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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:02:44 PM »
Ages ago I read that peat renewal takes about 6000 years so from some viewpoint it’s renewable... hah.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2019 melting season
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:09:52 PM »
Hmph, too complicated...

The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), also known as the lammergeier (or lammergeyer) or ossifrage, is a bird of prey and the only member of the genus Gypaetus.

The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:27:08 PM »
Hmm. I have a feeling that british parliament has difficulty in believing that the deal with EU is what it is, no more negotiations available. And as May’s government hangs on with North Ireland minor party etc.... (sarc) Perhaps the best NI solution would be that EU buys it from Britain. There are similar cases, Napoleon sold Louisiana to US and Russia sold Alaska to US. The area would be declared some kind of separate area with some special rights etc, no? (/sarc)

As I have not seen this linked here, islandboy at peak oil barrel site is writing at least three articles about commercial vehicles. As there might be people who are interested, here is link to first one

Second one is also out.

Interesting quote:

A September 19, 2018 article from titled, With Proterra Investment, Daimler Pushes Electric Bus Development stated,

”Proterra opened a factory in the City of Industry, just east of Los Angeles, last year. It said the plant would be capable of building 400 electric buses annually in its 100,000-square-foot space.”
Again these numbers should be seen in the context of 1,900 electric buses a week being manufactured in China.


Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: April 26, 2019, 05:51:50 PM »
Here in Finland sunsers have been unusually red, first idea was sand fom Sahara, now the actual cause has been found and it’s grass and forest fires somewhere in Ukraine and other East European parts...

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:32:22 PM »
Fortum is starting lithium battery recycling, some info here

They intend to add European batteries to the program.

Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:51:33 PM »
The track options have been studied and it seems none of them could be profitable, so let’s hope that this amounts to nothing... but during the last few years the politicians have been able to ignore the reality in other matters, we should be not too hopeful.

Developers Corner / Re: Test space
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:31:13 PM »
Perhaps it’s just me but my ipad / safari does not allow mp4 for some reason... I should try to find if it’s some setting or whatever. I get the ’run video’ icon with a slash over it...

Policy and solutions / Re: Space colonization
« on: December 23, 2018, 01:40:50 PM »
Weeeelll... moon dust just got a lot more dangerous...

From New Scientist:

To estimate how many radicals would be produced in humans after exposure to lunar dust, Donald Hendrix at Stony Brook University, New York, and his colleagues took dust from two iron-rich minerals – olivine and augite – found on the moon, and soaked it in a liquid that simulates human lung fluid.

After 15 minutes, the two minerals had released about nine times more hydroxyl radicals per litre of fluid than quartz dust, which is highly toxic.

I do suspect that as we are adapted to our environment the very technical environment we would be forced to live in Moon and Mars (and also the gravity is weaker among other things) would be very problematic on many levels...

Arctic sea ice / Re: Latest PIOMAS update (November)
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:24:14 PM »
I do not have actual numbers but eyeballing the Baltic sea ice perhaps since 2001 or so, the ice area has been consistently below the average. Just been looking at the simple comparison charts... oh, and the open watr temepratures have also been above average.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:17:41 PM »
Somehow that Ben Evans quote reminds me about how certain phonemaker had great hardware on many levels but could not adapt fast enough to compete with more software based companies.....

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:53:43 PM »
Not sure if people follow the PeakOilBarrel pages, recently there was interesting post by dr Minq Li from University of Utah where conclusin seems to be that globally oil production reaches the maximum around 2021. Individual countries can go much further, 40’s etc.

Cannot say if the evaluations are too optimistic or otherwise, using official sources etc, but if interested here is the link...

Wierd or anecdotal?
The heat and drought in Sweden since May is not enough, we are still flying abroad more.
7-8% more travels this summer. The sun is obviously a lot better around the Mediterranean Sea or in the US.  ::)

They probably have a wish for skin cancer or something from higher UV radiation....

Here in Finland there has been very little rain for the last month and a half, so farmers are fearing losses... now some rain is promised, so perhaps we get 45 days of ongoing rain...

For some reason this remindee me about some old westerns where you had to leave your guns at town border......

Walking the walk / Re: Is solar thermal heating out of date ?
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:15:36 PM »
Perhaps that depends on the location... e.g. We have lots of trees - not on our yard so cannot do much about them... and so only solar water heating is so far only practical, as electrical solar panels would be shadowed by some branches most of the day. Also there are two hills that create shadow early morning and late afternoon, and I’d guess that people living in houses on those hills would not be very delighted if I’d try to level the hills.......

Policy and solutions / Re: Aviation
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:13:26 PM »
Well, I have no idea if these flying cars / helicopters will work - but ages ago I read somewhere that a helicopter needs eight times the fuel as a similar size aeroplane for the same travel. And as it seems that we do not have good enough batteries for cars then these electric helicopters are a waste of resources and will be available only for the more well-to-do...

Antarctica / Re: Rift in Larsen C
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:32:04 PM »
Of course we all know how much ice is underwater but for the general piblic it might be instructive to show how much ice there really is...

Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:25:42 PM »
The finnish astornomical society, Ursa, ( ) has calculated where the meteor landed from received reports. Probably now the remnants are covered in snow, so there will be an attempt to find some of them in the spring.

This year’s pics seem to have a wrong year?

The forum / Re: Login broken [update: should be fixed now]
« on: September 21, 2017, 06:48:42 PM »
Works now, well done!

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:37:47 PM »
I have driven on US roads (e.g. Boston in winter when I had to go near the saltwater truck to get my windscreen clear of the snow as the car's windscreen water (can't remember the name for it in english now...) ran out veery quickly...) and when I compare it to roads here in Finland the conditions are quite different... here use of studs on wheels is very common and the road surface is accordingly in need of redoing in three to several years, depending on traffic. Just wondering what that saltwater or studs would do to a glasslike surface... at least scrathcing, electric shorts in short order...

So perhaps those 'solar roads' could be built in places that do not have much need of maintenance and wear and tear on the road surface. Difficult to imagine such a place... also all trees and buildings would need to be removed or situated far enough so that they do not shadow the surface too much...

The forum / Re: login broken
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:28:45 PM »
As above, the login page works, the main login does not...

Policy and solutions / Re: Ships and boats
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:27:28 PM »
I have a sailing boat where the old diesel engine was replaced with electric inboard motor with largish batteries in 2004. Year ago I upgraded the old solar panel that had taken care of the house batteries for more than 15 years with more efficient panels so that now I can charge also the engine batteries at 24 volts with a suitable controller. In theory I could now use the panels to directly move the boat at one knot in calm weather... usually I wait for the wind...
This of course requires different attitude to sailing, as the batteries can move the boat for something like 5 to 30 sea miles, depending on the used speed. Usual mode for diesel using sailing boats is to start the iron genoa when speed drops to somewhere like 2 to 4 knots or would require beating into wind - for me it's better to accept even very slow sailing and contemplate the sea, islands etc...

The balance of heating and cooling depends of course on the length of the corresponding periods, but as such I've beentold by air heatpump installers that one would use three times the energy to cool down a house compared to heating it same amount of degrees...

Radio news here told that a 4.0 earthquake would have taken place...

Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:29:51 PM »
Silkman, and others: you need to be careful with those nets as birds can get caught in them. I've seen such things in neighbours garden long time ago... especially when bushes started to have the berries...

There have been some temporary railways on ice in the northest part of Baltic after the WWII when an exploded bridge was rebuilt. Otherwise, there have been no railways on e.g. on the Finnish Gulf...

Pics of steam engine going thru water is rather unsettling, water splashing and passengers standing in carriage doorways as if ready to jump if the ice does crack...

News today told that ice area in Baltic is lowest ever measured for the date. No details...

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2016/2017 freezing season
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:15:53 PM »
NeilT mentioned Baltic Sea in his post above. I do not have now any exact info about ice hereabouts, but as a boat owner I have sort of keen interest on when ice comes and goes... generally the ice has been coming later, melting earlier and having less are in last 10 years or so. Last time that the Gulf of Finland had full ice coverage was sometime in the start of 2000's - and that only to Hanko level...

I'm trying to find some data from Finnish Meteorological Institute about ice cover, etc - at least the data is not easily found on their site...

Arctic sea ice / Re: I'm updating the ASIG next week. Any tips?
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:48:01 PM »
Splendid! Thank you Neven for your perseverance!

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:00:08 PM »
Today's news told that Saudis etc have reached an agreement on curbing oil production down to 32,5 million barrels a day, if I heard right. I wonder whether this happens (somebody needs a bit more money) or is this something about 'we can't produce that much anymore, let's agree on something...'

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: November 05, 2016, 09:29:47 PM »
Finnish Technical university in Lappeenranta has developed a global model on how the renewable energy could be distributed...

Simulation brings global 100% renewable electricity system alive for the first time

A new model developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) shows how an electricity system mainly based on solar and wind works in all regions of the world. It shows the functioning of an electricity system that fulfils the targets set by the Paris agreement by using only renewable energy sources.

The global Internet of Energy Model visualizes a 100 percent renewable energy system (100%RE) for the electricity sector for 2030. It can do this for the entire world which, in the model, has been structured into 145 regions, which are all visualised, and aggregated to 9 major world regions.

"With the simulation, anyone can explore what a renewable electricity system would look like. This is the first time scientists have been able to do this on a global scale." says Christian Breyer, LUT Solar Economy Professor and a leading scientist behind the model.

Science / Re: Carbon emissions, totals, trends, etc
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:16:02 PM »
At least here in Finland the air to air heat pumps are considered to work up to -20 C for the best models; also it's said that they need to be kept running even when colder, to prevent outside unit from freezing - at least some models are 'thawed' at some point with sort of reversing the heatflow from inside the house to outside unit, if I have understood the workings correctly.

Last winter was not very cold hereabouts so cannot say if there would be real issues in even colder situations - at least the different versions, air to air, air to water etc have sold well here.

Arctic sea ice / Re: What the Buoys are telling
« on: August 17, 2016, 10:31:26 AM »
Somehow looks similar to smaller scale stuff in local boat harbour - you see ice there and it's clearly changing color, thinning, there is some open water here and there, and when it all goes it disappears very rapidly, many times in a day or so (I'm usually working at boat every day in spring...). I'm sort of afraid that something similar in lafge scale could happen in the arctic...

The rest / Re: A must read
« on: July 29, 2016, 11:42:46 AM »
And as an anecdote of how the governments, press, nearly everybody thinks: today's paper had the editorial demanding more growth and so on, BAU etc. And to insult all the intelligent people on this forum, more growth -> more energy and resource use and so forth...

No politician wishes or dares to say that current situation/economy/whatever is as good as it will ever be, it could be downhill from now on...

The rest / Re: A must read
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:25:32 PM »
JMG has just put up an article about '' about why the different climate activists etc have not been able to achieve results... main issue in his opinion is that the message has been only doom and warnings - that people need also something positive in the messsage etc. and that in many aspects the relevant experts haven't succeeded politically...

In comments are already several thoughtful comments on this - and probably there will be lot more later... one that I did not much notice was that for many ordinary people the threats are somewhere in 'far' future or that 'they will think of something'.  Also the discussions in this forum show that issues are complicated and all that - how to communicate those so that enough people in all layers or classes of our societies really take action? I have no idea...

Policy and solutions / Re: Bikes, bikes, bikes and more...bikes
« on: July 10, 2016, 11:22:28 AM »
It seems that prices are a bit steeper than ordinary electric bikes. German site has a configurator that shows price for minimum battery as 26.849,00 €.

Of course you get a lot more than in a e-bike but still...

Does that definition sort (5 years in row) sort of ignore the variability of ice cover etc - winters will rebuild the ice for a long time (at least one year.... ;) ) and the following year could have weather that changes the melt rate to 1.1 million or greater in September... so bit more flexible definition might be better?

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:40:21 PM »
Sorry, I'm getting the usual googleic splitting of the "Your kids Arctic sea ice!" to different combinations... verbatim: Your search - "Your kids Arctic sea ice!" - did not match any documents. Reset search tools

Science / Re: Mauna Loa CO2
« on: April 20, 2016, 09:57:40 AM »
I'm usually following the rather shorter than Mauna Loa developments in Pallas-Sammaltunturi measuring station in northern Finland. It seems that it took about 4 years for the average value to go from 390 to 400, 2010 to 2014, so the 420 mentioned above would happen with same rate near the 2022.

The rest / Re: Wildlife
« on: March 29, 2016, 07:08:49 PM »
An osprey nest on top of a seamark in Finnish archipelago. Live feed and seemingly rather slow static picture. Also other sites in link 'MUITA KAMEROITA' (= other cameras). There used to be english version but I could not see it now...

The rest / Re: Europe - Collapse dynamics
« on: February 25, 2016, 12:37:20 PM »
Well, perhaps there is something taking place... we'llsee if this means much.

I'm sort of wondering that in Russia situation, with oil price, cost of doing even minor military action etc there is some weak hope that some progress will be made.

OTOH, Europe has something like 300 million people so few million refugees might have only local influence - but if politicians wish to promote some agenda they are of course usable source  material to whatever their policy is (xenophobia, racism, fear of other, vigorous new people to workforce.... )

Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but India...
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:34:59 PM »
Inveeetment environment in India could look a bit difficult from foreign viewpoint; a few years ago India tax officials required Nokia (the ex phone maker, you know...) to pay additional taxes although there was an agreement between Finland and India that India should not demand anything in this context. Don't know the details, but I think that the relevant factories in India remained with Nokia and were not transferred to Microsoft when the whole phone business was sold to MS.

So perhaps there is some wariness in some corners of big businesses - they might suspect that the business environment in India is  not stable enough...


Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 01, 2016, 03:16:24 PM »

So far I haven't had anything to add to the several interesting discussions by persons who know a lot more than I... but at last something that I haven't yet noticed in the forums. A Finnish electric bus company is now building 12 fast-charging buses for testing in Helsinki area:

I'll go and get a ride in one when they get them to traffic... there will be probably quite a few news about them in finnish media at that point.

Also they have got contract for something similar in Copenhagen.

Seppo S.

The rest / Re: Ice sheet photography tips
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:33:00 PM »

As I have tried more unsuccesfully tried to get photos of mostly snow, only thing that I can now add (you probably know that...) is to use RAW images and postprocess. Perhaps stacking multiple images in suitable programs etc could help...

Seppo S.

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