Geo-engineering Debate Surfaces As UN Climate Change Talks In Cancun Falter
By Charles J. Hanley|Huffington Post
CANCUN, Mexico — Like the warming atmosphere above, a once-taboo idea hangs over the slow, frustrating U.N. talks to curb climate change: the idea to tinker with the atmosphere or the planet itself, pollute the skies to ward off the sun, fill the oceans with gas-eating plankton, do whatever it takes.
As climate negotiators grew more discouraged in recent months, U.S. and British government bodies urged stepped-up studies of such “geoengineering.” The U.N. climate science network decided to assess the options. And a range of new research moved ahead in America and elsewhere.
“The taboo is broken,” Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric scientist, told The Associated Press.
Whatever the doubts, “we are amazingly farther up the road on geoengineering,” Crutzen, who wrote a 2006 scientific article that sparked interest in geoengineering, said by telephone from Germany.