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  • Geoengineering is no silver bullet

    Commenting on a report published today by the Royal Society, looking into the feasibility and potential dangers of tackling climate change with geoengineering, Friends of the Earth's Head of Climate Change Mike Childs said: 'Geoengineering is no silver bullet - it won't solve climate change. The different options will take time to develop, risks need to be properly researched, and if we use ...


    By Friends of the Earth

  • IPCC assesses geoengineering proposals

    Geoengineering experts, who gathered this week to assess proposals for manipulating the earth to avoid climate disaster, have stressed that they are not planning to make recommendations about actions the world should take — but are merely assessing whether the proposals are sound science. Spraying the atmosphere with aerosols; changing the colour of clouds; and 'fertilising' oceans with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Scientists reject aerosol geoengineering

    Geoengineering schemes that could help some countries deal with global warming could have the opposite effect in others, according to a study. Geoengineering refers to large-scale interventions, such as capturing greenhouse gases, aimed at tackling global warming. Some climate scientists have suggested adding aerosols to the atmosphere to deflect the sun's rays in what they call 'solar radiation ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Take geoengineering off the table!

    Today, 125 international and national organizations, representing at least 40 countries from all continents, sent an open letter to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), demanding a clear statement of its commitment to precaution and to the existing international moratorium on geoengineering. The IPCC will hold an expert meeting on geoengineering 20-22 June in Lima, Peru. (The ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering

    Geoengineering, by definition, is any deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract human-caused climate change. As the planet continues to warm, the potential solutions offered by geoengineering are tempting, and several serious projects are actively being pursued. In the latest edition of the Worldwatch Institute's ( ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Geoengineering could worsen climate change

    Geoengineering – which sometimes seems to be the despairing climate scientist’s Plan B – simply won’t work. It won’t offer a quick fix to the planet’s burden of global warming, and it will be difficult to convince anybody that it could work at all. Geoengineering is any deliberate, large-scale intervention in the workings of the climate machine ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Geoengineering experiments contested at UN meeting in Nairobi

    As huge cloud-whitening experiment goes public, global coalition urges an immediate halt to geoengineering First UN talks on issue in thirty years begin ...

  • Developing countries `need a say in geoengineering debates`

    Decisions on whether and how to use massive technical solutions known as 'geoengineering' to mitigate or reverse climate change must involve developing countries, a session on geoengineering governance at the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Concerns grow over effects of solar geoengineering

    The latest studies on solar geoengineering to tackle climate change are reinforcing the case for a global governance system and further study before deployment, as they show that the approach may have little effect on ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • An unspoken option if climate talks fail: Geoengineering

    It's the option climate negotiators here are loath to talk about. What if they fail to curb global warming and the environment gets so dangerous that someone decides to do something drastic and play mad scientist? Should nations purposely pollute the planet to try to counteract man-made warming and cool the world? Scientists are pretty sure they can do it, but should they? The issue is called ...


    By Associated Press

  • Royal Society launches climate geoengineering study

    A major new study looking at whether planetary scale geoengineering schemes could play a role in preventing the worst effects of climate change is being launched by the Royal Society the UK academy of science today. The study will look at a range of ambitious proposals that have been receiving increasing attention and consider whether they could be feasible or effective. It will also look at the ...


    By Royal Society

  • Geoengineering experiments contested at UN meeting in Nairobi

    Amidst revelations in this weekends London Times newspaper that a team of scientists and engineers funded by billionaire Bill Gates are planning to carry outa 10,000 square kilometer field trial ofcontroversial cloud-whitening technology, over one hundred civil society groups are urging governments meeting on biological diversity in Nairobi to stop risky geoengineering experiments now. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Emission Control - Geoengineering to remove Carbon Dioxide from the Air

    The notion of global warming was first mooted by French scientist and mathematician Joseph Fourier in 1824 and discovered by John Tyndall in 1860, he and later, Svante Arrhenius, pinned down the mechanisms. It is perhaps deceived wisdom that Arrhenius was the first to suggest that Sweden might once again be able to grow tropical fruit, such as bananas with a little geo-engineering, but Alexander ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar geoengineering R&D needs better governance, says report

    Solar geoengineering could provoke international tensions, so early collaboration on its governance is needed to prevent deployment of untested technologies, says a report. It found that reflecting sunlight back into space may be a quick and relatively cheap way of tackling global warming, but it could also have ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Geoengineering: may provide help but not the cure to counteract effects of greenhouse gases

    Scientists say large-scale engineering projects designed to counteract the effects of greenhouse gases should not be considered as an alternative to strategies which directly reduce carbon emissions. As complementary schemes, however, they may be of some benefit. Large-scale geoengineering schemes for mitigating climate change have attracted increasing publicity in recent years. But in order to ...

  • Innovyze sets smart water geoengineering standard with ArcGIS 10.1 compatibility

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today announced the full compatibility of its GIS-centric products with ArcGIS 10.1, the latest ArcGIS release from Esri (Redlands, CA). Innovyze is committed to providing the water and wastewater industry with powerful, easy-to-use smart water network modeling and management solutions ...


    By Innovyze

  • Biodiversity meeting calls for more science-based information

    An international meeting on biodiversity has called for more science-based information, the closure of knowledge gaps, and increased precaution, in the emerging fields of synthetic biology and geoengineering (climate engineering). Two decisions related to these areas, among a set of 34 decisions adopted at the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Artificial Cooling Tricky Topic for Climate Panel

    It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A - slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels - is moving so slowly. The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under ...


    By Associated Press

  • Rethinking Carbon Dioxide: From a pollutant to an asset

    With global greenhouse gas emissions still on the rise, despite decades of talk about curbing them, maybe the time has come to think differently about the climate crisis. Yes, we need to burn less coal, oil and natural gas, but clearly fossil fuels are going to be around for awhile. So why not try to clean up the mess they make? That's what a handful of prominent scientists are trying to do by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • What can we do about global warming?

    Science suggests that to mitigate the human contribution to global warming, we should reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Because some additional warming is inevitable-even if we achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions quickly-we should make plans to adapt to coming climate change. If we are unable to control emissions and/or adapt to unavoidable changes quickly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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