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Climate Engineering: The Marriage Of Technology To Climate Could Correct Human Errors

Sruthi P Nambiar

Sail through the North Pole by 2040

Though sailing through the North Pole sounds like an amazing trip, it still is a trip that is a byproduct of something catastrophically worse. In the ideal world, North Pole is the kingdom of icebergs. Sure, you can’t sail through it, but you still could enjoy the beauty that it beholds. But due to the change in atmosphere, thanks to us intelligent homo-sapiens, the strong frozen water is being melted into liquid. Well, at least we’d get to sail through the North Pole now. Just two more decades of releasing copious amount of some beautiful carbon dioxide, methane and other wonderful greenhouse gases and we can make North Pole an even more “bearable” place to live in.

For those who do not know, the melting of the ice leads to a rise of sea levels which leads to flooding in many regions around the world. Keep in mind, this is not it, this is just part of the effects climate change has. 

 

But fear not! Technology can help us in changing this; if we let it 

Technology has been a great support to our life. And maybe now, it is even going to save our lives. 

Island cities can take note from Miami who are spending $400 million on rising the streets and install high tech pipeline systems that will help pump back all the water into the sea to avoid sunny-day flooding. Though, it is a short term fix for the residents of Miami that would only last for 40-50 years.

Not just that, one of the worlds largest polluter, Beijing (China), had made a progress by initiating transparency between the factory and the general public; that is to be applauded. An app that records and updates you with all the emissions by the companies. Companies that refuse to submit to this transparency can be sued. But all this can only help us keep a control and watch but not prevent the changes in the climate.  And the best part is, they get coverage by the media which in turn educates the public.

 

We need something bigger and larger to slow down the rate of climate change and eventually stop it

Even though the above mentioned are very impactful, it still doesn’t favor us enough. And here is where the big bad wolf comes in to huff and puff all of it away. Renewable energy, like wind and solar energy, is one of the biggest helping hands to help us prevent climate change. Renewable energy is a strong and long term solution, but they require equally high investment.

India, the third largest emitter of carbon di-oxide and also the third largest reservoir of coal has its own plans to succeed in solar energy. Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of Energy, believes that with a increase in global initiative they can further reduce the cost of solar panels by 30-40%. It is also expected to lower its carbon emission by 80 tons by replacing 35 million regular street light bulbs into LED bulbs. There are plans by the Prime Minister of India to put India on the map by having the largest solar array in the world. The investments with renewable energy are big but just a one-time trip. It will be a money well spent on clean energy provided for low price.

 

Cleaner energy for the remote villages is also possible 

According to a National Geographic report, the company Tesla decided to invest in a project called “Gigafactory”. Gigafactory helps in storing solar energy into batteries that later in turn be used residentially and also for small businesses. It is the belief of the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, that by doing so the nation can avoid building energy plants and also help remote villages progress to cleaner energy.

 

In other news; there are already many countries that have achieved a lot 

Demark on some days get 100% of their energy from wind power. Whereas, in Germany, 30% of electricity comes from their large solar panel plants. Sweden is the first fossil-fuel free nation in the world.

 

There is good news hidden in all the bad news everywhere; you just need to see it. It doesn’t mean you ignore the bad. You acknowledge it and move forward to the good. There are many out there who are succeeding, learn from them. 

Beware, climate change is not a hoax. 

 

 

Image Source: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE (North Slope, Alaska, 2005)
Note: This article was originally conceptualized and penned by Pooja P Nambiar.


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