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posted by Cactus on Friday February 28 2014, @03:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the breaking-wind dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"At the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, spoke in a session on renewable energy.

Jacobson was invited to speak at the conference because he has developed a roadmap to convert the entire U.S. to renewable energy using primarily wind, water, and solar generated energy. His detailed analysis includes looking at costs and benefits on a per-state basis, including the obvious benefits to human health from reduced pollution. One of his slides showed a very unexpected benefit, however: taming of destructive hurricanes with the help of offshore wind farms.

Jakobson's study, co-authored by Cristina L. Archer and Willett Kempton, has been published in Nature Climate Change (full text available here)."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Fluffeh on Friday February 28 2014, @04:48AM

    by Fluffeh (954) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @04:48AM (#8280) Journal

    Tornadoes and Cyclones are actually a method for transferring a huge amount of HEAT away from where it is. It is basically a global heat distribution system. The more energy is pent up in the equatorial belt, the more it needs to be distributed away and towards the poles.

    If this system potentially drains these cells of the energy they contain by sapping at the wind energy it's a good thing - but if that heat isn't being dissapated as needed it might not actually be as good as it seems in the long term. Too much heat in the oceans leads to some very dire consequences.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by ls671 on Friday February 28 2014, @07:57AM

    by ls671 (891) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @07:57AM (#8363) Homepage

    Well, just connect those wind mills to giant electric heaters in the north and south pole and there you go. The heat will be transferred without the need for hurricanes ;-)

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  • (Score: 1) by similar_name on Friday February 28 2014, @08:27PM

    by similar_name (71) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:27PM (#8748)
    >Tornadoes and Cyclones are actually a method for transferring a huge amount of HEAT away from where it is.

    IANAM, but isn't the transfer of heat what creates the tropical cyclones? In other words, the storms don't move the heat, the heat moving is what creates the storms. I wonder, since these will presumably be within 100 miles of the shore, these storms dissipate when they hit land, how much will it change global patterns? And with climate change, it's like getting energy from fossil fuels twice. That last one is a joke, sort of ;)