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Monday, May 14,2012

Sunscreen in the Sky to Curb Climate Change?

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Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are causing global warming. On this, there is, outside of the denialist fraternity (members of whom will doubtless be posting in the comments section of this article), near-unanimity. It is a scientific consensus.

Discussion of the best way or ways to address this, however, reveals a more fractured policy analysis. The great majority of proposed solutions focus on reducing the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere via different emphases in energy policy, such as promoting nuclear power, alternative energy sources or energy efficiency (or any combination of the above). 

Some, not by any means necessarily to the mutual exclusivity of the above, focus on attempting to reduce carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere: by planting more trees, for example, which is generally lauded as a worthy goal in and of itself, or by fertilizing the ocean with iron to promote the growth of phytoplankton, which is not.

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