“In particular, I believe there should be a U.S. government research program on solar radiation, how to manage it and eventually how to commercialize it.”
Methods to adjust the planetary thermostat might prove necessary, sparking interest from researchers to government agencies
By Umair Irfan | Thursday, July 18, 2013
Nature’s version of geoengineering includes volcanoes, like Japan’s Sakurajima, that change the climate by injecting huge, sulfurous clouds into the air. Image: Flickr/David McKelvey
Scientists are taking a hard look at tweaking the planet’s thermostat with geoengineering methods, which were once a taboo avenue for research, as a way to stave off some of the worst-case scenarios for the warming Earth.
Earlier this week, the National Research Council convened a committee to review approaches that could cool the world, with the goal of creating a scientific foundation that could help resolve political, ethical and…
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