The Royal Society and fantastic and dangerous ideas of reducing climate change

There are many ways to slow down the rate of climate change by reducing emissions. We can have solar panels on every home, cover the shores of the seas with very large wind turbines, save energy use, prevent unnecessary energy use and even ration fossil fuel energy. These are the simple ways, simple but they come at a cost.

There are other ways which might reduce the rate of climate change which do not involve energy. Some of these ways are proven but little used. For example many buildings in Greece and Cyprus are painted white, including the roofs, which reflects back energy into the atmosphere, instead of absorbing it. Very few buildings in Southern California, which has a very similar climate to that of Greece, are either painted white or have white roofs. These buildings absorb energy as heat, making the use of more air conditioning than necessary. They warm the planet. Continue reading