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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, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Friday February 28 2014, @11:15AM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:15AM (#8419) Journal

    One of the hallmarks of fossil fuels is the host of negative externalities from their use: acid rain, smog, staggering atmospheric carbon, oil spills, wars for control of supply, etc. The idea that forms of alternative energy could have more positive externalities beyond the avoidance of the negatives of fossil fuels intrigues me. Abating the force of hurricanes is certainly one I would not have expected. I wonder if mass adoption of solar covering roofs and parking lots (gazebo-style) would reduce the heat island effect of cities. Or if land-based wind turbines formed into phalanxes outside communities in tornado alley would afford any similar protection.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 1) by hendrikboom on Friday February 28 2014, @04:06PM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @04:06PM (#8565) Homepage Journal

    It won't abate the heat island effect of cities if the energy generated in the city is used in the city. It'll all end up as heat.