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Data centers provide mission-critical computing functions vital to the daily operation of top U.S. economic, scientific, and technological organizations. These data centers consume large amounts of energy to run and maintain their computer systems, servers, and associated high-performance components—up to 3% of all U.S. electricity powers data centers. And as more information comes online, data centers will consume even more Energy.
Data centers can become more energy efficient by incorporating features like power-saving “stand-by” modes, energy monitoring software, and efficient cooling systems instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. These and other efficiency improvements to data centers can produce significant energy savings, reduce the load on the electric grid, and help protect the nation by increasing the reliability of critical computer operations.
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Germany’s ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants.
Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen made the announcement today, the BBC reported online.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had set up an ethics panel to look into Nuclear power following the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan. Over the weekend, dozens of environmental activists climbed on top of Germany’s landmark Brandenburg Gate demanding a speedy end to the use of atomic Energy.
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More to the point, what effect has the detonation of thousands of nuclear devices (globally) had on climate change? How lasting and dramatic would any change be? How do these explosions compare with present energy usage and carbon foot-printing? Are we kicking the wrong dog?
The likelihood of a nuclear summer is zero. Nuclear detonations would not create a warmer climate.
A nuclear winter requires the detonation of a large number of nuclear devices within a short period of time (a few days). The particulate matter injected into the atmosphere, particularly the upper atmosphere, by the blasts would block some of the Energy coming from the sun resulting in winter like conditions even in summer.
The past Nuclear detonations were too few and to spaced out to affect the climate. Most were underground which also diminished the affect on climate.
A mild, natural equivalent of nuclear winter occurred when Krakatoa erupted in 1883.
"On 27 August four enormous explosions took place at 05:30, 06:44, 10:02, and 10:41 local time. The explosions were so violent that they were heard 3,500 km (2,200 mi) away in Perth, Western Australia and the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, 4,800 km (3,000 mi) away, where they were thought to be cannon fire from a nearby ship. Each was accompanied by very large tsunamis, which are believed to have been over 30 meters (100 ft) high in places. A large area of the Sunda Strait and a number of places on the Sumatran coast were affected by pyroclastic flows from the volcano."
"In the year following the eruption, average global temperatures fell by as much as 1.2 °C (2.2 °F). Weather patterns continued to be chaotic for years, and temperatures did not return to normal until 1888. The eruption injected an unusually large amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas high into the stratosphere which was subsequently transported by high-level winds all over the planet. This led to a global increase in sulfurous acid (H2SO3) concentration in high-level cirrus clouds. The resulting increase in cloud reflectivity (or albedo) would reflect more incoming light from the sun than usual, and cool the entire planet until the suspended sulfur fell to the ground as acid precipitation."
With heating oil prices this year, does Russia feel determined to further diversify its economy? Is it fair to say that Russia suffers from the ‘Dutch disease’? How will Energy prices affect foreign investment? And how high should crude prices climb before they become a break for the Russian economy?
On the set:
Vladimir Tikhomirov, chief economist and executive director at Otkritie Financial Corporation
Eric Kraus, independent fund manager
Vladimir Osakovsky, Head of strategic planning and development at UniCredit Securities
Ben Aris, Chief Editor of Business New Europe.
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May 27 (Bloomberg) — Rajesh Panjwani, an analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in Hong Kong, talks about China’s Energy shortage and its potential impact on the nation’s economy.
Coal prices may climb to the highest level in almost three years as China’s worst drought in half a century depletes hydroelectricity supplies, prompting utilities to burn more fossil fuels amid a nationwide power squeeze. Panjwani speaks with Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On the Move Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)
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