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Climate engineering reconsidered

Barrett, S., T. M. Lenton, A. Millner, A. Tavoni, S. Carpenter, J. M. Anderies, F. S. Chapin Iii, A. S. Crépin, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, C. Folke, V. Galaz, T. Hughes, N. Kautsky, E. F. Lambin, R. Naylor, K. Nyborg, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer, J. Wilen, A. Xepapadeas, and A. De Zeeuw. 2014. Climate engineering reconsidered. Nature Climate Change 4:527-529. [Full text]


"Analysis of the possible use of solar radiation management in plausible scenarios
suggests that, when its use is politically feasible, geoengineering may not be effective; and that, when its use might be effective, its deployment may not be politically feasible. The many problems with geoengineering — its inability to address every climate emergency, the risks associated with its use, the geopolitical problems that would be triggered by its use, and the prospect of its use becoming addictive — suggest that contemplation of geoengineering does little to diminish the need to address the root causes of climate change. If anything, the prospect of geoengineering should strengthen resolve to tackle climate change by limiting atmospheric concentrations of GHGs."

28 Jul 2014

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