Kim Stanley Robinson argues that blanket opposition to intervening in the climate is wrongheaded.
It boils down to a failure to question capitalism, civilization, and the notion of progress.
GW: As an instructive example on this can be found in the fourth assessment of the IPCC - the one that came out in 2007. It
The climate news gets scarier by the day. February obliterated all records as the warmest seasonally-adjusted month since measurements began. At this rate, we're on a path to blow through the 1.5º C temperature rise the nations of the world set as a goal at COP21 in a few years.
We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?
"Since its cause is principally our burning of fossil fuel, it should make us fear what might be the next result of continuing
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
If we don't want to screw up our climate, it is time to put the fruitless debates on climate-engineering techniques to rest, and focus on the only real solution, which is a tremendous challenge requiring all our intellectual resources: The mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Unsurprisingly, there are a number of uncertainties and undesirable side-effects with this plan and some oppose even studying geoengineering. To date, there has been no major publicly funded research program in geoengineering.
The reports emphasize the need to cut the emission of climate-warming greenhouse gases. But, the researchers conclude, "if
I find it awesome that despite the distinct possibility that it won't work and the near certainty of disastrous side effects and suffering for billions of people if it does, scientists are still pursuing geo-engineering
If solar radiation management could be implemented (which is a big question, since it has never been done and the equipment to implement either cloud brightening or creation of stratospheric clouds does not exist), it would have benefits. But I have identified at least 26 possible risks.
The ACDC plan, code-named "Rainmaker," is considered by experts to be groundbreaking not only because it did not require the construction of a vast industrial infrastructure; it also helped keep flights on time.