If it is not too late and futile by now to try to counter the effects of global warming, we have another one of those simple, low tech science thoughts that everyone will ignore.
Our thoughts attempting to address the problem have focused on renewable rather than fossil fuel energy, as our releasing fossil fuel into the atmosphere, along with chopping down all the forests, may well have caused the warming of the earth and the melting of the glaciers, the rise of sea levels and the change of weather patterns world wide. Nice goin’, Western science and capitalist economy!
Photosynthesis is what removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So why do we not invent a form of production that imitates photosynthesis, not only using solar energy to produce something, but doing what plants do, turning the fossil fuel released back into oxygen and carbon or non-gasses (like oil and coal), and making sugars to boot, as plants do? Artificial food may not be all that tasty, but it would sure work in a pinch for the third of the world that does not get enough to eat. That would make giant carbon dioxide cleansers affordable. And, if we are smarter than the guys who worked the last, industrial revolution, we might even think ahead about what long term problems this solution will create, if there are drawbacks to having too much oxygen, like Eden, or too much sugar and cellulose or whatever other brilliant things we can make converting carbon dioxide into oxygen with sunlight. Maybe we can even improve on what is done by plants, and come up with some very efficient way of getting this dang carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. But we do not hear much about the Ozone hole any more, other problems having superseded that one, and we having stopped the release of refrigerants.
Yet it may well be too late. The ice melting decreases the pressure on the floating crust of the earth, and we think this just might blow the super-volcanoeunder Yellowstone, leading to Revelation 18. Not to worry! But we do want to make sure that liberty can be defended without us by the rest of the world, and that our great achievements, such as the writings of the Western world, Plato, Aristotle, Jefferson and others are preserved in places that might survive.