I love it when there's a plan to just do something bigger than it's been done before, in the quest to hopefully also make it better. And so we come to this plan from Quaise Energy, a new startup planning to dig a hole 20 kilometres into the Earth's crust - almost twice as far as the deepest hole we've ever dug to date.
What's down there? Well, apart from a lot of rock, there's also a lot of heat, and this is part of a plan to find a more universal source of geothermal energy that could be done anywhere (rather than just in places like Iceland, where there's magma close to the surface).
And, straight out of a James Bond movie, they are going to make this hole using "millimetre wave electromagnetic drilling", which from what I can tell is basically a giant laser. No word yet on how they plan to get a fluid down there, heated up, and returned, but maybe the world's longest pipe will join the world's deepest hole.
There are a lot of potential ways of reducing emissions and helping ease the impact of climate change, but this one was new to me - relocating all the farmland and crop usage throughout the world to places where it makes more sense.
That's not only matching the crops more closely to the soils and sun conditions they prefer, it's also moving them to places that have natural rainfall rather than relying on mechanical irrigation. You can see both a proposed global relocation and a smaller within-each-country relocation in the paper's figure 1, which gives you a good idea of what this might involve.
There's not much mention of how we would relocate all this farmland, what is currently occupying that same space right now, or who would work it, of course, so this is far from a practical plan. But it could be a good basis for governments to form farming subsidy policies, for example.
America is rather heavily reliant on long-haul trucking to move much of its goods around the country - which is a little unfortunate when it's an industry that relies on exploiting its labour and which has a turnover rate of 94 percent after just one year.
This article dives into some of the reasons and the conditions truckers currently face, as well as some of the knock-on effects that might happen (and in some cases, already are). It's a classic tale of a once well-protected and respected job being eroded by anti-union activity and misclassification of employees, among others.
Is there hope in sight? Some, for sure, but a full solution to the issue might rely on the US becoming a more worker-friendly place rather than an employer-friendly place, and that is a transition that seems anything but assured.