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MonsieurKilogram t1_iy05z25 wrote

Is it possible this increase will be blunted in europe over next 2-3 decades if thermohaline circulation slows due to ocean temp rising?


DrSOGU t1_iy2tmb9 wrote

Northern Europe, 2042:

"Mummy, why cant we afford food although you and Daddy work every night and day ? And why are there so many people everywhere? And why are they fighting with guns?"

"Because 20 years ago, people felt too uncomfortable to pay a miniscule fraction of their tax money on the transition to renewable power generation."


MonsieurKilogram t1_iy3nnhg wrote

Sahara solar farm would be POG rn


DrSOGU t1_iy3qpne wrote

Renewable energy generation is in total cost per kWh in Germany and many places already cheaper then burning oil, gas and coal, even before the war. The most expensive is nuclear power, which requires a huge amount of government subsidies per kWh. In turn, heating and mobility can be (to a great extent) electrified.

We don't have a technological problem. There is no rocket science to be solved before we can proceed. We already have working solutions that are more efficient and cleaner.

We have a purely political problem. We don't scale up at the speed necessary to mitigate climate change. We would have to incentivize and subsidize investments just as we did for coal, oil, gas and nuclear. Cut regulations. Build more electrified high-speed railroads. Incentivize efficient heatpumps and energy efficient buildings.

The system build on individual profit maximization, car and oil corporations buying politics to keep the status quo and so on is too inert. At the same time, people despise the taxation necessary to at least incentivize and build up from the government side.

It's all short-sighted greed and special interest and individualism. But it's not a technological problem.


PO0tyTng t1_iy222f1 wrote

Who cares, we’re in an extinction event.


MonsieurKilogram t1_iy226f2 wrote

Thats dumb as hell. Your concept of futurology is the extinction of humanity? Neither disease nor climate change pose an extinction threat. Threat to life as we know it? Sure. Not to the continuity of humanity though. We have people living in antarctica.


DefEddie t1_iy2olgd wrote

To be fair though the folks living in Antartica do so with the support and resources of other countries.
You’re right though, life is life even if it doesn’t look like our kind of living.


MonsieurKilogram t1_iy9b45y wrote

Humanity will live barring an unavoidable cosmic event or nuke go boom boom everywhere