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Our Livable World: Creating the Clean Earth of Tomorrow

Our Livable World: Creating the Clean Earth of Tomorrow

by Marc Schaus


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As President Biden commits the US to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, bold new scientific and technological innovations will soon revolutionize the world—and a vital guide from the frontlines of our fight against climate change has finally arrived.

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 trash—and 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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ISBN-13: 9781635767209
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 569,063
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marc Schaus is a professional research specialist across the sciences for research ventures, craft product manuals, and policymakers. Marc has been a TEDx speaker covering new technological solutions for climate change and is also the author of Post Secular: Science, Humanism and the Future of Faith. He has written articles appearing in Areo Magazine, Free Inquiry Magazine, The Huffington Post, Patheos, and the academic journal Antennae. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada. 

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

Acknowledgments 271

Source Notes 273

Index 301

About the Author 311

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