An Op/Ed column in Saturday’s Times Dispatch (6/20, “Can Engineering Fix Climate Change” by Samuel Thernstrom) opines about the benefits of trying to “engineer” our climate to become cooler as a means to mitigate global warming.
I find this disturbing. You must read the article to understand why, but in summary, climate scientists are seeking ways to force our climate to cool by introducing particulates into the air in certain ways that would reduce incoming solar radiation.
The science of weather modification has been around since at least the mid-20th century, yet its use has wisely been limited over the decades since. The possibility of unintended consequences of man tinkering with the natural cycles of our weather prompted prudent choices.
Fast forward to today. Weather modification is now geoengineering, and the fear of global-warming has given rise to alarming solutions. Do we really want to go down this path? Think about it.
Posted by Jim Duncan