I read a great question from acabal on HackerNews today:
Does anyone have ideas on how a mid-career software developer can switch gears into the clean energy/climate change industry, to do something to help?
To help answer acabal’s question, I found 9 technology ideas on Quora that sparked my own curiosity.
Climate Change is at a tipping point. Climate Change 2.0 is an opportunistic, solutions-driven, civilization-scale approach to climate change. Heroes, this is a call to adventure!
Let’s get curious and dream big about climate change!
9 Thought-Provoking Climate Change 2.0 Ideas
1. What is the cost per square kilometer to turn a desert into an area with full tree/vegetation cover? And how long does it take?
2. What are the best strategies for sequestering atmospheric carbon?
3. If all the used cardboard boxes were folded flat and simply buried, how much carbon would be captured and sequestrated?
4. Is a “space sunshade” a feasible solution to global warming
5. Why don’t people use the new ways to combat global warming like green algae, artificial icebergs, carbon filters, etc.?
6. Why can’t carbon emissions of diesel cars be filtered out?
7. What if we make solid blocks of CO2 and dump them into space? Will that decrease the greenhouse effect?
8. What is the difficulty of technologically using the CO2 in our air for practical use?
9. Why don’t we genetically modify crops and trees to collect more carbon and reverse climate change?
I also wrote “A Biohacker’s Guide to Climate Change” with curiosity in mind. It starts with my 5 favorite books and articles on tech opportunities in climate change.
Interested in meeting other like-minded people working on climate tech solutions?
Join the new Google group: Climate Change 2.0: A Call to Adventure
Question to you: Do you know of any active Reddit communities talking about climate change as an opportunity? Would love to find one!
Let me know if you liked this or have suggestions. Collaborators welcome, this is a planetary adventure!
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Tito Jankowski lives in San Francisco. He's a public speaker, biotech hacker, and post-hydrocarbon expert. He is the co-founder of Impossible Labs
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