Daniel Sinclair
+ Your AuthorsArchive @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Thinking about social media, communication, and China. Not reading @danielsunread Jul. 08, 2019 1 min read

The chiliPAD and Eight Sleep's Pod have me really excited for the incoming shifts in AC. They're among the first to recognize that temperature can be dynamic and purposeful. AC's true problems are in architecture and HVAC engineering and control.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/style/air-conditioning-obsession.html 

On the larger scale of geoengineering, cloud seeding is really taking off throughout the world. The UAE ran 242 operations in 2017. China, of course, has the largest apparatus — and the Tibetan Sky River will be the most ambitious seeding project yet.  https://gizmodo.com/chinas-ambitious-new-rain-making-system-would-be-as-big-1825536740 

China is also the country with the most AC units, and their energy consumption is the fastest growing too. But it's used somewhat differently, both more inefficient and conservative. Next-gen AC will probably appear from China, just like air purifiers.  https://www.nrdc.org/experts/peter-lehner/china-air-conditioning-efficient-because-how-its-used-not-just-how-its-built 

China, of course, faces the urban heat island effect like no other country — the urbanization is just unprecedented. But it would appear they're dominating the research in this area too. The cities will soon adapt, on an unprecedented scale.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210670717314075 

China also faces unique climate change pressure. From the coast: 1m of sea level rise would displace 67M. From the inland, 1000mi² are consumed by the Gobi Desert each year. It's why they're investing in the Great Green Wall, Three Gorges, and Sky River.

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