Climate scientists have begun to calculate how we are doing on the 2C goal, and the math is a little frightening. Not only do we have little wiggle room in terms of how much carbon we can emit to have any certainty of staying under this limit, but it will be global actions in the next two decades that determine our fate.
The book’s strength is that it largely achieves these two potentially contradictory tasks. Morton delivers a utopian scenario for climate engineering while still giving enough attention to its possible pitfalls and missteps to reveal just how difficult such a path would be to craft in reality. Time and again he emphasizes the need for care, compassion and justice in in both the purposes and design of a climate geoengineering intervention.
In a brief phone chat recorded by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment as part of a new series, Dr. Daniel…
In the coming weeks, I’ll be studying whether or not NGOs will release new statements about climate engineering in light of last week’s National Academy of Sciences National Research Council reports on the topic.
In the context of climate engineering, we know that the alternative policy—even the ideal alternative policy—will also result in human rights violations.
The matter of geoengineering is too important to reduce to assumed storylines about how the world works, and the humanitarian implications are too important not to think through.
I soon realized that what is interesting about a Cloud Machine – and about geoengineering – is the fact that the cloud and the machine are trading places in our collective imagination.
Reactions from some North American civil society organizations to the release of the reports.
A lot of press coverage of the reports and the event marking their release. We did a nice thing and rounded up the major pieces.
Transparency promises to help level the informational playing field so that parties can develop and share their informed opinions on the issue, and to signal the goodwill necessary to carry out a number of difficult but necessary conversations.