23 Jan '12, 7pm

Complications of Hacking the Planet

European Pressphoto Agency Laborers in Suchate Garh, India, near the border with Pakistan, planting rice seedlings. As scientists, with some reluctance, begin to study the idea of “geoengineering ” the planet to slow or halt global warming, they are finding that any such program would quite likely have a complex array of effects, not all of them to humanity’s benefit. In a paper released on Sunday by the journal Nature Climate Change, four California researchers used computer analysis to test the idea of managing incoming sunlight and predicted what that would do to crop yields. As an example of the strategies that might be employed, some sunlight could be deflected away from the earth by using planes or rockets to scatter sulfur compounds into the upper atmosphere on a routine basis, mimicking the effect of big volcanic eruptions. It is a potential response to global warm...

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