April 13 (UPI) — “It’s possibly the worst thing that could be done to address climate change, but we actually need to take it seriously.” That’s how Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, described solar geoengineering, the controversial idea of reflecting away more of the sun’s rays to slow global warming.
Geoengineering has long been on the fringes of climate science. Critics have argued that tinkering with the planet at such a large scale is far too risky, and could have disastrous consequences. But with global temperatures continuing to rise, a growing number of scientists are supporting research in the contentious field. Geoengineering, they argue, might be the only hope of avoiding a climate catastrophe.Last month, Harvard University made headlines when it launched a new solar geoengineering research program. Researchers there hope to conduct their first real-world experiment in 2018, when they’ll release tiny reflective particles into the stratosphere from a hot-air balloon, and then measure its effectiveness at reducing solar radiation below. The $20 million project is expected to be the largest geoengineering experiment ever done.
I use to support the Union of Concerned Scientists but its policies on things like this have turned me against them.
Not a wise thing to do… You fix the systemic problem- that is the wise thing to do.
And of course no surprise it’s a Harvard project that’s going forward with the experiment.