The taxpayers then have to deal with the aftermath of deforestation.
I believe it's available on Prime.
Idea: It would be useful to have global competitions with hefty prizes, e.g > $1M, for process inventions that address scarcity problems like this to spur independent young researchers.
Audio -> https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/07/13/628894815/epis...
Transcript -> https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?stor...
Like a Spacechem/Opus Magnum puzzle that has a dune sand input and a construction sand output.
An, no, 'solar light' isn't free. There's a cost in collecting it. And even then, it's worth something as electricity. Probably worth more than the resulting sand is (currently) worth?
Basic mining and minerals is all, entirely and totally about the cost of extraction. It has to pay.
If that ever happens, history does rhyme.
Alternatively, I wonder if just splitting spherical sand in half would work?
Edit: It seems I am shadow banned. I am going to take this as a deep insult.
Cross-Laminated timber or CLT.
12 and 18 storey structures have been built.
As far as fires go, yes, they will burn eventually, but they won’t weaken as quickly as steel. You get more time to evacuate.
It strikes me that there might not be a replacement for concrete in other forms of building though - what about dams, bridges, etc?
Yeah, wood, too.