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First-of-its-kind study to geoengineer atmosphere

Apr 12, 2017, 2:38 AM EDT
(Source: Andrea Della Adriano/flickr)
(Source: Andrea Della Adriano/flickr)

A team of researchers at Harvard University has planned a contentious experiment that would geoengineer the earth’s atmosphere to combat the growing threat of climate change. The first-of-its-kind study involves shooting aerosols into the sky to block solar radiation, a concept that many experts describe as too dangerous and ineffective in tackling global warming.

Frank Keutsch, one of the Harvard scientists leading the study, admits that solar geoengineering cannot be an alternative to cutting down emissions level while adding that the knowledge of a simple technological solution to offset global warming could prove handy, writes Seeker.

Amid a fiercely divided scientific community, there are apprehensions that the technology, if it works, could encourage bad behavior, deterring world leaders from making necessary reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Critics say a technological “fix” such as solar geoengineering could ease pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, eventually intensifying the environmental crisis, notes MIT Technology Review.

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