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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6030 on: August 29, 2013, 07:35:24 pm »

Really, worrying about shit like this instead of (say) what hydroelectric dams do to waterway ecosystems is pretty much rage-worthy.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6031 on: August 29, 2013, 07:48:42 pm »

ebbor, what is your avatar?
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6032 on: August 29, 2013, 07:51:00 pm »

ebbor, what is your avatar?
It's the guide.

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Really, worrying about shit like this instead of (say) what hydroelectric dams do to waterway ecosystems is pretty much rage-worthy.
You were going to need to build those dams anyway for energy storage.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6033 on: August 30, 2013, 05:32:59 am »

Dams are definitely worse than solar panels. I'd be fine if we had a survey of what a bunch of solar panels would actually do to the desert, and it turned out it didn't have an adverse effect on the environment. Until then, however, I'm voting we still need more data.
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« Reply #6034 on: August 30, 2013, 05:47:23 am »

I'd say that more damage would be done to the environment by the installation and maintenance of the solar panels than by the shadow they cast (though that is a valid point).
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6035 on: August 30, 2013, 05:56:18 am »

On a side note, do we have any idea what effects the large reflection would have on local weather systems. Not that it'll make much different, but it could change local weather.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6036 on: August 30, 2013, 07:41:45 am »

We... kinda' do? I mean, urban areas. More or less. Reflection or heat trapping being the cause of it is fairly irrelevant, I think? Effect would still be more or less the same. Not that there isn't plenty of reflection going on in those areas, too.

I don't think the (currently) better large scale solar options would have that much of a problem, regarding that. They're basically just freaking gigantic mirrors concentrating sunlight on a point. Not much heat/light spewing around everywhere. You don't want that, anyway. Wasted energy.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6037 on: August 30, 2013, 07:56:56 am »

We... kinda' do? I mean, urban areas. More or less. Reflection or heat trapping being the cause of it is fairly irrelevant, I think? Effect would still be more or less the same. Not that there isn't plenty of reflection going on in those areas, too.
Urban areas increase temperatures by 5 to 10 degrees . Depending on time and location. The effects of that aren't very neglible, but they're drowned out by the effects of the mass of steel and concrete

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I don't think the (currently) better large scale solar options would have that much of a problem, regarding that. They're basically just freaking gigantic mirrors concentrating sunlight on a point. Not much heat/light spewing around everywhere. You don't want that, anyway. Wasted energy.
I meant that the light is reflected rather than wasted on the ground, resulting in lower temperatures on average. Probably neglible, but the effects exist.
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« Reply #6038 on: August 30, 2013, 12:38:08 pm »

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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6039 on: August 30, 2013, 04:18:33 pm »

"A pint of ice cream is snack sized." -stupid person who apparently can't read the label on the back of the ice cream container
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6040 on: August 30, 2013, 05:08:01 pm »

While I'm open to the idea of solar panels being harmful, it seems implausible to me.  The world is already littered with millions of organic solar panels called plants.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6041 on: August 30, 2013, 05:17:22 pm »

While I'm open to the idea of solar panels being harmful, it seems implausible to me.  The world is already littered with millions of organic solar panels called plants.
Well, cover the desert in plants = No more desert.

It's not because it's organic that it can't be harmful to the environment.

((Starting to get a bit tired of the Organic/natural stuff is automatically good argument))
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6042 on: August 30, 2013, 05:19:13 pm »

Perhaps more relevantly, our solar power and the solar power of plants are far different. Which is quite a shame, because if (and likely when) our solar power's efficiency is equal to that of plants, they will be very powerful indeed.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6043 on: August 30, 2013, 05:31:29 pm »

Perhaps more relevantly, our solar power and the solar power of plants are far different. Which is quite a shame, because if (and likely when) our solar power's efficiency is equal to that of plants, they will be very powerful indeed.

As with many aspects of science and engineering, copying nature might be the best bet.
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Re: Amazingly Stupid Things You've Heard People Say
« Reply #6044 on: August 30, 2013, 07:32:32 pm »

"Michael Jackson bleached his skin." -person who didn't do any research before saying this.
No, he didn't. He had a skin condition. Look it up.
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