James Rodger Fleming

The Checkered Past of Weather and Climate Control and Its Troubling Prospects

As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is gaining momentum. Forget cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, some scientists argue. Instead, bounce sunlight back into space by pumping reflective nanoparticles into the atmosphere. Launch mirrors into orbit around the Earth. Make clouds thicker and brighter to create a „planetary thermostat.“ Deploy geoengineering – planetary-scale intervention technologies – to buy some time for mitigation to work. Capture and sequester the world’s carbon emissions safely and economically for thousands of years. These ideas might sound like science fiction, but in fact they are part of a very old story rooted ...

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