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Old 06-17-2018, 07:07 AM   #211 (permalink)
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As [MERIT] says, there are other ways to generate power, but trying to improve one aspect of the environment so often has a detrimental effect on another.

On the topic of Las Vegas - yes, that's a long way to pump water, so the best solution would be to go local. This I'm sure is just a fantasy: put solar panels in the desert around Vegas. As the night air cools, water condenses on the underside of the panels, dripping off to form a gushing river of fresh water.

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So now they seem quite sure, it’s heat and drought

As the trees’ water reserves are transferred to the leaves the trunks become too dry and brittle hold together. Pretty simple. We’d be wise to take heed.
^ Thanks for that follow-up, and for the perfect lead-in for some water conservation advice:



That flow rate of ten gallons a minute for a garden hose is pretty alarming! On the subject of car washes, I am enrolled in a system called R.A.I.N. by which God comes round and washes my car for free.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:48 AM   #212 (permalink)
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Making them and upkeeping them requires petroleum though. If there are workarounds it's like making pie without sugar.

But yeah, the most important thing is coming up with the clean alternatives before we run out.

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This I'm sure is just a fantasy: put solar panels in the desert around Vegas. As the night air cools, water condenses on the underside of the panels, dripping off to form a gushing river of fresh water.
My first thoughts were the desert air is too dry and the underside of the solar panel would be too warm but googling around it does look like solar panels are being used to harvest water out of the dry desert air.

If this turned into a massive project in Nevada and Arizona actually creating rivers would that cause droughts elsewhere?

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Old 06-17-2018, 08:32 AM   #213 (permalink)
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Dear Negative Nelly,

Unfortunately trying to improve the environment is all to often like trying to cover yourself up with a swimsuit that's too small: you can pull it across to remedy the situation in one place, but then you're exposed again somewhere else.

Not exactly in the area of stopping droughts, there is some cause for hope about water management. There are a couple of developments in the science of irrigation in which it seems that for once, we might be able to get something for nothing, or to be more accurate, the same crop yields for less water:

i) AWD or Alternate Wetting and Drying: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altern...ing_and_drying

ii) CAPRI or Controlled Alternate Partial Root-Zone Irrigation: https://academic.oup.com/jxb/article/55/407/2437/496050

I hope this information will help to restore some degree of optimism at least,

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New NPR headline

Global temperatures reach extreme highs, breaking records
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Then maybe they should stop with the goddamn chemtrails 24/7.
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They missed a spot over my house though.
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More Than 100 People Have Died In Japan's Record-Breaking Rainfall
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^ Yeah, that seems a surprisingly high death toll, but then Japan is a very densely populated country and there've been landslides too which are really devastating.

Turning away from extreme weather to find something to be cheerful about:-

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

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I lived there for a decade teaching English. 3 locations. I learned a bit about their infrastructure and how it’s designed to meet various natural disasters including flooding and landslides. For a country with so many safeguards that’s a very high number. The same storm would’ve had a much higher casualty in a less developed densely populated Asian country, like say Bangladesh.
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