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20 reasons why geo-engineering is a bad idea

Plans by a German and Indian research team to dump iron particles in the sea off Chile in the latest ‘geo-engineering’ ocean fertilisation attempt have triggered serious concern. If you’re interested in finding out more about the controversial field of ‘geo-engineering’, try reading Alan Robock’s excellent overview of the field in "20 reasons why geo-engineering is a bad idea", published in the May/June 2008 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Another interesting exploration of the issues is in Australian ABC Radio National’s background briefing "The climate engineers", transcript below.

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Nano climate manipulation – Germans plan mass nanoparticle ocean dump

"Geo-engineering" is a controversial new field where nanotechnology is proposed to artificially manipulate the natural climate to counter the threats of global warming. In the past, the field has attracted scathing criticism from scientists for its high risk techno-fix tactics. However in a disturbing recent survey by The Independent newspaper, just over a majority of 80 surveyed scientists said that given international failure to curb carbon dioxide emissions, they now support the use of geo-engineering to respond to climate change.

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