If I had a million wishes, they would all be for everybody to work against climate change / global warming — and for the work to be enough to repair the damage. But I don’t have a million wishes, and this is one of the weeks I don’t really hold out much hope. Some weeks are like that.
For instance, The Guardian reports on a study predicting problems for the EU from losing imports, but it applies to the USA, as well:
The study, published in Nature Communications, concluded: “In the near future, supplies of certain crops to the EU could be disrupted due to increased drought in other parts of the world. Coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, oil palm, and soybean are the most climate-vulnerable imported products.”Climate crisis to hit Europe’s coffee and chocolate supplies — The Guardian
Soybeans, we got, but the rest, not so much.
On the other hand, Creamer Media’s Engineering News reports that Wind could produce affordable green hydrogen by 2030, Siemens Gamesa says
Using onshore wind turbines to power electrolysers that extract hydrogen from water could become as cheap as making it using fossil fuels by 2030, and offshore wind could get there by 2035, Siemens Gamesa said….. Siemens Gamesa, which dominates the global market for offshore wind turbines, said it is speeding up work on a prototype system to produce hydrogen powered by offshore wind in the next five years.
Also, the Smithsonian Magazine reports: To Combat Climate Change, Researchers Want to Pull Carbon Dioxide From the Ocean and Turn It Into Rock
A new method for combatting climate change feels like a bit of modern-day alchemy: scientists have figured out how to take carbon dioxide out of the ocean and turn it into harmless rock. … Oceans and other large bodies of water can hold more than 150 times more carbon dioxide than the air. Sant and his colleagues’ idea is that if you can remove carbon from the ocean, the water will absorb more from the atmosphere to maintain a state of equilibrium. Now, they’re proposing an innovative way of getting carbon out of the ocean—by turning it into rock. … As well as pulling carbon out of seawater, the chemical reaction has a useful byproduct: hydrogen gas. By producing and selling the hydrogen, a plant could help offset its costs. … For the better half of a decade, Sant’s research has focused on streamlining a process of combining carbon dioxide from factory flue gas streams with calcium hydroxide to form concrete. “Because [my carbon dioxide sequestration method] effectively produces carbon neutral limestone, now you’ve got the ability to produce carbon neutral cement, and use the limestone solids for construction,” says Sant.Ally Hirschlag, Hakai Magazine
Downside: Much MUCH more limestone than the construction industry can use. Really? Really? Because There’s a lot of use for limestone, from field walls to houses to gravel to rock gardens to …. Well, I don’t know what all.
Still, I’m having one of those weeks, so other than geeking out over the science, I’m not cheered. Sorry.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone fails to be cheered.