23 Apr '11, 9am

Geoengineering is a leap from the fire into the frying pan

Geoengineering is a leap from the fire into the frying pan

The 'Plan B' for finding a way out of the global warming fix - geoengineering - has been in the news again of late. A couple of weeks ago there was a meeting of the 'great and good' in the UK, at the Chicheley Hall conference. That meeting saw scientists, lawyers and policy experts from across the globe, invited to thrash out the complex issues surrounding geoengineering. And in Vienna, the European Geophysical Union has just had a week-long conference on the same topic. But are the ideas, that these scientists are discussing, able to move beyond the floating of wild flights of fancy? And given that we are planted firmly in the global warming fire, right now, is geoengineering a carefully aimed bucket of cold water - or a mistaken leap into a sizzling frying pan? In a sense we are in the middle of a great global geoengineering project already. The pumping of billions of to...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/geoengineering-leap-fir...

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