The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in 2007 that geoengineering options, such as ocean fertilization to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, remained largely unproven. It was judged that reliable cost estimates for geoengineering had not yet been published. | Photo: Stanford.edu
Global warming has become apparent. Record setting temperatures, prolonged droughts, and violent weather, has most of the United States feeling the effects of climate change.
We are not alone, the effects of global warming are being felt all over the world, China included. Over the past few years the Chinese government has fired thousands of missiles filled with silver iodide, and god knows what else, into the atmosphere, dispersing their contents, in hopes of creating precipitation.
This practice is called Geo-engineering, and it's quickly becoming a global boom industry. To me, Geo-engineering seems more like two parts witch-doctory, and one part science, but isn't that how it always begins?
But what happens when they succeed? What happens when Geo-engineering is causing a ripple effect across the globe? Perfect garden showers in China, could mean devastating droughts in Colorado or Nebraska. Sunny days in India, might mean super celled violent thunderstorms in the Midwest or hurricanes along our coasts, and then what?
Would our country respond militarily? Many scenarios are possible, one thing is for sure, with the current success rate for Geo-engineering, which at its current pace would take a millennium to see tangible results; our fears of a global war being spawned by weather manipulation can be put on pause for now.
But what about the human effect that is taking place as these chemicals dispersed high above our heads make their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink, an
|What happens when Geo-engineering is causing a ripple effect across the globe?|
d dissolve into the earth we grow our food in?
Right now there are some serious concerns in the Geo-engineering industry about the drive for profits, and how it may lead some less than honorable corporations to use deployments not in people's best interest.
Solar energy would also take a hit of up to 10% of useable sunlight, cast out from the increase cloud cover created by Geo-engineering. Which leads me to look at who exactly is pushing Geo-engineering, especially with all its risk of moral hazard, weaponization, and catastrophic climate shifts?
|The concept of geoengineering (or climate engineering, climate remediation, and climate intervention) refers to the deliberate large-scale engineering and manipulation of the planetary environment, often to combat or counteract anthropogenic changes in atmospheric chemistry. | Photo: Archives|
Well our old friends, the fossil fuel industry would sure love for all this carbon fuel based global warming and drought to disappear, and then the need for alternative forms of energy could disappear along with it.
If the same due diligence is given to Geo-engineering as to the construction of oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, man-made natural disasters can only be a few decades away. Perhaps we'll start naming hurricanes after their Geo-engineered creators in the near future.