Nancy Troutman wrote:
I use vinegar in my bath & hair rinse water during tick season.
A whole planet driving Teslas charged with solar and wind would probably be a complete ecological catastrophe.
Alex Apfelbaum wrote:Ok let's say that all our wind turbines are in the perfect spot and return the energy invested in a couple of years. Sounds dandy right ?
But still, the raw materials needed for their manufacturing are extracted in distant (often un-democratic) countries using extremely polluting methods (see here and here), especialy the rare earths (take a look at Baotou in inner Mongolia). The global rush to open new rare earth mines all over the world is inevitably going to come with all the side effects of the extractive industry. Then of course there's shipping, which is done by ocean-going ships and trucks, also very polluting and using vast amounts of fossil fuels.
How are these issues factored in when we say that windmills are "green" ?
This happened last year, and we assumed that one of us clipped them and forgot. But no one was there for the last month, and when I had a quick visit two days ago two cherry trees and two pears (same trees as last year) were trimmed, with the broken branches at the foot of the tree. The trees did fine in the spring, but I don't want to start over every year.
If deer were the culprit I would expect that the buds and branch tips would be missing, but these are like 2-3 foot whips trimmed off and laying on the ground. The cuts do connect, so I don't think anything took a bite out of them, but the cuts are not so clean to be a smooth machete or hatchet cut (branches are still less than a centimetre diameter) but the cuts are cleaner than if it was just snapped off.
So, 4 trees, two years in a row, shedding whole branches?