Jordi Salvat i Alabart

Barcelona, Spain

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Jordi Salvat i Alabart
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think the world will be like in the year 3012?
With apologies. Earth's atmosphere will have gone the way of Venus', owing to a run-away greenhouse effect. Average temperature is north of 300ºC, and pressure well above 70 bar. Some people initially survived in domes, a few more in extra-terrestrial installations, but in a couple hundred years the first faded away and the second, not having yet reached the point where they can live and progress fully autonomously, are quickly following. What follows is fantasy, since there is no one to recount it. The climate change was too fast for all but very few organisms to adapt, so life mostly disappeared, except for a few extremophiles which were already adapted to a hot sulfur-rich atmosphere and some fungi which managed to float around in the higher altitudes. Essentially we're back to Achaean. It will take at least another 30m years for photosynthesis to reappear and begin the oxygenation of the atmosphere, and the cycle to start again.
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Jordi Salvat i Alabart
Posted over 3 years ago
T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas
I was going to add a comment congratulating TED for bringing in a guy who is so against the views usually exposed in its conferences -- not many organizations dare to so openly invite "the enemy" to participate. Then I saw your comment and thought I'd reshape my comment as an answer instead. You may disagree with Mr. Pickens' statements, his values, even his views of the world. Being European, his US-centric chauvinism makes me cringe -- but it is nevertheless a very important viewpoint from a person who knows the industry better than anyone.