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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Climate Change: As Humans Fumble Climate Challenge, Interest Grows In Geoengineering

As Humans Fumble Climate Challenge, Interest Grows In Geoengineering

Scholars of geoengineering have reported increasing interest in their work this month as humans seem increasingly unlikely to avert catastrophic global warming.

Governments, universities, think tanks and international bodies are turning to the idea of tinkering with the earth by making it absorb more carbon dioxide or reflect more sunlight into space, the scholars said.

"Even a decade ago this was largely in the realm of fantasy for many, but now there’s a lot of discussion of this in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, in various government research programs, et cetera," said Wil Burns, the co-executive director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment.

Harvard researcher David Keith said in an appearance at Carnegie-Mellon University this month that Janos Pasztor's interest in geoengineering "has really changed things." Pasztor was the chief advisor on climate to former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He has entered the once-marginalized discussion of geoengineering—which Keith said "is in some ways like the adult as entered the room." Last year Pasztor became the founding director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Project.

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Source: Forbes

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