Indrani Graczyk and JT Reager from JPL: How Do Satellites Help Us Make Better Decisions About Water and Drought?
"We are in a golden age of water information for this planet, where we have more information streaming in now from satellites than we've probably ever had at any point in human history. The challenge is just making sense of that data."
"I think that it's possible, but it requires a coordinated and concerted effort all the way across the innovation chain, from research and development to deployment and policy. No one thing would allow us to achieve it."
"The question is when we will hit this wall where the current architecture stops being enough—where power outages start to become more likely, when costs start to go up. Our research is targeted on getting through that wall, breaking down that wall, so that when you get there, you can still progress."
"Microbial communities stand to profoundly impact agriculture in a way that could make an outsized contribution to our planet. Whether we will be able to productively harness these communities as the climate changes depends on our ability to understand them in diverse locales and creatively apply our knowledge."
"To make a difference in global sustainability via chemical manufacturing, we want to prioritize. Which chemicals offer the best opportunities? That depends on the scale at which they are produced and how much associated CO2 and other pollutants that production puts in the air."
"Extreme-event attribution (EEA)—a branch of climate science that has emerged over the past 20 years—asks the question: How much more or less likely has an extreme event become as a result of climate change?"
"It would be really great [...] if we could come up with a sustainable and inexpensive energy-storage solution that would propel wind and solar into the same regime of something like coal, which is relatively cheap."
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