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Using Volcanoes to Understand Geoengineering Might Not Really Work

The cooling effects of large volcanic eruptions have led some scientists to believe these natural hazards could inspire and inform the development of geoengineering schemes to combat climate change. New research suggests this is probably a bad idea.  Our planet may soon pass a critical tipping point, after which time a massive reduction of carbon emissions is still unlikely to swing the climate tide. Hence the uncomfortable conversations we’re starting to have about the prospect of developing and deploying technological hacks to fix our troubled atmosphere. Various geoengineering schemes have been proposed over the years to cool the Earth, but one possible solution owes its inspiration to a well known natural phenomenon: large volcanic eruptions.  Read more....

 

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