However, let’s not forget that our species has the ability to foresee consequences and to take action. That arises from our intelligence. Unlike other species, we don’t have to passively continue activity which could lead to our own extinction. This intelligence may well be a prime cause of environmental change – but it does enable us to adapt.
So, it’s good to see some positive messages.
This book, Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming looks interesting. It gives a positive message. Humanity’s response to current climate change is opening up all sorts of technological possibilities. I think the authors say somewhere that these new technologies could lead to a revolution at least as great as that ushered in by computers.
Have a look at their web site and the short videos narrated by one of the authors Mirriam Horn. These outline some of the technological possibilities.
Why these innovations are so important, and a glimpse of the technologies.
Harnessing solar energy can be pricey, but that soon may change. One company aims to cut the price by a factor of 10 by printing cheap solar ink onto flexible film that could be your roofing material.
“Anything you can get out of a barrel of oil, you can get out of a pound of sugar with the right microbe.” So says Jack Newman of Amyris Biotechnologies, who is using genetically-modified yeast to brew gasoline.
Inventor Alla Weinstein found a way to convert the up-and-down motion of waves into electricity.
An innovator in Alaska has developed the first low-temperature geothermal power plant, meaning that many more locations can take advantage of power from the Earth’s core.