[ RadSafe ] Cold winters, Nuclear Power, etc.
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Thu Jan 19 16:12:24 CST 2012
From: _jpreisig at aol.com_ (mailto:jpreisig at aol.com)
Hope you all are well. Last night's Trenton Times (Trenton, NJ,
USA) had an article about an eminent
scientist doing work in global warming. He works for the NOAA Geophysical
Fluid Dynamics Lab
at Princeton University. He has received a prize of roughly $500,000.00
dollars from BBVA Foundation
Frontiers of Knowledge Climate Change Category. Sounds almost better than
a Nobel prize in physics
divided 2 or 3 ways. Nice work if you can get it, huh??? His work has to
do with CO2 and global
warming. I guess you can refer to the Trenton Times website or the PU
NOAA GFDL website,
to read about his work. His work involves human impacts on our
atmosphere, I guess.
I've been writing here on Radsafe about the influence of the Earth
wobbles (annual wobble and a
433 Chandler wobble) on the angle at which the Earth dips towards the Sun
versus time. VLBI and
other polar motion data can be gotten through the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center and other
French and USA websites. (The wobbles make up a significant portion of
the Earth's geometric
polar motion). Books on all this are Munk and MacDonald and Lambeck I and
II. The wobble
amplitude peaks have occurred in 1910, 1954, 1998, and so on. My posts to
Radsafe discuss all this
in some detail. Read them if you wish (posts are in the Radsafe archive).
The global warming cycle (recent) extends from 1976 to 1998 (and a
bit beyond as I stated
earlier). From 1998 to 2020 the next global cooling cycle due to Earth
orientation should occur.
(and a bit beyond). The next polar motion peak should occur in 2042.
Curiously, Princeton U's
expert in Earth polar motion, Dr. Tony Dahlen, passed on just a while ago.
In the next 5-10 years,
winters should be a bit less cold on the average and summers should be a
bit less warm on the
The preceding represent some of what is going on, research-wise, in
the field of global warming.
We should not ignore any of this work --- our ability to breathe and live a
full life may depend on
the outcomes of such work. Better safe than sorry on this scientific
issue. (I haven't made any
money lately doing polar motion research). Researchers in polar motion,
science, paleontology???!!!! are getting on the global warming research
funding wagon!!!! It's big
business (started by Al Gore???!!).
So, what can we do about global warming now???!!! I think we can
replace aging coal plants
(which are to replaced soon???) with nuclear power plants, if possible.
Homeowners can buy their
own solar energy systems, if they can afford them.
Governments with high population densities and/or very high
populations, can encourage
families to procreate on a more limited basis. One country in the world,
I know of, enforces family
growth limitation, and I think it is because it needs to happen. If the
world population could be
brought down by a factor of 1/2, I think life on the planet would be better
off. 1970's books like
THE LIMITS TO GROWTH discussed what would happen if population growth etc.
Hopefully new homes being built in the USA and elsewhere are more
energy efficient than their
Recent posts on RADSAFE about the Central Limit Theorem, for various
situations were read by me, and I enjoyed hearing about all this. Some
parameters in life are well
represented by summations (i.e. infinite series). Other parameters
involve products of
numbers (i.e. infinite products, factorials, Gamma Functions). These
mathematical items are
discussed in some detail in the Mathematical Physics book by Arfken and
If we end up combining human impacts global warming data and/or Earth
orientation data, there
may be a need to combine data (and the relevant probability distributions)
in the manner suggested
lately on Radsafe. See the Radsafe Archives for the last several weeks
for the relevant posts.
(Normal, Gaussian distributions and LogNormal Distributions).
This all does have to do with the future of Nuclear Power, but isn't
all so much having to do with
radiation safety, so I'll end this post now.
Have a good week!!!!
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig, PhD
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