Shirley Montgomery's Architecture of the Early Twenty-First Century: A Global PDF

By Shirley Montgomery

ISBN-10: 1300672668

ISBN-13: 9781300672661

This publication is ready the worldwide desire for sustainable construction. The variety of humans on the earth and their use of the assets of the planet for strength make it essential to construct another way. The planet is exhibiting critical symptoms of pressure. in keeping with Dr. David Grissmer, my sister's husband, as all of us rode jointly lately in the course of the melting Columbia ice box in Alberta, Canada, "The effects of world warming are most likely catastrophic, and because the preventative innovations tend to take many years to paintings, no matter if the possibilities are small that people are the reason, we have to start to handle the issue." I knew this was once a guarded assertion from a physicist approximately what had most likely prompted the replaced ecosystems in our global.

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Un’ultima osservazione sul denaro e i conflitti d’interesse Nel mio lavoro sulla geoingegneria solare ho potuto contare su finanziamenti per ricerche in corsi universitari e su un finanziamento elargito personalmente da Bill Gates, per il quale ho operato come consulente occasionale, e a livello informale, sui temi dei cambiamenti climatici e delle tecnologie energetiche. I miei interventi in proposito sono tutti teorici, in pubblicazioni liberamente consultabili, e non ho brevetti. Mi sono anche sporcato le mani come direttore della Carbon Engineering, una piccola azienda innovativa, che si occupa di realizzare nuovi strumenti tecnologici in grado di catturare direttamente il diossido di carbonio dall’atmosfera.

Ad esempio, sono finora poche le ricerche che hanno valutato l’efficacia dell’intervento nel contenere gli effetti dannosi dei cambiamenti del clima sull’agricoltura; ma gli studi hanno evidenziato che la geoingegneria potrebbe ridurre, almeno in parte, la diminuzione della consistenza dei raccolti, prevedibile conseguenza delle perturbazioni, in modo tale che la produttività delle coltivazioni potrebbe aumentare in alcune delle regioni più calde – e più povere – del mondo, se si ricorresse a un’opportuna quantità di interventi geoingegneristici.

Il rischio è dunque costituito dal fatto che l’efficacia dei solfati (o di altri prodotti usati in altri metodi di geoingegneria solare) nel limitare i cambiamenti climatici regionali potrebbe essere minore di quella prevista dai modelli, rendendo più importanti i danni collaterali. La nostra conoscenza dei rischi non è semplicemente teorica. L’esperienza di quanto accade nel mondo reale ci assicura che è possibile conoscere le caratteristiche di questi rischi. Ad esempio, per capire quali rischi si corrono immettendo un milione di tonnellate di acido solforico nell’atmosfera, possiamo prendere in esame l’eruzione del 1991 del Pinatubo, un vulcano delle Filippine, che ha riversato nell’atmosfera otto milioni di tonnellate di sostanze solforose.

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