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LivBoeree comments on Open Thread #39 - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: LivBoeree 23 April 2018 12:41:10PM 6 points [-]

Hi all, Liv here (REG co-founder). I've just joined the forum for the first time and don't have enough karma to post in the main thread yet, but hopefully someone very well-versed in climate change intervention rankings will see this:

I'm looking for feedback on the following prioritisation list http://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank

This list is being referenced by a potentially very high impact and well-intentioned individual I'm in conversation with, but it IMO it contains a number of surprises and omissions. Does anyone have a more EA-vetted ranking of interventions they could direct me to? Feel free to PM me, thanks.

Comment author: DavidNash 23 April 2018 02:55:35PM 1 point [-]

Could also post to the effective environmentalism group on FB as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509936222639432/

Comment author: Roxanne_Heston  (EA Profile) 12 July 2018 01:18:49AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: weeatquince  (EA Profile) 08 July 2018 10:18:18PM 0 points [-]

Hi, a little late, but did you get an answer to this? I am not an expert but can direct this to people in EA London who can maybe help.

My very initial (non-expert) thinking was:

  • this looks like a very useful list of how to mitigate climate consequences through further investment in existing technologies.

  • this looks like a list written by a scientist not a policy maker. Where do diplomatic interventions such as "subsidise China to encourage them not to mine as much coal" etc fall on this list. I would expect subsidies to prevent coal mining are likely to be effective.

  • "atmospheric carbon capture" is not on the list. My understanding is that "atmospheric carbon capture" may be a necessity for allowing us to mitigate climate change in the long run (by controlling CO2 levels) whereas everything else on this list is useful in the medium-short run none of these technologies are necessary.