Thursday, October 22, 2009

The greatest challenge

"The greatest challenge of man's future is to provide the energy needed to lift the world's population out of poverty without imposing a cost on the planet that neither humans nor the rest of its inhabitants can bear. The answer to the challenge is in part political and in part technological, but none of the possible technologies are ready. Over the next twenty years, say, we need a massive research program to get them ready - we need to be investing heavily in research into solar energy as well as carbon capture."

Wallace Broecker and Robert Kunzig, "CO2 - Fixing Climate", chapter "Fixing climate".

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