Geoengineering efforts offer a science fiction-style get-out option as the effort to avert catastrophic climate change comes down to the wire. Interest and investment in such projects shift resources away from the mainstream energy transition but some suggest the value of the research lies in a worst-case scenario
The risks of geoengineering could outweigh the benefits in fighting climate change
TECHNOLOGICAL FIX Geoengineering concepts, such as blocking out sunlight, could in theory cut the cost and time needed to counteract climate change
UNKNOWN RISKS Proposed schemes do not address the underlying causes of climate change and their risks are poorly understood
KEY QUOTE Let’s do the homework on this and then put it in a box and hope we never have to smash the glass and reach in ...
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The EU and the US should look more closely at what China is doing to further the clean energy transition, rather than caricaturing the country as a climate villain, says Luke Sherlock senior advisor to C40 Cities
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