Climate change has spawned its very own science-fiction (sci-fi) sub-genre – cli-fi – which explores techno-fixes as much as doomsday scenarios. Some of the imagined solutions are seriously off the planet, but not all techno-fixes are purely fictional.
This course discusses the mounting problems of climate change, pollution, energy security and dwindling supplies – and the need for a near-total transformation of the world’s energy systems. It is assumed that the next-generation nuclear technologies offer the best chance of curing our hydrocarbon addiction.
These and ‘techno-fixes’ such as geoengineering, genetically modified organisms and nanotechnology can avoid destructive overuse of natural and agricultural landscapes and reduce our footprint by sparing land and resources.
1. Learn about the various techno-fixes that can possibly contribute to the alleviation of climate change effects.
2. Understand how these techno-fixes work and their impact on the environment.
3. Know the policies and proposals that can help enforce the application of technology in answer to climate change.