3-29-10 Monday – Geoengineering

I first ran across a ‘real’ account of Geoengineering a few months ago in Superfreakonomics:  Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner.  The Global Cooling section talked about ways of putting sulfur in the atmosphere to ‘cool down’ our planet. 

For years I have wondered why we haven’t considered techniques like this.  I remember first hearing about the ‘hole-in-the-ozone’ layer above Antarctica (has it been 20 years?) and thinking “why don’t we load a rocket up with some ozone, launch it, and release the ozone over the hole”…seemed simple then, seems simple now…(and I DO realize it’s not)…

It is comforting to hear that some scientists are working on this type of solution…The reality is we (humans) are NOT going to stop burning fossil fuels.  If you read either of Mr. Levitt’s “Freakonomics” books you should take away one thought:  “All decisions/actions by people may be attributed to economics…and economics = “what’s in it for me?”.

In ten years everyone in North America and Europe and Japan may well be driving Hybrids and Fuel Cell vehicles…but they won’t be in India, China and South America…so, keep an open mind…here’s a link from an article by Alexis Madrigal (what a great name!) from Wired.com (via gizmodo) interviewing Eli Kintisch the author of “Hack the Planet“.

http://gizmodo.com/5501170/qa-geoengineering-is-a-bad-idea-whose-time-has-come

…on a side note, I placed this on my reading list on LinkedIn…however, I noticed an eBook version is NOT available on B&N (yet?) for the nook…but IS on Amazon/Kindle…I am going to send B&N an email about this…

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