Models - Identified Model Categories and their Traits
We propose the following models, or meta-ideas, as a basis for idea submissions. There may be collateral issues:
- Heat Exchanger
- Atmospheric Aerosol
- CO2 Extraction
- Active Deflector
- Geothermal Energy
- Local Hotspots
- CO2 Displacement
- Ocean Fertilization
- Advanced Sequestration
- Rock Weathering
- Albedo Conditioning
- Global Thermostat
- Ocean Deacidification
- Thermoacoustic Cooling
- Ocean Farming
- Wave Rendering
- Insect Farming
- Lightning Induction
- Culinary Arts
- Resource Stewardship
- Energy Abundance
- Hydrogen Battery
- Applied Hormetics
- Emissions Moratorium
- Regenerative Agriculture
- Humidity Extraction
- Radical Adaptation
- Solar Dimming*
- Orbital Distance*
- Asteroid Impact*
Latent heat can be an energy source; exploiting temperature differential has the added benefit of reducing heat in the source.
The average global surface temperature is 15°C, outer space -270°C, which represents an energy potential and the ability to do work.
A reflective layer in the atmosphere can deflect sunlight; less sunlight means less trapped heat.
Reducing CO2 levels in the composition of the atmosphere will allow more heat to be radiated into space.
Even a very small object with a variable opacity or albedo, placed in a helio-geostationary (Lagrange Point 1) orbit in space could reduce the incidence of sunlight.
Geothermal energy as a power source for direct air capture, DAC; the heat in Earth's core represents a giant battery.
Introducing areas where the CO2 levels are depleted would mean that there would be more heat funneled into space.
Lower CO2 density can be achieved by displacement; electrolizing water releases oxygen and creates an energy source (H2) that can be stored for later use.
Seeding the oceans with minerals to increase algae growth means more CO2 will be absorbed and sequestered on the ocean floor.
Biological sequestration as part of photosynthesis, or as a fertilizer, or physical sequestration underground, in concrete or other building, or raw material.
Adding charcoal or Basalt rock dust to the topsoil has been demonstrated to improve crop yields and sequester greenhouse gases.
Volcanic eruptions emit aerosols that are beneficial in reflecting sunlight back into space, thus reducing the incident energy.
The loss of land and sea ice is detrimental to the reflectivity of the Earth. Increasing the albedo factor would mean less heat absorbed at the surface.
Microreactors could provide a near limitless energy source to power the machines necessary to extract CO2, and other tasks.
A device for coordinating the overall heating and cooling of the climate and keeping temperatures within a favorable range.
The ocean tides can be harnessed to provide an energy source, this might also provide an opportunity for deacidification.
Conditioning waste heat or solar radiation with acoustic waves can produce significant cooling.
In addition to algae, other ocean-dwelling organisms such as seaweed and coral are efficient absorbers of carbon and potentially provide a nutrient-dense food source.
Acoustic or electromagnetic waves with the appropriate set of resonant frequencies could induce aggregation or degradation of desirable molecular bonds in greenhouse gases.
Bugs are an important source of protein, and have long been a staple of human diet. Insect farming presents an opportunity to replace animal protein with insect protein.
Lightning is capable of removing a significant amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. A combination of cloud seeding and terrestrial lightning rods could also provide an energy source.
The preparation of foods from raw ingredients is arguably, essential to human health. Changing the human diet of meat, dairy and processed foods to whole food, plant-based has merit.
A global council for natural resources could potentially buy, or take conservatorship of, natural resources like the Amazon and boreal forests, and stranded fossil fuel assets.
A ubiquitous clean energy source that is freestanding, or supplied via an existing distribution network could reduce reliance on fossil fuels almost overnight.
Hydrogen has the distinct advantage that it can be produced sustainably on-the-fly from sunlight and water and converted to electricity via a reversible fuel-cell.
A paradigm shift in the consensus of collective human consciousness for example "All life is sacred" could precipitate a mass rejection of some addictive impulse.
The complete cessation of all industrial greenhouse gas emissions, or "War on Climate", to return the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere to pre-industrial levels.
Living soil has the ability to sequester significant carbon, benefiting from animal grazing, moisture retention and generating it's own microclimate.
Arid land can be reclaimed by extracting moisture from the atmosphere to service root crops, or replenish aquifers.
Periodic shutdown of carbon-positive industries, since this may be order(s) of magnitude less expensive than the burgeoning costs of mitigation, or equivalent direct air capture (DAC).
A photon takes about one million years to exit the Sun. Any lengthening of this process or otherwise dimming would reduce the energy incident to the Earth.
Increasing the Earth's orbital distance from the Sun would result in diminished incidence of sunlight.
The very thing that annihilated the dinosaurs ~65M years ago, on a smaller scale, might create desirable aerosols.
Everything else outlandish or outrageous, that just might fly!
* These models are believed to be impractical in the required timeframe and are included for completeness.
♱ If you feel your idea deserves a different characterization you may request a new model.
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