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2016 -- At the United Nations

'Novel' Strategies and Biodiversity - https://www.cbd.int/doc/press/2016/pr-2016-10-31-ts84-en.pdf
  • UN biodiversity report identifies risks and uncertainties of novel strategies to tackle climate change
  • Use of geoengineering techniques is being explored as a potential additional means to limit magnitude of climate change
  • Both conventional climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas removal appear necessary in order to achieve Paris Agreement
  • Geoengineering to combat global warming should be considered a “highly uncertain” prospect


The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a detailed assessment of the implications of using climate geoengineering to limit global warming.

Approaches considered include the large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as assumed in nearly all climate models that limit the increase in mean global temperature to below 2°C. “A rapid transition to a low-carbon economy is the priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn reduce the adverse impacts of climate change, including impacts on biodiversity,” said CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, in the foreword of the new report.

“However, given the current atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, their long atmospheric residence times and the relatively limited action to date to reduce future emissions, the use of geoengineering techniques has been suggested and is being explored as a potential additional means to limit the magnitude of climate change.”


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2015 -- The National Academy of Sciences outlines Geoengineering research agenda


Groundbreaking New Report on Geoengineering Tackles Carbon Dioxide The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Is geoengineering a bad idea? The Guardian

Can technical fixes provide a viable solution to climate change or are they a high-risk, irresponsible distraction from the need to cut carbon emissions? Illustration showing various geoengineering technologies. Has the time come to seriously consider ...

Noting the many issues with large-scale geoengineering (potential for 'erring')... See, for example, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Roger Fleming

National Academy of Sciences urges steps for reduction in Carbon Emissions PerfScience

The National Academy of Sciences has launched two reports that call for more research into geo-engineering methods. The panel has also urged to reduce carbon emissions. As per the Oxford Geoengineering Programme ...

Scientists urge deeper look at re-engineering climate to cool Earth The Denver Post

Government-backed scientists Tuesday called for research and testing of last-ditch "climate interventions" — to cool the planet by blocking sunlight or by capturing and burying carbon dioxide ...

Science panel bats for Geoengineering research to counter climate change Wall Street Hedge

Observing the potentially dangerous impacts of the global warming and climatic degradation on the planet in coming decades, a scientific panel on Tuesday voiced for more extensive research work on advanced technology called geoengineering ...

Panel Proposes Radical Tests for Re-Engineering Earth's Climate ABC40

CLIMATE CHANGE — A large majority of international climate scientists say it may already be too late to stop climate change by conservation alone. That's why they're considering a radical approach that involves re-engineering Earth's ...

US scientists say 'climate intervention' strategies are unlikely to work Business Insider

Miami (AFP) - Attempts to curb climate change by capturing carbon underground or geo-engineering to help the Earth better reflect incoming sunlight are nowhere near ready for use, a US panel of scientists said. "There is no substitute for dramatic reductions ...

Geoengineering should not replace cutting emissions, say scientists Blue & Green Tomorrow

Geoengineering should not yet be deployed as a solution to climate change or replace cutting emissions, according to the US National Academy of Science. The organisation called for more research into the area ...

Panel Urges Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change New York Times

With the planet facing potentially severe impacts from global warming in coming decades, a government-sponsored scientific panel on Tuesday called for more research on geoengineering — technologies to deliberately intervene in nature ...

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Man-made climate change may need man-made remedies, science panel says Los Angeles Times

Alarmed by the rapid pace of climate change, a key federal science panel is urging a major research effort into high-tech schemes that could cool the planet if prevention fails, potentially including giant machines to suck greenhouse gases from the air, aerosol ...

Can 'climate intervention' help fend off global warming? Christian Science Monitor

The National Academy of Sciences outlines a research agenda for two broad approaches that may be needed as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

Elite science panel calls on US to study climate modification Washington Post

The first thing to understand about geoengineering – intentional modification of the climate system to counter the effects of global warming – is that we shouldn't even be having a conversation about geoengineering.

Can 'climate intervention' help fend off global warming? Christian Science Monitor

The National Academy of Sciences outlines a research agenda for two broad approaches that may be needed as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise ...

Controversial Method Of Addressing Climate Change Needs More Study Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A pair of reports from one of the country's leading scientific bodies suggests that while geoengineering should not be treated as the solution to climate change, it merits further investigation. The National Academy of Sciences ...

Advent of geoengineering may help lower temperature of debate over climate ... Phys.Org

Geoengineering, an emerging technology aimed at counteracting the effects of human-caused climate change, also has the potential to counteract political polarization over global warming, according to a new study.


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Scientists urge more research on climate intervention R & D Magazine

Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, while necessary, may not happen soon enough to stave off climate catastrophe. So, in addition, the world may need to resort to so-called geoengineering approaches that aim to deliberately control the planet's climate.

Continue Funding Climate Research, Report Says: Radical New Technology ... Tech Times

Should radical technologies to reduce global warming be explored, utilizing federal dollars? A new report says "yes." The National Research Council (NRC) has compiled a new report which concluded ...

Geoengineering and the folly of playing God with the planet Washington Post (blog)

There's this wild, grandiose idea – mostly discussed in academic circles – that we could offset and reverse the effects of global warming by intentionally spraying reflective particles high into the atmosphere. “[It] would mimic the effects of a volcanic eruption”

CU-Boulder professor: Climate intervention carries unknown risks Boulder Daily Camera

Birds fly past at sunset as smoke emits from a chimney at a factory in Ahmadabad, India, in this December file photo. The National Research Council's Committee on Geoengineering Climate released findings from two reports ...

Rethinking the unthinkable The Guardian

A new report from the US National Academies looks at the 'wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad' idea of geoengineering the climate. Jack Stilgoe, a sociologist who has spent the last three years working with geoengineering researchers, takes an early look.

Scientists Confirm Hacking the Weather to Cool the Planet Is Bonkers Gizmodo

Geoengineering, i.e. tinkering with the climate to stop the rising tides of climate change, is a provocative and frankly still kinda crazy idea. Officially. Two long-awaited reports from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) out today say as much ...


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Controversial Plan of 'Geoengineering' To Stop Global Warming ... The Inquisitr

A “far out” plan to combat global warming could be in the works, according to some scientists, and has them a bit frightened. You might have heard of “geoengineering.” It's the highly controversial theory that humans could slow, stop, or even reverse global ...

Geoengineering Last Effort to Reverse Climate Change Guardian Liberty Voice

Geoengineering is an idea that has been around for decades to reverse climate change to be used as a last-ditch effort to save the Earth from increased levels of greenhouse gases. A two-volume report regarding efforts to reverse climate change ...

Panel Urges More Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate ... New York Times

With the planet facing potentially severe impacts from global warming in coming decades, a government-sponsored scientific panel on Tuesday called for more research on geoengineering — technologies to deliberately intervene in nature ...

Elite science panel calls on US to study climate modification Washington Post

The first thing to understand about geoengineering – intentional modification of the climate system to counter the effects of global warming – is that we shouldn't even be having a conversation about geoengineering. Just convening that conversation ...

Scientists: We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis The Nation

When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, the volcano shot 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. Those particles reflected enough sunlight to cool the Earth by about one degree Fahrenheight—a temporary phenomenon ...

Geoengineering: The Bad Idea We Need to Stop Climate Change Bloomberg

The 2013 movie Snowpiercer took a fanciful look at what might happen if human attempts to engineer the climate were to go awry. A pair of reports from the National Research Council offers a sober, reality-based look ...

Scientists Are Pretty Terrified About These Last-Minute Fixes to Global Warming Mother Jones

The most comprehensive study to date on geoengineering says we probably shouldn't do it—at least not yet. —By Tim McDonnell. | Tue Feb. 10, 2015 11:00 AM EST. Email. Post. Johnno/Flickr. You might have heard of "geoengineering."

US should fund climate engineering research, report concludes Science AAAS

A panel of the National Research Council is calling for federal funding of research into two controversial areas of climate science: removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and albedo modification, or shading the planet from the sun ...

Geoengineering No Substitute for Carbon Cuts InsideClimate News

The idea of geoengineering to reverse climate change has been around since the 1960s. The two-volume NAS report says cutting GHGs is the only solution ...


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Climate intervention is not a replacement for reducing carbon emissions ... Phys.Org

There is no substitute for dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change, a National Research Council committee concluded in a two-volume evaluation of proposed climate-intervention techniques.

Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat KUNC

The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 spewed almost 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, causing worldwide temperatures to drop half a degree on average. Before anyone tries to cool the ...

In Geoengineering Study, Science Academy Sees Merit in CO2 Removal, Risk ... New York Times (Dot Earth blog)

Global warming might be slowed by removing accumulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the air or blocking some sunlight (click for more). A science panel found that cutting emissions remains the prime priority ...

Scientists urge global 'wake-up call' to deal with climate change The Guardian

"The likelihood of eventually considering last-ditch efforts to address damage from climate change grows with every year of inaction on emissions control," says US National Academy of Science report.

These are the impacts of climate change we will never be able to fix Business Insider

No shortcut for stopping climate change, federal report finds The Hill

Federal researchers gave poor reviews Tuesday to “geoengineering” strategies that aim to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or reduce their global warming effects. A two-volume report issued by the National Research Council (NRC) concluded ...

Geoengineering should not be used as a climate fix yet, says US science academy Business Green

Climate change has advanced so rapidly that the time has come to look at options for a planetary-scale intervention, the National Academy of Science said on Tuesday. But it was categorical that such 'geoengineering' should not currently be deployed ...


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Scientists are pretty nervous about geoengineering Grist

You might have heard of “geoengineering.” It's the highly controversial theory that humans could slow, stop, or even reverse global warming by “hacking” the planet with epic technological feats that would alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

Climate Overwhelms Carbon Dioxide Global Warming Centralia Chronicle

Battles rage between the sun-Earth climate system proponents and carbon dioxide global warming believers. However, the sun-Earth climate system has now completely overpowered the carbon dioxide global warming fairy tale as our sun cools.

Politics of Climate Change: How International Relations Rely on Global Warming ... Newsmax.com

The politics of climate change provides one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance. According to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, "Given the many different stakeholders and communities ...

Climate Geoengineering Research Should Go Forward, Says National Academy ... Reason (blog)

Recommendation 2: The Committee recommends research and development investment to improve methods of carbon dioxide removal and disposal at scales that would have a global impact on reducing greenhouse warming, in particular to minimize ...

Scientists Suggest Testing Climate Engineering MIT Technology Review (blog)

A report from the National Academy of Sciences says inaction on greenhouse-gas emissions makes resorting to geoengineering more likely. Why It Matters. Climate change threatens ...

Fox News - no Fox articles on this historic National Academy of Sciences story but a search of "geoengineering" from the Fox News online website/archive produces the following link to past geoengineering articles. Search of Fox on "geoengineering"

As of today's date, February 11, 2015, the most current Fox geoengineering article is from April 2014 ...

Governments, scientists to debate future of fossil fuels at climate meeting - April 5, 2014

UN findings are a 'bunch of hot air' - April 9, 2014


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Anthropocene Era


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http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Anthropocene


Anthropocene:

Humans are having an impact

Creations/products/industries/developments/lifestyles/extractions & emissions


"Human beings are now carrying out a large scale geophysical experiment of a kind that could not have happened in the past nor be reproduced in the future."

http://www.aip.org/history/climate/Revelle.htm


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Fox in Denial


The impact of human (anthropogenic) activity on the climate is denied as a matter of record and reporting by Fox News, the second largest media group in the world.

Given the Fox record it is not surprising that today's significant news story centered around the findings -- and warnings -- of an august US scientific organization is not reported in a significant, timely way.

The consequences of Fox News/Corp providing ongoing climate denial information to a Fox News audience is significant. Of course, any need for geonengineering presupposes that there is climate change/global warming that must be dealt with in order to avoid profound consequences.

Although Fox editorially and in its business practices regards climate change as suspect, denying climate change/fossil fuel connections and human impact, the climate science evidence is there to see -- an overwhelming consensus from a worldwide scientific community urging environmental actions now to mitigate fossil fuel/emission impacts.

It should be noted, in the interest of full and open disclosure, that a large equity position in Fox News Corp by Saudi Arabian oil/gas interests as this research piece from Politifact points out. As of 2104, Prince Alwaleed owns 7 percent of Fox voting stock with 21st Century Fox (Fox News), second only to founder Rupert Murdoch...


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US Senator Inhofe in Denial


"Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will," Inhofe told the Senate (January 22, 2014). "The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can’t change climate."

Author -- The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. WorldNetDaily Books. 2012-02-28. ISBN 9781936488490.

In the interests of disclosure, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/issues/energy-environment, is a leading spokesperson for oil/gas interests and, as a result of recent mid-term elections, has moved into the position of chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, overseeing the US environmental protection/investments/progress...

According to an analysis from the Center for American Progress, the coal, oil, gas and electric utility industries spent at least $721 million during the 2014 midterm election cycle, with a goal of "putting industry-friendly politicians in charge of both chambers and laying the groundwork for the new Congress to advance special-interest priorities such as approving the Keystone XL pipeline". Media Matters

In addition, over $13 million was delivered in direct contributions to US Senators in 2013-2014 by energy interests (oil/gas/coal).

Among the beliefs of the good Senator from the oil/gas producing state of Oklahoma:

Has stated that the United Nations invented the idea of global warming in order to "shut down the machine called America."

Has been quoted on Fox News saying "Those individuals from the far left, and I’m talking about the Hollywood elitists and the United Nations and those individuals, want us to believe it’s because we’re contributing C02 to the atmosphere that’s causing global warming. It’s all about money. I mean what would happen to the Weather Channel’s ratings if all of a sudden people weren’t scared anymore?"

http://quotes.yourdictionary.com/author/james-inhofe/

"Do you realize I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this? I thought it must be true until I found out what it would cost." -- The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, 15 March 2012 -- On hearing about climate change as chair of the Senate Environment Committee

"When I was ambushed by global warming advocates recently—no, they haven't given up—they asked me the same questions they always ask: "What if you're wrong?" and "If you're wrong will you apologize to future generations?" I always answer, 'What if you're wrong? Will you apologize to my twenty kids and grandkids for the largest tax increase in American history?' They usually don't have anything to say after that."

"God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."

Carbon emissions aren’t to blame for climate change. God is.


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Geoengineering and Environmental Ethics / Nature Education_2012


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