Cooling the Planet with Geoengineering
Our guest in this Science Forum is economist Scott Barrett of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Chat with Barrett about the science and politics of geoengineering, the emerging field of science aimed at cooling the planet.
Barrett is an expert on international environmental agreements. He is currently studying the politics and economics of geoengineering. He says countries are more likely to geoengineer climate than reduce their carbon emissions. Read his paper on The Incredible Economics of Geoengineering.
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Bring your own questions and comments for Scott Barrett. He’s here in the forum through April 19th. The conversation is just to the right.
- Should scientists be allowed to plunge ahead with geoengineering technologies?
- Who should be held accountable for unforeseen consequences?
- Could there be a geoengineering arms race between countries?
Some Online Resources on the Topic:
- Get the basics on geoengineering technologies from these Hack the Planet Safety Cards. Hack the Planet is a new book on the topic by science reporter Eli Kintisch.
- For more information on geoengineering visit Geoengineer.org.
- More on geoengineering from Scientific American.
- Scientists from over 15 countries recently met in California to draft a set of rules for geoengineering experiments. Read more about the Asilomar conference.