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Can Civilization Be Powered By Wind?

Is there enough wind energy to power the whole of human civilization? According to Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution there is if you can get your turbines aloft (think kites with propellers).

Here is a great video of Caldeira explaining the research.

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Adam Frank was a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. A professor at the University of Rochester, Frank is a theoretical/computational astrophysicist and currently heads a research group developing supercomputer code to study the formation and death of stars. Frank's research has also explored the evolution of newly born planets and the structure of clouds in the interstellar medium. Recently, he has begun work in the fields of astrobiology and network theory/data science. Frank also holds a joint appointment at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a Department of Energy fusion lab.