DON’T FREAK, TWEAK
The planet you were born on is in trouble. When we take its temperature, we walk away shaking our heads. The patient is burning up with a fever.
No matter who’s at fault (some say it’s not us humans), the seas keep rising and the storms keep getting nastier.
What to do?
Getting emissions cut back to neutral is a pipe dream.
And pointing fingers is a waste of time. It’s too late anyway. The horse is out.
So some are asking if we can’t take a few risks. What about all that scientific know-how we supposedly have? Could we engineer our way out of this mess? Maybe do something to the oceans so that more carbon gets captured by plankton? Change the clouds so that more sunlight gets reflected? Would it be ethical to do stuff like that? Could we get all the countries in this huge world to go along with it?
Most of all, would such crazy and unprecedented projects work or would they blow up in our faces?
The Journal Of Climate Change thought this would be the right time to figure it out. Its December issue is a “special”. Twelve papers on the subject of geoengineering.
Maybe getting so many ideas under one cover and so many authors in one room (for a separate conference) could start the process of thrashing out some of the differences. At least, that’s the hope. Ethicists and political scientists are in the mix. They’re supposed to help the techies to see the bigger picture. These aren’t, after all, exactly backyard experiments. If one or more of them actually gets the go ahead, it would be the first time anyone had the goobers to deliberately tamper with the planet in that way.
If it makes you feel better, a set of guiding principles (the Oxford Principles) has already been worked out to, maybe, guide the hand of future world wide climate experiments.
Just in case.
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The drawing is my own.
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