Emerging energy related technologies

2010-03-12

in Economics, Geek stuff, Science, The environment

The Economist’s latest Technology Quarterly contains a number of articles with climatic significance:

These sorts of innovations (aside from the oil and gas extraction story) would surely be driven forward if carbon pricing made people care more about the consequences of their greenhouse gas emissions.

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R.K. March 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Would folding shipping containers help (by making it more efficient to ship X quantity of goods) or would they hurt the climate (by inducing yet more shipping, since it is now more affordable)?

It’s the same problem that exists generally with increasing efficiency in situations where you wish to decrease consumption.

Milan March 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

It will probably increase emissions, actually.

There is basically an unlimited amount of stuff that could be shipped, if doing so were cheap enough. Anything that reduces shipping cost seems likely to lead to more shipping volume, and ultimately to higher emissions.

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