Maximising the Impact of ‘Green’ Energy Technologies

Humanity’s energy needs have been increasing on a global level, more than doubling in the past three and a half decades. The major energy sources that we have rashly harnessed to support this increase are fossil fuels. During the past two decades, it has become increasingly evident that relying on fossil fuels for most of our energy needs continues to contribute massively to global climate change. The excess heat trapped in our world due to the runaway increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels is destabilising our world at an unprecedented scale. This threatens the safety and well-being of humanity, as well as the biodiversity around us that we take for granted. In this difficult situation, can humanity come up with creative solutions that balance our requirement for energy with survival?