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Comment Maybe electric cars are no good for China at the m (Score 3, Insightful) 28

A large part of their electricity is produced in coal power plants, which don't even have sufficient filtering for soothe and sulfur oxide. An electric car running from such power plants is way worse for the local and global environment than a petrol car. More CO2, lots of additional SO2 and soothe.
They should focus on these power plants and on their kitchen fireplaces first.

Comment Re: YES (Score 1) 313

Maybe intentional overbooking is forbidden. But several airlines sell tickets that allow you to fly anytime without prior notice.
So, how does that work, if several people with such tickets decide to take a fully booked flight? Someone else will be told that the flight is overbooked, and the people with their expensive flexible tickets get what they want.

Comment Re: We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

I think this effect of tectonic plates swimming on the molten lava below could completely eliminate the effect of melting of ice on the sea level, which would explain why it is not seen in measurements.
And I have a similar problem with the temperature rise simulations. They don't include any cloud formation in the simulation. They say that if because they are not sure if the effect is positive or negative.
I think it is quite obvious that clouds have a very strong effect on temperature, and that their formation changes with the temperature. I wonder if they are really unable to simulate these, or if they don't want to because the clouds could reduce the warming effect too much.

Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

No. This story itself is not so bad, but I also want to read stories on processes that weaken the effect. For the actual numbers we can only rely on the scientists. I want to see that they actually see the whole picture, and not do a simulation that results only from a search for problems.
For example, when looking into sea-level rise I noticed that the weight of the water from molten ice will increase the pressure on coeanic plates. This will move the oceanic plates closer to the core, while it will lift up the continental plates at the same time. This reduces the ocean level rise.
When searching for this I found a publication where this was actually simulated, from around 1985. I don't know if this effect is taken into count nowadays, or if it was forgotten about.

Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

I don't really want someone to say that everything is fine. I want to feel like I get a complete picture. And it is obvious tbat we hear pretty much only one side of the story, only the enhancing effects.
And I have read the scary predictions of a methane runaway too. But I don't see that much of it in the official reports, so I don't believe that the first reports were accurate. See, you can't just take up everything that fits your viewpoint or fears and take it for granted. You always have to question things to find the truth, and not end up at some extreme viewpoint.

Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 2) 293

That "runaway" process only releases the Methane that was captured since the last time that the temperatures were that high.
Also, complex systems not only contain some runaway processes (which always have a limit), but also processes that reduce the changes. I feel like we don't hear enough about such processes. The media and everyone else seems to prefer to spread panic to get the attention of their readers.

Comment What is he accused of? (Score 1) 94

Following the links shows that he was accused of spoofing, which is the creation of fake orders to manipulate stock prices.
After some gooling, the problem for me is: The 2010 flash crash occured on May 6, 2010, while the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which makes spoofing illegal, only came into effect on July 21, 2010. And it is a US law, which does not have an effect on the extradition from UK.

Comment Re: Perhaps (Score 1) 598

It is a matter of what you are used to.
You need to know a lot more numbers in the imperial system than in the metric system. In metric everything is just 10 or 1000. And how often do you need a liter 8 ways? Well, often enough that I know that it is 125ml, and that there are marks for this on measuring devices, but the point is that it is really not a problem.
And we still measure times and dates the same day, not in kiloseconds or whatever. This is not specific to the imperial system.

Comment Re:Not putting a spin on things (Score 1) 69

What's the problem with tidal locking though?
I once read that the backside would be so cold that the atmosphere condenses there. This is not what happens on Venus though. The dense atmosphere evenly distributes the heat around the whole planet, making the temperature nearly the same everywhere.
Thinking about Earth I would expect that a constant pattern of air streams could form which transfers the heat between hot to cold areas.

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