Welcome to the Cquestrate blog
Cquestrate launched just over two weeks ago and we’ve already seen a great level of discussion on the website. Some of the comments and contributions have started to move the project forward in encouraging ways.
However, discussions about Cquestrate aren’t restricted to this website and it has been fascinating to read, and contribute to, what has been going on elsewhere. Here’s a very small sample:
- Alexis Madrigal covered Cquestrate on the Wired Science blog
- FT.com’s Undercover Economist mentioned Cquestrate after meeting Tim Kruger
- Larvatus Prodeo has hosted a long-running, well-informed debate
- A Slashdot post on the day that Cquestrate launched has so far attracted 874 comments (some funny, some actually quite helpful)
- On the day of launch, Cquestrate was featured in the top 5 ‘upcoming’ environmental stories on Digg
- Cquestrate has made news abroad and has been picked up on in France by Gizmodo.fr and in the djibnet.com forum. Also in Spain on NeoFronteras.
Unfortunately, it can be tricky to find all of these conversations. However, it’s important we do our best to follow them – we don’t want to miss out on some potentially valuable information.
If you are part of a community that has discussed Cquestrate or if you’ve blogged about the project, please let us know in the comments below.
Prevention is better than a cure – but if you can’t prevent something from happening then you sure want to have a cure.
Heating up vast quantities of limestone to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and mitigate ocean acidification would not be necessary if we drastically reduced our emissions of CO2. People have suggested in comments posted to this site that what we need to do is have serious reforestation efforts and increase our energy efficiency to prevent runaway climate change - I couldn’t agree more. But we need to recognise that even if it were possible to change the way that people behave, that reforestation and energy efficiency may simply not be sufficient to solve the problem.
There are concerns that this process involves the processing of colossal quantities of limestone, but then the size of the problem is colossal too. There’s an interesting blog at Wired about what the author, Alexis Madrigal, calls “Gesturengineering” – we need to recognise that changing lightbulbs and not putting our TV on standby, whilst useful and necessary steps to reduce our emissions, are not sufficient – gestures alone are not enough. We need to recognise that the steps we need to take to tackle climate change will need to be much more than cosmetic – that they will affect our economic well-being and may have some side-effects – there probably is no perfect pain-free solution.