WIT Press

On the need for a global engineering initiative to mitigate climate change

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EQ-V1-N2-155-162

Volume

Volume 1 (2016), Issue 2

Pages

7

Page Range

155 - 162

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

MAX F. PLATZER

Abstract

There is growing scientific evidence that the continued emission of greenhouse gases will eventually lead to catastrophic irreversible climate change and that, therefore, a global effort needs to be started to transition to a fully renewable economy. In this article, the engineering challenges of converting to emission-free power generation are reviewed and the feasibility of two proposed solutions, i.e. the ‘wind–water–solar’ and the ‘energy ship’ proposals, are discussed. It is concluded that a well-conceived and executed engineering effort needs to be initiated and guided by a Global Engineering Council for the purpose of examining and ranking various proposals and making specific recommendations.

Keywords

climate change, climate mitigation, emission-free power generation, renewable energy, wind power