Current carbon emissions are a problem. Few across the world would deny this statement as anything but true. Furthermore this is not an issue that rests solely on one specific country – the whole of the global community must take equal responsibility for our individual and collective carbon footprint. With the Arctic ice caps melting at a rapid rate it is becoming increasingly important for world leaders to be proactive in achieving results and reducing the heating up of our planet.
Although geoengineering has been bandied about for a number of years now, it was the recent article in the Guardian — where a professor for climate and environmental sciences was asked by the CIA probing questions on geoengineering’s potential for controlling weather — that the idea was brought back into the fore. The concept of geoengineering, at its most basic, attempts to reduce, and ultimately prevent, the increasing threat of climate change.
If, internationally, we are unable to make acceptable strides to reducing CO2 emissions geoengineering is, in essence, the idea of using technology to cover up the heating up effect and funnel away the CO2 we release. Scientists are researching “a tech-fix that excuses continued carbon gluttony in the industrialised world” according to, an arguably cynical piece on Gulf News. It may be pessimistic but it’s not entirely inaccurate: geoengineering will pull back the heating of the planet without addressing the root cause.