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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: 2) by TheRaven on Friday February 28 2014, @11:44AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:44AM (#8428) Journal
    Note that it doesn't have to drain all of the energy from a hurricane, and it certainly doesn't have to do it all at once. Hurricanes build gradually over time, and constantly sapping a little bit of the energy from the wind over this time may prevent it from building to the threshold where it can draw energy more quickly (as I recall, the rapid cycling of the air between hot and cold allows the weather system absorb energy increasingly quickly and become a hurricane - if you slow it down early enough, it may not).
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