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Climate intervention via geoengineering: It’s a risky strategy that will only cause more, bigger problems, say scientists

A recent study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution warned that a technique called climate geoengineering, which was conceptualized to counter the effects of global warming, may do more harm than good. A team of researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey explained that climate geoengineering involves spraying a sulfuric acid cloud in the upper atmosphere in hopes of cooling down the global temperature.  As part of research, the scientists conceptualized a scenario where airplanes would spray five million tons of sulfur dioxide once a year into the upper atmosphere at the Equator from 2020 to 2070. The scientists noted that the amount was the annual equivalent of about one quarter of the sulfur dioxide produced during the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.  Read more...

 

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