10 Feb '12, 4pm

Geoengineering is picking up steam among rich people: Like, Bill Gates level.

Geoengineering — the notion that we might blunt some of the effects of climate change by, for example, creating an artificial volcano to shade earth’s surface and cool the planet — is picking up steam among rich people. And not just Montgomery Burns! Philanthropists too! The latest to join the fray are Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and “tar-sands magnate Murray Edwards,” reports the Guardian . Just goes to show you what strange bedfellows geoengineering makes. A small group of leading climate scientists, financially supported by billionaires including Bill Gates, are lobbying governments and international bodies to back experiments into manipulating the climate on a global scale to avoid catastrophic climate change. The motivation for doing these experiments is straightforward: There’s already good evidence that geoengineering works (from models and natural experiments like...

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