Everyday geoengineering: five climate change innovations from Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future

From the stabilisation of Antarctica’s sliding glaciers, the mass adoption of regenerative agriculture, to a new age of solar-powered sail and the return of the airship, Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest climate fiction previews the technologies we may — before too much longer — be using in the real world.

Comandante Ferraz Antarctica Research Station | Estudio41

1. Solar engineering

2. Harnessing the power of the Sun

What is this? A sixth of humanity on one big triangular patch of land, caught under the blazing sun, cut off by a mighty range of mountains: who are these people? A democracy, a polyglot coalition — wait, can it be? And what can it be? Do we make the Chinese, who so decisively stepped onto the world stage at the start of this century, look dictatorial, monolithic, brittle, afraid? Is India now the bold new leader of the world? We think maybe so.

3. Stabilising sea levels

4. A new age of sail

5. The carbon coin: a new green currency

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