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WIRED: Geoengineerings Unintended Consequences

By Joel Winston, Wired UK

Deploying giant space mirrors and spraying particles from stadium-sized balloons may sound like an engineer’s wild fantasy,but climate models suggest that the potential of geoengineering to offset rising atmospheric carbon dioxide may be significantly overstated.

Through a variety of computer simulations used for reporting to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the team investigated a scenario where an increase in the world’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was balanced by a “dimming” of the sun.

Across all four models tested, the team showed that geoengineering could lead to adverse effects on the Earth’s climate, including a REDUCTION IN GLOBAL RAINFALL. therefore concluded that geoengineering could not be a substitute for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

More: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/geoengineering-cli...

Map of geoengineering research/experiments:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/graphic/2012/jul/17/ge...

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I love my "Co2"! and

my plants do too!

I'm sorry to ask (ignorant me): why is global warming bad?

I'm sorry to ask (ignorant me): why is global warming bad?

I was just reading a book about dinosaurs to my children last night. It says that, hundreds of millions of years ago, it was... hot. Really hot.

Jungles. Swamps. Bogs. Lots of leafy plants. Strangely coinciding with excessive volcanism which is usually attributed to cooling, but this book insists it was hotter than now.

Lots of plants meant the great coal beds were laid down.

Lots of plants led to bigger and bigger animals to feed off them. Which led to bigger carnivores to feed off the giant plant eaters, who had to grow even bigger to outsize the carnivores.

Eating and eating and eating and eating! All while its really, really, hot and steamy.

So, to me, sounds like global warming means MORE FOOD for a growing global population.

And yet, these so-called experts seem to think we do our best in some kind of unholy ice age.

Methinks the global warming mitigation folk are closet-case genocidal maniacs...

At least, that's what I think after reading a children's book on dinosaurs.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"