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Geoengineering threatens Oceans

High-risk geoengineering projects are proceeding in violation of UN moratoria MONTREAL, SYDNEY, UTQIAGVIK, SANTIAGO—On World Oceans Day, members of a global coalition formed by 195 organizations in 45 countries are raising the alarm about the threat of geoengineering to delicate, life-sustaining ocean ecosystems worldwide. The Hands Off Mother Earth (HOME) Campaign today called on civil society and government officials worldwide to vigorously...

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Geoengineering threatens Oceans

High-risk geoengineering projects are violating UN moratoria Members of a global coalition of 195 organisations in 45 countries are raising the alarm about the threat of geoengineering to delicate, life-sustaining ocean ecosystems worldwide. The Hands Off Mother Earth (HOME) Campaign is calling on civil society and government officials worldwide to vigorously oppose marine geoengineering experiments. A recent announcement of the first open-air...

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Cloud zapping

Ok, climate change – and the lack of concerted global action – demands some radical thinking, but some ideas are beyond the pale. Geoengineering, the manipulation of the earth’s systems in order to address climate change, is crazy enough. It has been born out of an abject failure to address the causes of climate change and to insist on the behavioural and cultural changes that are needed. It is an attempt to find a technological solution...

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Report highlights catastrophic risks posed by new technologies

This year the Global Challenges Foundation has included synthetic biology and geoengineering in its annual assessment of the catastrophic global risks faced by the planet. The organisation defines a global catastrophic risk as any “risk of events or processes that would lead to the deaths of approximately a tenth of the world’s population, or have a comparable impact.” Geoengineering In many of the global climate scenarios in which temperature...

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Third Way – no way. Flannery’s misplaced hope

Tim Flannery’s new book, Atmosphere of Hope, is supposed to offer us a ‘third way’ – new solutions to climate change. It makes for a depressing read. The book seems to leap from a kind of hopelessness into wishful thinking and an almost reckless faith in technologies that are barely at the conceptual stage. The hopelessness emerges from the failure of governments anywhere to tackle climate change with the kind of urgency the issue...

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