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The Climate Crisis: In Pursuit of Fundamental Change

A keen electronic engineer with a passion for the environment, IoT and automation. Advocate for sustainable alternatives including clean energy and transport. Compulsive tea drinker. BrightSpark 2017. BEng.


February 4, 2020 09:15

I think everyone is aware there is a climate crisis and there are a lot of disjointed voices declaring there worries on this issue. Unfortunately, there are too few suggestions for appropriate solutions beyond those of green energy production; which in itself goes only part way to a suitable solution. May I suggest we look at other avenues of - in particular - base power load production? No one seems to want to discuss hydrogen technology - which would work well here in Australia as we seem to have a surfeit of inappropriate solar and wind power but with nowhere to store it! Also, with higher temperatures in the future, will wind and solar systems still work - as we are currently led to believe that they cannot cope at the elevated temperatures we are getting now let alone in the future? Hydrogen technology has several advantages if fully developed as it could be used in base load production of electricity and could be stored for use if necessary. Yes, I know there are risks with hydrogen because it is able to leak through many metals and pipe joints at high pressure (as in the Haber process). However, would we use hydrogen at these pressures, I think not? Since nothing else much is being done why not let us give hydrogen based technology a try.
It can't be worse than the mess we have ourselves in at present, and by the inability of Governments to face up to the pressure from the carbon based fuel lobbies it seems it will be a long time before any thing else is achieved.

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February 4, 2020 09:17

.. Or you could just do your own research to realise that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming is an unlikely reality based on suspect computer models. That world poverty, hunger and disease have dramatically declined over the past 50 years due to the availability of cheap energy from coal and other fossil fuels. That global food production is benefiting from 'greening' due to increased CO2 (plant food) in the atmosphere. So whilst we probably should reduce CO2 and other human emissions over time as affordable technology permits there is no 'emergency'. The most exciting future in the latter regard is the emergence of practical thermonuclear fusion generation, which will be available within the next 50 years or possibly significantly sooner if the world invests sufficiently heavily in its development. That latter is where action is needed.

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