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Testing geoengineering: a catch 22

We can’t test it without agreement, but who will agree to testing it?

Averting ice ages is easy

A report in Technology Review raised the specter of an approaching ice age, but the real problem is avoiding a super-greenhouse world

Some types of geoengineering should be banned, former UK science advisor says

Blocking sunlight to cool the planet should be banned for now, top scientist tells Parliament

Hertsgaard: “The Copenhagen disaccord”

The big climate talks were a flop, to we need unfettered, open-minded discussion of what to do next

Planning for plan B

Controlling the climate with technology was once the stuff of science fiction. But with tests already underway, there’s an urgent need for global governance of geoengineering.

“I believe that we should be outlawing the production of devices that emit carbon dioxide.”

—climate scientist Ken Caldeira

“When people who support the coal industry think your climate change idea is cool, you need to check yourself.”

—environmental commentator Alex Steffen of WorldChanging

Where to plant forests to fight climate change?

Forests up north may store more carbon, but they grow too slow to take a big bite out of people’s carbon emissions

“It is almost unthinkable that [CO2] will not get to 500 parts per million”

—geologist Dan Schrag on “the most important number in the world”

“There is no solving the problem. There is *no solving* the problem. All it is is slowing the symptoms.”

—atmospheric scientist Ines Fung, on the problem of climate change


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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