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Monday, July 9, 2018

Engineering lower CO2 emissions / What portion of the growth is caused by population growth?


Some quotes from:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/population-growth-climate-change/

According to the United Nations Population Fund, human population grew from 1.6 billion to 6.1 billion people during the course of the 20th century. (Think about it: It took all of time for population to reach 1.6 billion; then it shot to 6.1 billion over just 100 years.) During that time emissions of CO2, the leading greenhouse gas, grew 12-fold.

“Population, global warming and consumption patterns are inextricably linked in their collective global environmental impact,” reports the Global Population and Environment Program at the non-profit Sierra Club. “As developing countries’ contribution to global emissions grows, population size and growth rates will become significant factors in magnifying the impacts of global warming.”

Many population experts believe the answer lies in improving the health of women and children in developing nations. By reducing poverty and infant mortality, increasing women’s and girls’ access to basic human rights (health care, education, economic opportunity), educating women about birth control options and ensuring access to voluntary family planning services, women will choose to limit family size.

As is also pointed out in The World Pension Plan mission.

  1. A worldwide basic pension of $1 per day.
  2. Base education for everybody.
  3. Equal trade rights for all communities.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Engineering lower CO2 emissions

Where to begin.

It seems to a good idea to start with investigating what are the activities with the biggest CO2 emission.
Fortunately the Dutch government already did so.
If we look at the two biggest sources the solution looks simple: Stop making electricity and plant trees or stop sawing them.
Obviously stop making electricity should be, stop making electricity from carbon sources. So at a first glance it looks smart to make electricity from wind and sun. But also new forms of nuclear are valid area's to put efforts in. Investigating what balance can be achieved in the wind; sun; nuclear mix looks to be sensible.
The question is however what portion of the growth is caused by population growth? The next question is what is the individual CO2 emission profile trend in history and what is its correlation with individual wealth? These questions seem to be relevant for both electricity production and deforestation.

Step two

Find answers on:
  1. What balance in the wind; sun; nuclear mix is most sensible?
  2. What portion of the growth is caused by population growth?
  3. What is the individual CO2 emission profile trend in history?
  4. What is its correlation between individual wealth, CO2 emission and deforestation?