They're going to save the planet, apparently

BBC: Wind farms affect local weather
Wind farms can affect weather in their immediate locality, raising night-time temperatures on the ground, researchers working in Texas have shown.

They used satellite data to show that land around newly constructed wind farms warmed more than next-door areas.

The result - published in the journal Nature Climate Change - confirms an earlier, smaller study from 2010.

Alternative history

Guardian video: Robert Harris on Fatherland: 'What would have happened if Hitler had won?'

Answer: They would have banned smoking in all public buildings, started monitoring all of our personal correspondence, anaesthetised our brains with vapid television and radio programmes, banned dogs from beaches, and sold us a pack of lies about how we could combat climate change with a few windmills.

But I suppose the trains would at least run on time.

Turbine update

You might remember that, back in November 2010, I pointed out that ‘some clueless twat with more money that sense’ (who I later learnt was a friend’s uncle) had just erected a wind turbine on the moor above our house.

You might be interested to learn that the last time I saw its rotors actually rotating was well before Christmas.

They're the future, apparently.

Postscript 28-Mar-2012: The turbine has finally started turning again. I am guessing somebody from the wind turbine company came to fix it. Presumably the same somebody who is currently erecting a second turbine a short distance from the first. Will these clueless morons never learn?