Global warming causing 'Global stilling’

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14 Oct 2021, 1:18 am

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Where has the wind gone? ‘Global stilling’ is blamed as wind speeds drop across Europe cutting green energy production - threatening to drive up energy prices even FURTHER

Industry experts warn climate change could be causing wind speeds to drop
Weather modelling groups and academics say 'global stifling' has caused a reduction in wind speeds by up to 15pc already this year in parts of Europe
News is a fresh damning blow amid spiralling global gas and energy shortages

By Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline

Published: 22:17 AEDT, 9 October 2021

Industry experts are warning that climate change may have caused wind speeds in Europe to plummet this year in news that threatens to drive energy prices even higher.

Long labelled as a saviour of the energy industry, wind farms have cropped up across the continent in recent years and have been billed a low-cost, renewable and dependable source of power.

Increased dependence on green forms of energy has also been touted as a solution to Britain's national gas crisis, amid soaring global prices and energy bills set to reach record-breaking levels.

But weather modelling groups and academics appear to have quashed those hopes, as ever-increasing global temperatures are threatening to derail any prospective green energy revolution.

Experts are blaming a growing phenomenon known as 'global stilling' - whereby measurable wind speeds across the world's continental surfaces have decreased by as much as 15 per cent since 1980.
Industry experts are warning that climate change may have caused wind speeds in Europe to plummet this year in news that threatens to drive energy prices even higher. Above: A wind turbine near Swindon
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Industry experts are warning that climate change may have caused wind speeds in Europe to plummet this year in news that threatens to drive energy prices even higher. Above: A wind turbine near Swindon
Experts are blaming a growing phenomenon known as 'global stilling' - whereby measurable wind speeds across the world's continental surfaces have decreased by as much as 15 per cent since 1980
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Experts are blaming a growing phenomenon known as 'global stilling' - whereby measurable wind speeds across the world's continental surfaces have decreased by as much as 15 per cent since 1980
Britain endured its longest spell of low wind in over a decade when its wind-powered output as a total percentage of installed capacity hit just 11 per cent between February and March 2021
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Britain endured its longest spell of low wind in over a decade when its wind-powered output as a total percentage of installed capacity hit just 11 per cent between February and March 2021

Atmosphere expert Professor Paul Williams, of the University of Reading, told the Financial Times that winds have 'generally weakened over land over the past few decades'.

He said one explanation for plummeting wind speeds could be 'human-related climate change', that would see poles warming 'faster than tropics in lower atmosphere' areas.

Prof Williams said: 'This would have the effect of weakening the mid-latitude north-south temperature difference and consequently reducing the thermal wind at low altitudes.'


What irony! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Where is Greta?
Blah, Blah, Blah. :mrgreen:


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14 Oct 2021, 2:20 am

Greta would say, "use less energy." Simple.

Well, simple as an idea. Not simple with the way modern life has been built.

With our consumer needs outstripping the planet's resources in pretty much every direction, we really do need to learn to do with less.

Or, as I sold it to my aging and very conservative uncle who isn't so sure climate change is real: "be super frugal." It works out the same, since a key component of frugality is not buying. He's always been super frugal so, really, he hasn't ever been a big part of the problem.

We do need to get out of fossil fuels, but there is no such thing as completely clean and free energy.


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