Studying climate change is better than no study at all, however,…
We need response to climate change. A total lack of response is an existential hazard to our grandchildren, probably mass starvation is the biggest threat. The book “Drawdown” is a start.
We need R&D here. That’s the major shortcoming of the book “Drawdown”. The Drawdown Foundation needs to hear (through you!) that the top seven up and coming carbon drawdown technologies are (in my opinion) as follows:
- Arctic albedo remediation on land, wind powered snowmaking
- and at sea, ice pack restoration
- Solar heated buildings in winter
- A new wave of transit replacing freeways
- Nighttime electricity generation, probably through solar thermal heat storage.
- Concentrated solar daylighting with more robust heliostats
- Only now do I rank “Drawdown”'s #1 priority, and so on down their line.
I actively challenge the authors and collaborators of the book “Drawdown” to take on and rank these new priorities relative to their current list of 100 policies. True science should have no false pride; if something is correct, just accept it as good science that you hadn’t previously heard about and then use it.
Finally, I need to point out that if the fossil fuel industry dislikes James Hansen, they are going to be horrified at the new inventors who will quickly flatten almost all worldwide demand for their industry. This is their financial death knell.
Anyone who values the end of fossil fuel will be the fierce ally of these specific R&D fields. Anybody on the other side, probably because of the vast pressure that $900 million per year in lobbying money can bring, will lie their heads off to you about “we’re doing everything we can about climate change” Call them on it and be relentless! For one example, your university could right now be driving the stake into the vampire’s heart and they’re doing something else entirely! I bet they’ll complain that “But, but, we’d have to use the university’s own money for that research!” Yep, and the fossil fuel industry would cut some lobbying money too."