07 Nov '11, 10am

#Durban climate summit: 'Sideline the UN' says leading academic

#Durban climate summit: 'Sideline the UN' says leading academic

I don't think we are anywhere near resolving the issues without a fairly heavy dose of innovation. Both globally and nationally we should be spending to try and produce such innovation and even though you can't predict the future, you can certainly see some areas where it would be very valuable. For example, if we could find some way of storing electricity on the large scale, it would be very valuable in terms of promoting the spread of renewable energy. I think we have to start spending now on geo-engineering. At the moment we are just miles away from being able to control carbon emissions. The most effective form of geo-engineering, if someone could make a breakthrough would be finding some way of taking greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere on a large scale. We don't know whether it will ever be possible to do that but I think we have to invest and investigate ...

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