Doug Vining Weather modification

Via @thomasfrey on Twitter:
Moscow Mayor promises a winter without snow http://bit.ly/4slDiO weather modification is ramping up
Posted: 21 October 2009 at 20:15

Doug Vining New solar fuel machine

Is it possible that this development might herald a new way of turning sunlight into fuel? Although it does not use nanotech as such, it could provide clues for future breakthroughs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12051167
Posted: 10 January 2011 at 14:02

Doug Vining Carbon as a resource, out of thin air

Now we're talking! Imagine a scenario like this:

Huge carbon dioxide plants, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere, regurgitating it on demand for industry and bioculture. Just think of the benefits, for everyone. A potential Black Swan that could completely change the world as we know it.

The next step would be to figure out a way of converting carbon dioxide and water vapour into methanol, and hey presto! Limitless fuel. But I guess that's just too futuristic. Or is it?

Didn't Richard Branson offer $25 million to the first successful idea that could reverse carbon dioxide levels? He better start getting his checkbook ready.
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Posted: 25 February 2011 at 18:20

Doug Vining Collaboration on grand ideas

The great thing about ARPA-E (which is the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy in the US) is the way it creates a platform for collaboration. A place where ideas can spark off other ideas and maybe come up with something radically innovative, that works.

Maybe this idea is crazy: Grow reflective plants that will combat global warming by reflecting light back into space. But maybe that will spark some more ideas about energy and the environment that prove to be real game-changers.
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Posted: 4 March 2013 at 13:27

Doug Vining Hacking the planet

One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that geoengineering might be feasible in the future. But beware unintended consequences!
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Posted: 28 March 2017 at 10:30

Doug Vining Rebuilding the earth

A decade ago - yes in 2009! - we speculated in MindBullets that climate change could be 'fixed' with geoengineering, but we also warned against unintended (harmful) consequences. Now a new study says it can be done safely, using "small doses". We remain unconvinced that tinkering with atmospheric and solar systems is a good idea.
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Posted: 15 March 2019 at 13:24
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