- President Obama seeking tens of millions from the U.S. Congress to bomb Syria.
- Japan's estimate to spend $470 million (less than half a billion) to deal with the toxic water at Fukushima.
However, there are many other ways to reduce the heat:
- First forget solar air-conditioning. It's too expensive.
- A hundred fans for each school would cost around half a million dollars. I function in my home using fans and I don't need to use my three air-conditioners at all. My bedroom goes up to a hundred degrees on occasion (the wall is all glass and the sun beams in during the afternoon). No fan will help this condition, but there must be a way to block the direct rays of the sun on school buildings. Trees would help. Certainly, where applicable, ceiling exhaust draft fans should be helpful, and these might even be wind-powered.
- I wonder how cold, deep ocean water would work? I suspect for now this, too, will be much too expensive.
- Move the school year so that they skip the 14 hot weeks of July, August and September. The 180 instructional days could go up to 190, which equates to 38 weeks, meaning 14 weeks are left. Sure, there are holidays and such, but something can be done about a 12-week off period. How would this sync with universities and whatever else? Not sure, but something should be adjustable.