Also at the talk were Vinay Gupta (Ethereum), Rosalind Eggo, and Hugh Lewis discussing different avenues to potential Apocalypse and their likelihood, etc.
To be fair, that is something that almost every single developing nation in the history of human kind has suffered from greatly.
Ok they don’t chop down all of their trees. Of course they still have trees.
Another is how they investigated if they should make own nuclear weapons. They decided not to after getting assurances from industry that they can make an atomic bomb within months if needed.
I wonder what other possibilities or backup technologies they considered?
coal monoxide is a slow burning gas
Coal as in coal power, coal barbecue, and the element carbon use the same word. That’s not a coincidence.
Apart from some exotic forms like diamonds, trees or rabbits (less pure), coal is how we normally encounter carbon.
(But carbon monoxide is "Kohlenmonoxid")
Also graphite. But yeah, coal is basically the purest form of carbon in common bulk usage.
There are very few other alternatives that can claim the same. Perhaps Hydro? Solar panels don't offset their construction CO2 costs, and in fact almost can't even pay back their own construction energy costs if you factor in batteries plus materials, mining, and shipping.
As long as you're happy pouring carcinogens into the air, sure. Also, compared to oil or coal there's not much energy in wood, so it doesn't scale very well.
Solar doesn’t reduce atmospheric CO2, it just offsets other production of CO2.
Would that not, however, durably increase the baseline CO2 levels? Sure it is sustainable but do we want to sustain a 500 ppm level? Where would it bring us if the whole world switched from oil to wood?
The Doble steam cars are at least on the cusp of practical.
(they are very high maintenance compared to modern cars)
No power takeoff from the turbine in this case, of course, but the principle is sound.
The main problem is refueling, because the combustion chamber has a higher pressure. With a liquid fuel, you just spray it in at pressure, but with wood that isn't possible.