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  • How to deal with nosy annoying neighbors?

    0 answers 3 weeks ago Other - Environment
  • How, exactly, are adjustments made for the urban heat island effect in temperature measurement since 1880?

    The earth temperature since 1880 has supposedly risen 1.8 degrees since 1880. This measurement has partially been achieved by hundreds of weather stations around the world. I've been asking how adjustments are made to this 1.8 degree figure when the urban island effect is a factor. People here have been telling me that "adjustments" are made, but these people never give me any specifics. Do they subtract 1/10th of a degree when a one building is added around a weather station? Is it 2/10th degrees for two buildings? What if the building is taller than average? Do they subtract 15/100th of a degree? How, exactly, does that science work?
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • How might GM crops affect the environment?

    0 answers 3 weeks ago Other - Environment
  • Can a smaller solar panel drain a larger solar panel like smaller batteries drain larger batteries?

    Best answer: Hey J Man, first of all, any solar panels that run on the same voltage get along fine with each other. We have a 120 watt Kyocera, a 100 watt Suncatcher and a 53 watt Solarex panel all feeding the same controller, it all works fine. They are all optimized for 12 volts, which means they have open circuit voltages around 18 to 21 volts. Virtually all modern panels today come equipped with, "bypass diodes" in the junction box on the back of the panel. These are here for just such an application. A diode is nothing more than an electrical check valve, allowing current flow in one direction, in this case out of the panel, but not in the other, or back into the panel. So if your 120 Kyocera is delivering 7.5 amps at 18 volts, and your 53 watt BP panel is delivering 3 amps at 22 volts, then they both are feeding 10.5 amps into your controller, neither panel is draining the other one as long as all the panels have a open circuit voltage rating (Voc) that is higher than the battery voltage.

    Batteries can do that if they are wired in parallel and one is more discharged than the other, or if one is older than the other. This happens all the time on boats and RV's, the new battery wrecks the old one, so the owner buys one new battery to replace the old one, and guess what, that one now wrecks the other, and next spring he buys another and starts all over again. There is a great discussion of this in Richard Perez's book, "The Complete Battery Book," at the library. Richard was the founding editor of Home Power Magazine 35 years ago, he and his family lived off grid for 40 years, he was the guru. Just make sure your charge controller has enough Amps capacity to handle both panels simultaneously, you can find the max amp output of any panel on the data plate on the back listed as Imax. If you have a panel with an Imax of 7 amps, and another at 4 amps, you might get 11 amps on a good clear cold day. If you have a 10 amp controller, it might be a problem. You can always get a second controller for the smaller panel, just wire the battery side of the second controller directly to the battery, don't hook one controller to another. The controllers will get along fine with each other as well as long as they each have their own direct path to the battery. Take care J, Rudydoo
    0 answers 3 weeks ago Green Living
  • NOAA says earth's temperature rose 1.8 degrees since 1880. My fridge temp went from 34.0° to 35.8°. Should I worry about my yogurt?

    I have a temp control knob that goes from 1-10. It's just analog. I accidentally bumped it. It was a real catastrophe. And a bummer to boot! :-( My Jamie Lee Curtis yogurt has an expiration date of April 17. Should I eat it on April 16 just in case?
    0 answers 3 weeks ago Global Warming
  • I just bought a 25 acre property that has about 1,000+ old tires on it. Should I use gasoline or diesel to light them on fire?

    Best answer: Douse them all with gasoline. If you have bottle rockets, throw one of them in from a safe distance. That's what I would do. Otherwise pour a trail of gas out to a safe distance and light it. These people advising you to use diesel are p*ssies.
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Other - Environment
  • Should people in developed nations be required to be vegan? We don't really need meat, right?

    Meat consumption is causing global warming. Did you know cow farts release more co2 than cars? The meat industry is harming the environment, the health of humans, and the well-being of sentient animals. Furthermore allowing people to kill other sentient beings creates a culture that promotes violence and intolerance to other life. Humans don't need meat. So with all the harmful side effects that comes with meat, why is it tolerated? If the government can require most people to not drive drunk, it certainly can require most people to be vegan.
    10 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • Do you understand that solar panels are attached to every satellite in space and that they help power your cell phone?

    0 answers 4 weeks ago Green Living
  • Why is the ocean bluer away from the shore than near the shore?

    Best answer: Water absorbs red, green, orange, and yellow light, leaving blue light to reflect into our eyes. Hence we see large volumes of water as blue.

    If you have deep water, then as light penetrates into it, it strips out more of the reds, and greens, etc. It basically is a more effective filter of those colours because you have sufficient depth to remove more and more of those colours. The only light reflecting then from different depths is the blue light and deep water looks dark blue.

    If you have deep water, then the concentration of sediments and other particulates is reduced. These can reflect multiple colours.

    If you have shallow water, then it leaves some of the reds, greens, etc. so the light reflected looks a lighter shade of blue, or blue-green, etc. If you have sediments or particulates or marine creatures like plankton or algae, then these also reflect multiple colours and can be close to the surface so little absorption by the water takes place leaving these colours to reach your eyes.
    0 answers 3 weeks ago Other - Environment
  • Do you think climate change is as big a deal as they're making it out to be?

    Best answer: If you ignore the leftists shrill cries of gloom and doom, common sense tells you that it isn't going to kill you if it is 41 degrees outside instead of 40 degrees. Increased greenhouse gases should increase the night, winter and polar regions more and most 3rd graders understand that warming would be where and when it would be most beneficial. So assuming greenhouse gases work they way they are theorized to work, they cause a moderation in temperature making it a slightly nicer climate. Since you can't further a political agenda by warning people that it may be nicer outside, you get shrill calls from the green shirts warning us that we have to install their political agenda or we will all die in 12 years or 20 or whatever date they think they can get away with. They are liars, cheats and thieves and some are just gullible buffoons.
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • How can the human history of Greenland be related to climate cycles? 

    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • Infrared/Microwave Analogy?

    Best answer: That is exactly right. Radiation is one of the standard means of transferring heat energy. The amount of heat in anything is determined by the excitation of the atoms or molecules. When there is no movement or excitation of the atoms then that is absolute zero.

    One of the highly specialized sciences is that of Vacuum Deposition or the manufacturing of computer chips and such which have to be done under vacuum. In this operation IR is used since an object has to be heated. Since there is little or no air that would rule out either conductive or convection transfer. That object's molecules and atoms can be excited only by radiation.

    All radiation will excite molecules somewhat. Different frequencies act upon a subject in different ways. Different frequencies of lasers act in different ways. I just had a retina reattached to my eye. A laser was used. That laser's frequency was different than the one they cut steel with.

    These are just a few examples. But basically your assumption is correct. In the early days of television broadcasting we would use microwaves to transmit from the station to the tv tower or antenna. Now they use mainly fiber optics. We would heat our coffee with microwaves. But don't put your hand in that microwave. It will excite those molecules quickly and harshly. One man that I know of lost his hand from being careless.

    Whew! You really drew out the nuts on this one. One person has some units of heat as blocks, as if the sun sends us some blocks. It does not. The sun sends us radiation. Some of this radiation is in the form of light or the frequency within the band of light frequencies. It sends us other frequencies also but most of them are filtered out by our atmosphere. To make it simple we will only deal with light frequencies. The Earth's atmosphere does not filter out light, for the most part. And these light waves do strike the molecules of the atmosphere and heat up or excite these molecules. However that is insignificant to the light waves that get through and strike the Earth's surface and are CONVERTED to IR. IR now has a much more excitation power on the molecules and atoms of the atmosphere, for want of a better term. The sun doesn't send us units of heat. It sends us a form of energy that can be converted into units of heat.

    So again, your analogy is correct, if I am understanding the question right. The radiation of a microwave is sent out as just that. A certain frequency which has no heat value. Once this wave or ray strikes and interacts with an object, excitement of the molecules of the object by that ray causes a conversion of energy which can be measured by thermally sensitive instruments. This is quite different than heat transfer by conduction or convection where actual units of heat can be transferred. (or legos, if you will)
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • If I installed solar panels on an acre of land facing south how much money would I make from the power company?

    Or, would it be legal to produce and sell that much power over household needs?
    0 answers 3 weeks ago Green Living
  • If earth temps have risen 1.8 degrees since the 1880s, then how did the polar ice caps melt? Did the temperature go from 2 to 4 degrees?

    Best answer: The polar ice caps melt every summer and then freeze in the winter. It is something that has been happening for thousands of years. They never melt entirely and some years have far more melting than other years. There were reports of a near ice free Arctic over a hundred years ago and that obviously wasn't caused by our CO2. Greenhouse gases should warm the polar regions more and that is where most of the warming is reported but then again it is hard to trust the temperature adjustments.

    Yes, by average it means that it isn't rising that much in the US and even less in the tropics. When you read people talking about CO2 causing droughts keep that in mind because those sorts of predictions of drought are indicative of anti-science propaganda. These climate cultists want so badly to feel important that they are willing to inflict a really harmful political agenda, or so it seems to me. Another thing to keep in mind is that just because it is reputed to have increased, it doesn't mean we caused it. I suspect it somewhere less than 50% caused by us.

    So we are melting a little ice in the Arctic. Whoopty do. It hasn't melted much in the Antarctic and that doesn't help alarmists so they focus more on the Arctic and the ice there is mostly floating and won't do much harm if it did melt. If it did melt, it would probably allow a new shipping lane, allow access to more resources, increase arable land to the north, and more baby caribou will survive.
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • If earth temps have risen 1.8 degrees since the 1880s, then how did the polar ice caps melt? Did the temperature go from 2 to 4 degrees?

    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • Who are some global warming philosophers from pre-1970s?

    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • What is the global warmist's scientific margin of error for the 1.8 degree temperature rise since the 1880s?

    Best answer: I don't know what it is. I'm skeptical of that rise being accurately assessed. Obviously the number of stations a 140 years ago was much less. There are sometimes differences in how the temperatures are taken and when but they can adjust the temperatures accordingly. It is sometimes shown how adjusted temperatures tend to equal the warming. In other words, the warming may be due to the adjustments. Alarmists will of course deny this.


    <<<The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments. Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.>>>

    <<<In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.>>>
    “You would think that when you make adjustments you’d sometimes get warming and sometimes get cooling. That’s almost never happened,”

    In my opinion, based on these inconsistencies and questionable adjustments that always go one way, you'd have to be fool to have a great deal of confidence in their certainty. I know they can assign certainties to their studies but those sorts of things aren't worth anything if adjustments aren't based on legitimate reasons.
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • Are recent annual droughts in notable damp countries like Bangladesh and Brazil stark evidence of on coming Global Warming?

    Best answer: There have been droughts long before there were humans. We had those suggesting the drought in California was the result of our CO2 emissions but guess what happened. The drought in California is over so the zealots look for new places with droughts or floods or anything to push their hate filled political agenda.
    0 answers 4 weeks ago Global Warming
  • How to get solar light?

    0 answers 4 weeks ago Green Living