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Creative Energy Solutions: Thinking Outside the Box — Noble Prize for Energy?

Creative Innovative Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World Requires Thinking Outside the Box: Asad Uddin’s essay provides excellent insight and an innovative approach to solving energy crisis. This post takes a deeper look at energy crisis because there are no coherent plans for sustainable energy production to satisfy the needs of the energy hungry world and population explosion in developing countries. President Obama of the U.S. and other world leaders are urged to initiate a global prize/award on energy such as the prestigious Noble Prize for Energy, to motivate young talented minds. We need to recognize diminishing natural resources of fossil-fuel based traditional energy production. Although, IPCC’s warnings suggested to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG) produced by burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and natural gas) but IPCC reports lack in providing clear solutions to sustainable clean energy production. Additionally, international efforts to reduce deforestation may only be helping big corporations which is a concern shared and voiced by some countries.

Solving Earth’s Energy Crisis: What I Would Do?

Asad Uddin, Mississippi, USA

Contributed by Asad Uddin, a high school senior from Oxford, Mississippi, USA.

Here are some recent news highlights which provide background info for this post:

  • Biofuels are not a solution to the climate and energy crisis – Nnimmo Bassey: …The term ‘biofuels’ is misleading. These plant-based fuels (such as ethanol) are better described as agrofuels….Many governments, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and multinational agribusiness, oil and transport companies are promoting agrofuels as a solution to world energy needs….A substantial and increasing amount of scientific research shows that agrofuels are fuelling deforestation, biodiversity loss and soil degradation, water pollution and depletion…. Many governments, lobbied by companies, are pushing the UN climate negotiations to support false solutions to the climate crisis, for instance shifting to agrofuels and trading carbon emissions instead of cutting them….Durban, South Africa, Nov 28, 2011, originally reported by IPS (Credit: Claudius/IPS).
  • Forest-Dependent Communities Lobby for End of REDD+: Organisations working with indigenous peoples living in forests say the United Nations programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is just another way for big corporations to reap huge profits….From 17th United Nations Climate Change Summit Meeting in Durban, South Africa, Nov 29 – originally reported by Inter Press Service (IPS), December 1, 2011.
  • Straight Talk on Climate Progress in California and Beyond: More analysis supports the need for intensified research on energy frontiers if ambitious greenhouse gas targets are to be met. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot Earth. View original post. November 29, 2011.
  • A Deeper Look at China, Coal and CO2: The report released by China just ahead of the round of climate treaty talks next week in Durban, South Africa, is clearly aimed at reinforcing China’s case that it is seriously engaged in addressing its contribution to the atmosphere’s building blanket of greenhouse gases. The report describes China’s policies and plans for sustaining economic growth while cutting energy waste and the rate of growth of its world-leading emissions of carbon dioxide. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot Earth. View original post. November 22, 2011.
  • Can the U.S. and Australia Slake China’s Coal Thirst and Still Claim CO2 Progress? Fast-growing exports of coal from rich countries to China show the limits of domestic greenhouse-gas policy. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot Earth. View original post. November 18, 2011.
  • Science and the Dangerous Climate Question: A climate scientist explains why science cannot define how much global warming is too much. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot Earth. View original post. November 17, 2011.
  • Energy Forecast: Fracking in China, Nuclear Uncertain, CO2 Up – A new forecast through 2035 sees gas eating in to the dominance of coal. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot Earth. View original post. November 9, 2011.

Dr. Uddin’s note: Asad Uddin’s essay provides excellent insight and an innovative approach to solving energy crisis and supporting future generations in a sustainable world. Some serious concerns follow to think about by all stakeholders and people worldwide :

  • No Sustainable Clean Energy Solutions: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), formed by the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization, has been warning the adverse impacts of climate change including weather related natural disasters. The IPCC contributes climate change to global warming which is caused by Greenhouse Gases produced by fossil-fuel based traditional energy production. However, the IPCC does not provides clear solutions to produce clean energy, discourage user addiction and dependence on fossil fuels, reduce deforestation, and recognize issues with biofuel and agrofuel marketing. In the U.S. there is an outcry of research effort and government funding to support research and automakers when the oil prices are high. For example, this was done to highlight hydrogen-fuel car technology and its media coverage during 2006-2008. No tangible commercial product has been implemented nationally or promoted by government agencies or oil companies because the oil prices dropped to the new normal low.
  • Unsustainable “Renewable” Energy Alternatives: As reviewed in the recent news highlights most energy solutions including biofuels and agrofuels and natural gas are not sustainable solutions. Even recent efforts in commercial large scale use of other renewable sources (wind and solar) are not universal solutions.
  • Nuclear Energy Not a Global Option: Recent tsunami disaster of nuclear power plants in Japan and Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia show that it is not wise to invest in and promote nuclear power on global basis.
  • Hydroelectric Energy Not a Long Term Solution: Clean energy from hydroelectric projects and dams provide good energy alternative on limited sites and these will be affected by climate change cycles.
  • Cities Should Do Better Energy Management and Reduce Energy Consumption: The Climate Change Mitigation Handbook (Springer 2011) chapter on transportation related GHG emissions is written by W. Uddin. It synthesizes the current knowledge that: about 50-80% people live in urban areas and cities, 75% emissions come from cities, 23% of all energy related emissions are produced by transport, additional emissions are contributed by the built environment, industries, and area sources. The chapter also recommends smart growth, cleaner mass transit, and increased fuel efficiency of transport vehicles to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Promoting Conservation through 3R Campaigns: For the short term solution, CONSERVATION is the key that every country and every community should strive to promote at all levels. This requires 3R campaign by Reducing consumption, Reusing, and Recycling.
  • “Thinking Outside The Box” Approach to Create Innovative Energy Solutions: For the long term solution, incentives/awards should be provided to young talented students in schools and universities by governments, large corporations, and philanthropist to invent/discover sustainable energy sources such as envisioned in Asad Uddin’s essay. Such incentives will motivate students who will be our future leaders for confronting energy crisis and creating sustainable solutions for our future generations.

Global Energy Prize to Young Minds on Energy Innovations: I propose to President Obama of the U.S. and other world leaders to initiate a global prize/award on energy such as the prestigious Noble Prize for Energy  to motivate young talented minds.


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