Will We ‘Fix’ The Weather? Yes. Should We Fix The Weather? Hmmm
by Robert Krulwich
October 30, 2012 2:13 PM
Because I’m at home, wind raging outside, trees bending, leaves flying, a hurricane descending, subways suspended, my day upended, I can’t stop thinking: “What is Maureen Raymo thinking?”
She teaches at Columbia University, up the block from where I live. She’s a paleoclimatologist. Her focus is climate change, and in a book I am reading, she says someday soon we won’t be climate victims, we will be climate choosers. We will engineer the climate we want. (…) (…)Geoengineers shouldn’t be the ones who clean up human messes, and there’s no guarantee geoengineers won’t make mistakes too. Technology won’t give us a free ride.
But in the long run, geoengineering — tinkering with air, oceans, the skies — will help us survive on a changing planet. Maureen Raymo is hardly alone in her prediction. More and more eminent scientists agree with her, that if the human race survives, the engineers will get smarter, the tools will get better, and one day we will control the climate. But what then?(…)
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