Not all suggestions have to be things that involve decades of research.
Some are just targeted suggestions about pragmatics. They're worth some thought.
Some of them may be showing more promise than others, though, so read carefully.
Japan ‘plans solar panels for all new buildings’
(Physorg, 22 May 2011
The world's first really green oil deal
(The Independent, 8 Aug 2010)
Algae-Based, Non-Metallic Batteries Could Revolutionize Energy Storage Industry
(Gas 2.0, 11 Sep 2009)
Mining Hydrothermal Vents for Renewable Electricity, Drinking Water + Valuable Minerals
(Clean Technica, 4 Sep 2009)
Environmentally-friendly Energy: Sunlight Turns Carbon Dioxide To Methane
(Science Daily, 8 Mar 2009)
What a slump in carbon prices means for the future
(New Scientist, 11 Feb 2009)
Dumping iron in the ocean may not fix the climate
(New Scientist, 28 Jan 2009)
How kangaroo burgers could save the planet
(New Scientist, 25 Dec 2008)
Fix For Global Warming? Scientists Propose Covering Deserts With Reflective Sheeting
(Science Daily, 23 Dec 2008)
Monash team learns from nature to split water
(EurekAlert, 17 Aug 2008)
Solar Collector Could Change Asphalt Roads Into Renewable Energy Source
(Science Daily, 14 Aug 2008)
Giant vacuum cleaner leaves reefs thriving
(New Scientist, 11 Jul 2008)
Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project
(Reuters, 5 Jul 2008)
Hawaii to require solar water heaters for new homes starting in 2010
(Los Angeles Times, 28 Jun 2008)
Heavyweight physics prof weighs into climate/energy scrap
(The Register, 20 Jun 2008)
European System for Cutting Carbon Dioxide Emissions Is Working Well
(Science Daily, 12 Jun 2008)
Racing principle’s role in cutting emissions
(BBC News, 9 Jun 2008)
Plastic bag policy ‘a diversion’
(BBC News, 17 May 2008)
Supermarket trials carbon labels
(BBC, 29 Apr 2008)
Venture to Use Sea to Fight Warming Runs Out of Cash
(New York Times, 14 Feb 2008)
Motivated by a Tax, Irish Spurn Plastic Bags
(The New York Times, 2 Feb 2008)
Here are some pointers to interesting ideas for products and commerce.
Stories of Optimism
Here is a place for stories about good things happening, or of hopeful signs.
Many of these are tentative in one way or another. And even things that are
very good things may have timelines that are too long to be practical. A lot
of other damage can be done before a given natural effect kicks in or a given
technology is brought to fruition and properly deployed. So we still have many
reasons to be pursuing Climate Change aggressively. But, all that said, this
issue is so depressing sometimes that it's still nice to have
reasons for optimism.
The Idea Mill
There are going to be a lot of boondoggles where people try to get “green money”
for things that won't really help. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't invest in
various alternative ways to address the problems posed by Climate Change.
(The only things I don't think we should invest in are the things
that are actively working against a solution.)
- Nuclear Power
Nuclear is the “new green”. No, it's not 100% safe in all regards, but it has
shown itself to be manageable, and even the problems that it might sometimes
have pale in comparison to some of the predicted Climate Change effects, so
it's definitely worth considering as a stopgap.
- Carbon Sequestration
- Colonizing Mars
Establishing a permanent and sustainable base off the Earth is the single best thing we can do to assure
the survival of the human species. Moreover, every dollar spent understanding how to live on a planet
that is hostile to human life may turn out to be valuable as we move ever closer to making Earth join that
Please feel free to
contact me with more suggestions.