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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Of course, even wind power isn't a particularly brilliant power source.

    When was the last time (when was the first time?!) you saw anyone ask how harvesting the energy from atmospheric pressure differentials will affect downwind weather systems?

    • It would be interesting to see some research work on that, but I would hazard a guess that the reducing the energy of surface winds in the first 100m of atmosphere would not make a sufficiently large difference to the other 100km of atmosphere.

      When we start erecting wind capture arrays a kilometre high, that could all change.
      • I would hazard a guess that the reducing the energy of surface winds in the first 100m of atmosphere would not make a sufficiently large difference to the other 100km of atmosphere.

        Plenty of living things really like the first 100m of atmosphere -- many more than like the other 100km of atmosphere.

        • by Alias (5735) on 2008.06.04 2:23 (#63161) Homepage Journal
          Huh? Living things? You were talking about weather patterns...
          • That's the thing. I don't know if enervating the kinetic energy of the densest 100m of the atmosphere will have any effect on living things or weather patterns or both. I'm not a climatologist, and I've never read or heard a climatologist's expert opinion on the subject.

            Then again, I don't call telephone psychics either.