Posts Tagged ‘hydroelectric power’

Monday Moaning

One of the biggest eco-problems of today is the city.

The bigger the city the bigger the problem.

Apart from cities being so badly designed that you need a car or public transport to get around, there is a greater problem.

São Paulo in Brazil is a city of some 20 million. That number of people require two basic things water and power.

At the moment São Paulo is lacking the former, and heading for problems with the latter.

Why?

The city relies on the large catchment area of the state for water and hydroelectric power. Currently, the catchment area has a big problem, drought. The dams and reservoirs are only at a fraction of their capacity. Most down to 30% and some even down to 16% because of the lack of rain.

Where has the rain gone?

No, we are not talking global warming here, but rather the mass of concrete that is used in a city of this size. It has altered the heat rising properties, stealing the clouds from the catchment area so the rain falls over the city, creating a further problem, flooding.

There is a real probability that São Paulo will have water rationing and planned power cuts in the very near future.

The sheer size of the city is creating their own problems.

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São Paulo is a huge city

We need to halt the ever expanding city. Better still, we need to dismantle the cities in favour of returning to a rural self-sufficient lifestyle.

If we don’t, we are creating more problems.

 

Make you Fink on Friday

Yes, even on Good Friday, you should be thinking.

Here’s an issue that I just been made aware of. We scream about using electricity. We make a big noise about Earth Hour.

But, we build buildings and houses that need lights during the day!

Office lighting during the day! How stupid can we get?

During the day when there is sunlight, we have to turn the lights on to work and play.

Schools, restaurants, shops, factories, etc most of them use artificial lighting that uses electricity.

Why?

Where are our heads at?

We need to take a serious look at places that use light during the day. Their electricity tariffs should be doubled with taxes to pay for their stupidity and use of resources.

Places that are designed for natural light should receive incentives paid for out of the taxes as a reward for being ‘green.’

That would encourage more businesses and housing to opt for natural lighting.

New buildings that don’t have natural lighting facilities should not be approved.

All over the world we are screaming for more power, nuclear, hydroelectric and fossil fuel. If we harnessed the natural light we have for 12 hours per day (depends on summer or winter) we wouldn’t need dangerous nuclear power, or environmentally damaging hydro schemes chewing up our forests and making native peoples homeless, or drilling for more oil or mining coal.

There are alternatives!

The world needs to take stock, people should be asking these questions. Governments should be pressured into taking action. We should be looking at taking our custom and supporting businesses who comply.

NB: I was made aware of this issue by a visitor to my blog. It’s a commercial site, I don’t normally endorse commercial sites, but in this case as a thanks for the idea I will add their link Ciralight. Because it is something that I in my myopic view of the world and, I am sure, many of you haven’t considered before.

 

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