'In their new report the United Nations is sounding alarm bells about the need for controversial climate engineering technology.
On October 8 the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report which makes several calls for further investigating climate engineering technology known as geoengineering. The IPCC report, titled “Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways”, warns that without investment into geoengineering technology the Earth’s temperature will continue to increase.
Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale manipulation of the weather and climate using a variety of technologies. One popular form of geoengineering being explored by IPCC scientists is known as Solar Radiation Management (SRM), a process which involves planes spraying aerosols in the skies designed to reflect sunlight in an effort to combat “anthropogenic global warming.”
Despite the renewed call for SRM, the IPCC admits that geoengineering is currently unpopular due to potential health and climate effects. Chapter 4 of the IPCC report states,
Even in the uncertain case that the most adverse side effects of SRM can be avoided, public resistance, ethical concerns and potential impacts on sustainable development could render SRM economically, socially and institutionally undesirable.
However, following the IPCC’s new report most of the media has now begun to report favorably on the controversial proposal. Science Daily released a piece titled, “Crisis management: Seven ways to engineer climate,” while Business Insider opted for a more direct push for geoengineering with their piece, “There’s almost no chance humanity will act quickly enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, so here are the geoengineering techniques that might cool the planet.” Business Insider at least acknowledges the potential dangers, writing:'
Read more: United Nations Pushes Geoengineering As Last Ditch Effort to Save Humanity
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