A lot of ideas have been proposed for alternative energy. However, looking at conditions here in Alaska, I wonder if any of them will work at the level needed here in an arctic or sub-arctic environment. Solar is out for about half the year and not much for the rest. Hydroelectric dams harm the fish populations, and don't work when the rivers are frozen. Wind farms harm birds, disturb wildlife with noise, use up large quantities of land, and only work when the wind is blowing. Add in the increased needs here with the need for reliable winter heating. Transportation is another, with most of the state accessable only by air, and those few roads sometimes going more than 80 miles between fuel stations. Lastly, add in the large distances in the state and the problems of transmission losses for electricity. Considering these together, is there a way alternative energy can prove effective in Alaska?
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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