Engineering the Climate

February 18, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Geoengineering is seen by Samuel Thernstrom in this article in The American as a way to buy time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Q: What is geoengineering?
A: Many scientists and policymakers have become increasingly pessimistic about the prospects in the near future of sharply reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, so scholars have begun to consider whether there might be other ways to counteract global warming, particularly if it proves to be severe. “Geoengineering” is the most common term for efforts to intentionally change the Earth’s environment in ways that would compensate for the effects of elevated greenhouse gas concentrations. “Climate engineering” might be a better term for this concept.

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