Let’s play devil’s advocate for geoengineering

Oct 22, 2018, 8:36 AM EDT
(Source: chuck kaloustian/flickr)
(Source: chuck kaloustian/flickr)

Geoengineering, a broad term for deliberate large-scale interventions in the earth’s climate system, found a respectable mention in the IPCC’s alarming climate report earlier this month.

While the researchers give a tentative approval to the application of geoengineering solutions to limit a runaway global warming, a host of social, environmental and ecological challenges and risks in the approach continue to linger, writes The Guardian.

The idea of tinkering with the planet’s natural systems and forces is not only fraught with dangers but would also allow a false escape to the world and policymakers at a time when desperate measures are needed to mitigate climate change, notes Dezeen.

Methods like solar radiation modification by injecting aerosols into the stratosphere and carbon dioxide removal could be effective “remedial measures” temporarily but can’t substitute the strategic, long-term policies and efforts required to reduce carbon emissions and rising temperatures.