Climate change is real. Few doubt that now. Governments try to impose, rather weak, legislation to combat climate change such as imposing reductions in carbon emissions, but in truth nothing is changing. The Department of Energy reported that the largest increase in carbon emissions ever occurred in 2010, and according to the International Energy Agency the global temperature could reach a dangerous and irreversible level by 2017 if drastic, coordinated action is not taken to reduce greenhouse gases.
As time runs out for conventional methods such as emission reduction, scientists, backed by the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson, are pushing for a “plan B” which utilises geoengineering to manipulate the environment in order to cool the atmosphere. The scientists are lobbying governments and international organisations for funds to experiment with the different approaches to geoengineering that could be used. Methods include: fertilising the oceans to create blooms of algae and other plant life which would draw vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the air; or spraying reflective particles or chemicals into the upper atmosphere in order to reflect sunlight and heat back into space.
Geoengineering would be much cheaper than reducing emissions, and also much quicker to produce results. However it is considered controversial due to the potential risks, which need to be identified with funded research and experiments before any methods are implemented on a large scale. There is even the fear that technologies capable of altering the atmosphere of climate on a global scale could be used to create new weapons of mass destruction.
By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com
James Burgess studied Business Management at the University of Nottingham. He has worked in property development, chartered surveying, marketing, law, and accounts. He has also…