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Floods & droughts are nothing new : Comments

By Viv Forbes, published 18/10/2022

The width of today's flood plains and the depth of their alluvial soils show that there have been really huge floods in times past and almost every society has stories of great floods.

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Of course there is no evidence that floods and droughts are getting worse; the corporate media is getting more raucous, and the population is getting dumber and more gullible.

"Governments should also stop protecting people from the inevitable results of their own choices on where to locate their homes and businesses".

Tip: don't live on a flood plain or near a river.

Another tip: build dams.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 8:27:55 AM
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Thus endeth today`s history lesson.
However this planet is still grossly overpopulated and we are not doing ourselves any favours by continuing to pollute our ONLY atmosphere and continuously depleting and wasting its limited resources and destroying its fragile environment, that which keeps us alive.
Posted by ateday, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 8:37:56 AM
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Yes. Australia's population, constantly boosted by mad mass immigration only forces more and more people to live in flood-prone areas. The more people we get, the more people will be affected by Australia's 'droughts and flooding rains', with associated costs and inconvenience.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 9:06:35 AM
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The records of the Wx Bureau and the NOAC show that Hurricanes and
Cyclones have been getting fewer and less severe over the years.
Everything is going as normal despite the panic merchants.
From what I have read even the Netzero campaign will collapse this
year at COP27 due to the financial demands that are to be put on the
developed countries.
In case someone is not aware, it is already dead but just won't lie down.
Posted by Bazz, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 10:18:01 AM
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I like the idea of dams, and even since I saw this video on youtube I've been curious if dams can be more efficient.

Free Energy Water Pump without Electricity.
http://youtu.be/dV9B_yWgYEs

This idea means it should be technically possible to recirculate the water from a lower holding pond back into the dam, without using any energy, and if every bucket of water that came out of the main dam produced 1 watt, then recirculating the original water would mean that you could create more and more watts just off that one bucket of water.

- Recirculating the water effectively makes the dam becomes one giant battery that never runs out, and never stops producing power.

Also, if the dam is more full, does that mean that there is effectively more water pressure 'at the wellhead' to create more power more efficiently?

And if you had excess water from rains and such which you had to release downstream, then in that lower holding pond, (like a levee as opposed to a dam) you could include more generators and once again produce more power from that same original water?

Is there more glare off the water around a dam?
Could we put solar panels over the dam, to reduce evaporation and increase power output?

Is there high winds along the dam wall>
Can we put small wind turbines along the wall of the dam?

What about making better use of 'purged power'?
- Instead of purging it when there's too much can we use it somehow to either run pumps that refill the dam further or some other productive use rather than just waste it?

What about other ways to catch water in order to produce more power?

Desert Fog Nets Catch 10,000 Liters Of Water Daily
http://youtu.be/YxRONAZoMDk

There must be a way to incorporate all these ideas.

If you can recirculate the water back into the dam at zero-energy cost, you can keep making more power off the same water.
I'm no engineer, but I think there's a lot of wasted potential here that probably should be explored further by experts.
Posted by Armchair Critic, Tuesday, 18 October 2022 10:18:09 AM
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That may be so, Viv, but not the frequency nor the severity.

More dams? Yes, but not huge dams that flood valleys/our most arable farmlands, but myriad upland small structures that force billions of litres into the environment to slowly drain back into Riverian systems for years after each one in one-thousand-year event that now seem to happen every decade between long/enduring ultra-severe droughts!

There is also a case to dredge/widen all major river systems so the alluvium that has built up over centuries/clogged the landscape's arteries is removed/then used as part of a nationwide levy bank system.

These dredges would be long/contain a modest workshop/a crusher to crush the very large rocks so they can be pumped for as many miles as required.

Our farms cannot be inundated as regularly as they are now nor allowed to burn to a crisp between inundations.

These locally built dredges would need to be nuclear powered, i.e., MSR nuclear waste burners that run for practically nothing in fuel costs, the one thing that would kill any such program still born! They would need to run for many decades/be operated by competing co-ops.

A deepened riverine system would become the new highways for bulk shipment at the lowest possible cost! Locks could also ensure more irrigation available at viable affordable cost. Ensure these highly engineered/levied bank protected systems went as far inland as possible.

Those levy banks held in place by plantings of weeping willows.

We also need to transition to a nuclear-powered energy system ASAP to restart our local manufacture that's currently killed by prohibitive energy prices.

We must stop allowing asinine green policies to dominate the way they have/introduce as widely as possible regenerative farming. Ensure all irrigation is done underground via tapes. This will halve irrigation water usage as well as double the irrigated land area for half current water allocation.

Finally, we need genuine tax reform that removes all avoidance as well as lowering the top tax rate, thereby ensuring that all income and profit earned in this country pays a fair share of a common burden!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 18 October 2022 10:31:46 AM
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