The United States’ accelerated plans to combat the existential threat of climate change finally gives reason to hope. In Our Livable World, research specialist and author Marc Schaus explores the incredible new green innovations in science and engineering that can allow us to avoid the worst repercussions of global warming as we work to usher in a sustainable, livable world.
To beat a challenge the size of climate change, our solutions will have to be ambitious: solar thermal cells capable of storing energy long after the sun goes down, “smart highways” designed to charge your vehicle as you drive, indoor vertical farms automated to maximize crop growth with no pesticides, bioluminescent vines ready to one day replace our streetlights, jet fuel created from landfill trashand next-generation carbon capture techniques to remove the emissions we have already released over the past several decades. Far from the geoengineering schemes of cli-fi action thrillers, real solutions are being developed, right this moment. Our Livable World features interviews with the innovators, real talk on the revolutionary technology, and a clear picture of a cleaner planet in the future.
Though climate change is arguably the biggest threat humankind has ever faced, this book proves that our ability to fight this change is limited only by the scope of our imagination and the power of our will.
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Table of Contents
Preface: COVID-19 and the Environment ix
Chapter 1 Scenes from the Climate Crisis 1
Chapter 2 Let's Face It: Our Planet Is Changing 11
Chapter 3 Powering Our Civilizations Cleanly and Sustainably 24
Chapter 4 Broadening Our Energy Portfolio 64
Chapter 5 Keeping the Lights On 90
Chapter 6 Industry Without Emissions 118
Chapter 7 Feeding the Post-Carbon World 132
Chapter 8 Smart Homes, Smarter Cities 164
Chapter 3 Stepping Back from the Brink: Reversing Climate Change 183
Chapter 10 Damage Control 228
Chapter 11 Possible Futures 255
Source Notes 273
About the Author 311