TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an organization dedicated to spreading free knowledge and inspiration by showcasing ideas from the world’s most progressive thinkers. Their latest contributor, Environmental Scientist David Keith, encourages debate about Geoengineering as an emergency solution to the looming climate change problem. He believes it may be possible to avert disaster using planetary engineering, but also urges great caution about placing too much faith on science to save the world. While it is important to begin discussion about planetary engineering, we must also be wary that these ideas could result in increased public apathy towards the global warming issue.
Would it be un-ethical to keep such research from the general public in order to encourage a much-needed reduction of CO2 emissions? Some ideas being put forth recommend atmospheric injections of fine-particles in order to reflect sunlight and cool the planet. What would the side-effects of these large-scale manipulations be? Do you think planetary interventions will be necessary or even worth the gamble?
- David Keith Home
- David Keith on Ted.com
- Planetary engineering – Wikipedia
- Climate Engineering Is Doable – Wired
- How to Cool a Planet (Maybe) – NY Times
- The Politics of Geoengineering – Open the Future
- Planetary Engineering For Climate Crisis – TreeHugger
- Geoengineering: A Climate Change Manhattan Project – Metatronics