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EcoGeek interviews Karl Schroeder

Those EcoGeeks in the US have interviewed Karl Schroeder, a science fiction writer who also blogs for the climate change website, WorldChanging.

Definitely worth a read, if only to hear his thoughts on technology, nuclear power and farming.

Here’s an excerpt:

EcoGeek: What new technologies do you think have the potential for the greatest positive impact on the environment?

Karl Schroeder: I like to play a little game called ‘if I had a billion dollars’ (with a nod to the Barenaked Ladies’ song). If I did, I’d drop $200 million on Bussard (I’m sure he’d enjoy that); $200 million on kickstarting a vertical farming industry, the same on ocean iron-fertilization studies, another chunk on developing an agrichar infrastructure, and the rest on various projects that can’t get funding because they have a low probability of success, but massive payoff if they do work. –Which is precisely where our investment should be flowing right now, because we don’t have time for incremental development to solve the climate crisis. We need miracles, and those don’t come from slow, safe R&D projects–such as ITER.