation, which passes through the atmosphere and radiates into space.
The company’s models predict that usingRead More
When the Tories led the UK into its disastrous Brexit referendum, the Conservative cheering squad of Westminster right-wing thinktanks immediately celebrated the impending “wide-ranging … revolution on a scale similar to that of the 1980s” that included “removing unnecessary regulatory burdens on businesses, such as those related to climate directives and investment fund[s].”