Technological ‘Solutions’

Jan 07 2010

Various academics with elite pedigrees have argued in the journal Foreign Affairs that technological solutions like spreading reflective dust in space will be the inevitable result of the contemporary failures of governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Almost passed over in the discussion, however, is the crucial fact that such superficial solutions would not reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, or the increasing acidification of the oceans. Consequently, we may avoid the worst of the warming, but our coral reefs will be dead, and the ecosystems we have come to rely upon will continue to fall apart.

See “The Geoengineering Option” in Foreign Affairs V.88, No. 2

There is such a machine — it’s called the ‘plant.’