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I'm all for using methane as a biproduct of sewage or composting, however "natural gas" used to heat homes, generate electricity, or power cars is a misnomer. Natural gas from oil companies for these purposes are just them selling us the methane biproduct of fracking. Solar > natural gas power plants and heat pumps > natural gas heaters.

Unfortunately, most methane used today is contributing to global warming and increasing the profitability of fracking and oil.

It's akin to how dairy companies get whey as a biproduct when they skim milk and instead of throwing it out, they started selling it for protein powder and as a food additive to increase profits.

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That was the case for most of the time heat pumps existed which is why the claim that you can't use heat pumps in very cold climates is still common.

However, the technology has improved significantly and there are now modern cold climate heat pumps which have eliminated the need for natural gas furnaces. Over 2/3 of households in Norway use heat pumps today.

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This was a really interesting and informative post. Thanks OP!

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Honestly, these cooling tech ideas would all go great in an Urbanism wiki.

@ProdigalFrog What do you think?

Google accused of misleading consumers to grab more data for ads ( techcrunch.com )

Italy’s competition and consumer watchdog has announced an investigation into how Google gets users’ consent in order to link their activity across different services for ad profiling, saying it suspects the adtech giant of “unfair commercial practices.”...

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The new head of search Prabhakar Raghavan used to work at Yahoo search which he drove into the ground.

You can read more about it here.

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Our prisons are designed for revenge and punishment not just to those going to prison, but to have a terrifying affect on others.

So ironically, the use of 5 years prison time is the real terrorism, in the literal sense of trying to make people terrified of protesting and of putting someone in a cage for 5 years.

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There's more people complaining about those protesting the climate than doing literally anything about it. Be the change you want to see and don't poo poo others who go about the same goal in a different way.

Say it with me: we need a diversity of tactics.

Because that's how it works, right?

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A three frame meme.
George Costanza
First frame:
Why do billionaires care if they lose all their money?
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They'll just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make it all back with their unbelievable work ethic.
Jerry Seinfeld
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Plus if they’re poor, all the money will trickle back down to them, making them rich again.
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We need some catchy name for a "buy from local businesses" day that we can propose on prime day.

Nuclear too slow to replace coal, and baseload “simply can’t compete” with wind and solar, AEMO boss says ( reneweconomy.com.au )

The head of the Australian energy market operator AEMO, Daniel Westerman, has rejected nuclear power as a way to replace Australia's ageing coal-fired power stations, arguing that it is too slow and too expensive. In addition, baseload power sources are not competitive in a grid dominated by wind and solar energy anyway.

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I certainly agree that we've gotten much better at safely producing and storing. However, with climate change worsening, we continue to have unprecedented natural disasters in unexpected areas which concerns me the most.

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We have structured our businesses and governments to have a hierarchy where naturally the person at the top has the most authority. Then, we reward the social dominators in society by setting up the perfect system for those who crave authority to achieve authority over others.

As long as this continues, the next violent weirdo who wants maximum authority will fill the job. Since people like that exist and humans are fallable, then we shouldn't let anybody have that much power.

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This is the way! And it's surprising how many gorgeous native species of flowers exist.

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Elon is also supporting right wing authoritarians who want to dismantle climate protections and promote coal, oil, and gas.

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I found this image online and now that I see it was created by AI, the hypocracy is obvious.

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Word.

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Imo what you're saying is reasonable not just for kids but for everyone - we need spaces for outdoor recreation and sport. And that includes some amount of native grasses. That being said, if you go through a suburb, most lawns are not used for that purpose and certainly, almost every boulevard is wasted. Many neighbourhoods either lack public parks, or the parks are not safely accessible by bicycle.

That's where the whole nolawn discussion comes in: to stop making lawns the default. They have a place, but we're overdoing it to the point of pushing out native species and pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

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@thatsTheCatch Looks like you accidentally posted the same comment twice.

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This was a great, succinct article. Here are a few key points that I noticed:

The important result here is that the efficiency of your air conditioner decreases as ∆T increases — e.g., as the outside temperature goes up.

the work required to keep your house at a fixed temperature Tc increases with the square of the temperature difference between inside and outside temperature, ΔT².

Let’s use the same numbers from the previous example: you want to keep your house at 75F. If climate change has increased the outside temperature from 96F to 100F, the energy your air conditioner consumes increases by (100-75)2/(96-75)2 = 252/212 — this is an increase in energy consumption of 42%!

Averaged over an entire day, the increase will be less than this because ∆T is smaller for much of the day (e.g., at night) But the result is robust: climate change is driving exponentially increasing energy demand for cooling.

People with financial means, who work in air-conditioned offices and live in climate-controlled homes, can handle rising temperatures by simply paying for more electricity.

However, a significant portion of the global population lives the hot life. These people live in homes without air conditioning, work outdoors or in warehouses or kitchens with no climate control.

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Nothing to add other than this rules!

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Also, OP may want to consider x-posting this to !SolarDIY

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In my opinion, there are greater influences than voter turnout on climate policy. The corporate lobbying, aggressive PR, and disinformation has influenced the state more than any vote. There have historically been no candidates to even vote for that cared about global warming.

And the oil and gas corporations themselves have influenced voters in the same way. Embedding oil into masculinity, lack of global warming discussion in the monopolized media outlets, etc.... Attempts to keep information and awareness from the average voter and make us doubt global warming and even defend oil companies.

IMO, the American state's impulse to protect capital and monopoly is the primary reason the climate response has been so poor.

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Looking forward to seeing it! :) consider posting on !balconygardening

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Nice! That's a heck of a lot of potatoes! Watch out PEI, there's a new farmer in town. ;)

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It's great to hear that "every outcome is open science / open source" with permissive licenses for the common good instead of a patent.

Continuing this theme, Liberapay would make sense as an option for contributing.

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There is no one universally right way to do activism. We need a diversity of tactics.

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Contradiction: Copenhagen, notably walkable and bikeable city, was razed in the first half of the 20th century for parking and roads to make it more like an american city of today. They rebuilt before being the active transport friendly city that is now is.

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This may be off-topic for Solarpunk Farming.. What do OP and others think?

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I had a similar observation when watching it, particularly around eco-modernism.

As Giorgos Kallis put it,

"eco-modernism — that is, the idea that all environmental and social problems can ultimately be solved with the application of technology, and that the only solution to the problems of modern technology is more modern technology."

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I can't wait until more YouTube creators move to Peertube + donation platforms like Liberapay!

A Modest Proposal: /c/pleasantpolitics

There is clearly a problem that most of the politics and news communities on Lemmy are unpleasant places to take part in discussion. People yell at each other. The tone of disagreements is that of saying what your opinion is, and insulting the other person if they don't agree with your opinion, or a bunch of people giving quick...

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Can you please comment on:

  1. What programming and/or scripting languages are used in your tool
  2. Whether is uses an LLM
  3. How the algorithm functions from a high level
  4. What user data is stored on your machine
  5. If 4 applies, then any measures taken to secure that data and maintain privacy.

My intention is not to be pedantic, but to learn more about your proposed solution. I do appreciate your thoughtful answers in the comments here.

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