Technological options for mitigation

2008-02-17

in Economics, Geek stuff, Science, The environment

Climate change mitigation technologies

Black circles indicate a definite ‘yes,’ whereas hollow ones denote a partial ‘yes.’ For instance, it isn’t entirely clear whether nuclear fission can ever be economically viable in the absence of government subsidies. Empty squares denote a probable ‘no’ while question marks indicate situations too uncertain to render any judgment upon.

A few of these technologies are so speculative that it is hard to make a decision. That said, this is probably a relatively good summary of the state of the debate at the moment.

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Milan February 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Many of these technologies are discussed at greater length in other posts.

R.K. February 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

Why does fusion potentially require major infrastructure changes?

Milan February 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Fusion might only be practical in really massive power plants. As such, it might require changes in energy transportation infrastructure.

Quotes February 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

“The infrastructure of suburbia can be described as the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.”

—JH Kunstler

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