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First international ban on geoengineering

193 countries ban human-induced climate change


 

Last Friday, delegates from 193 nations approved a ban on geoengineering research. “Any private or public experimentation or adventurism intended to manipulate the planetary thermostat will be in violation of this carefully crafted U.N. consensus,” said Silvia Ribeiro, director of ETC Group, a grass-roots advocacy organization, to the Washington Post. According to the U.S. Congress, climate engineering, also known as geoengineering, is the “deliberate large-scale modification of the earth’s climate systems for the purposes of counteracting and mitigating climate change.” There is a debate between scientists who see geoengineering as the only way to counter the effects of global warming, while others say its too dangerous and even unethical.

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  1. Amazing everyone was so quick to ban even research into a possible solution….yet they haven't managed, in all these years, to do anything to stop it by other means.

    We are already DOING geoengineering….we are just going in the wrong direction!

    • The real trouble is that it might atually work, putting the breaks on all of that 'climate justice' money and putting an end to the UN's climate based global government aspirations.

      • We'll have global govt regardless of what happens with climate.

        The UN is after all….all the countries in the world, not a separate body.

  2. Part 2

    The importance of phytoplankton to the ocean's biomass is demonstrated by Dr. Tim Parsons, Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia, who hypothesizes that the 2008 eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in Alaska might have helped produce B.C.'s largest sockeye salmon run since 1913.

    The 34 million salmon that returned to B.C.'s Fraser River in 2010 were "adolescents" in the Gulf of Alaska when the volcano erupted and the ash from the eruption fertilized the ocean, leading to a massive bloom of phytoplankton, which Dr. Parsons's earlier research indicates correlate with large salmon runs. In one 1970s experiment, the sockeye run increased seven fold after he fertilized a lake on Vancouver Island. In other studies, he found salmon populations in the Gulf of Alaska depend on the density of phytoplankton.

    Ash from the Kasatochi volcano was iron-rich and a storm swept it out to sea across a 1,000-kilometre stretch of the Pacific where the phytoplankton literally ate it up – and thrived, creating the largest phytoplankton bloom recorded since satellite monitoring of the oceans began in 1997. The volcano was a natural demonstration of the geoengineering technique of seeding the oceans with iron to foster CO2 sequestration.

    According to the work a Canada-U.S. team led by University of Victoria oceanographer Roberta Hamme the effects of the Kasatochi volcanic eruption dashed this theory.

    The oceans naturally absorb about two petagrams of carbon annually – compared to the estimated 6.5 petagrams of carbon released each year by fossil fuel consumption but the plankton bloom created by the volcano absorbed only about 0.01 petagrams of carbon it has been estimated. And according to Dr. Hamme, "it disappeared so fast, you'd have to keep putting it in over and over again.”

    OTEC would foster phytoplankton growth on a continuous basis and sequester CO2 even as it provides the world with all of the renewable energy it needs and much of its vital protein.

  3. I don't fear global warming nearly as much as I fear the attempts to deal with it. I suppose I should be happy with this. Then again, any "consensus" agreed upon by 193 signatory nations must be so watered down and devoid of any concrete meaning that it is insignificant anyway.

    • And also if it looked like one of those 193 signatory nations could actually make money from geoengineering, they would opt out of the agreement faster than you could say 'hockey stick graph'.

  4. I don't know why so many media outlets are reporting this as a ban on geoengineering. That's not what it is at all. It would be criminally negligent to ban geoengineering research, in fact. What this agreement does to, however, is to ban unilateral large scale testing. We want people to do geoengineering research, and in fact we need to ramp it up, but we don't want any country, corporation, or individual to try any large scale geoengineering without broad consultation and agreement, and a lot of precautions.

    • But this still means geoengineering as a solution to climate change is dead. Cheers!

  5. way to go U.N… you just created the mad scientist industry. this is prohibition all over again.

    • Yes, some will go ahead and do it anyway….and we'll have no way of monitoring it, seeing as it's 'illegal'.

      • Fortunatly the UN has no real jurisdiction anywhere, so if a company wants to experiment with Geoengineering, what can the UN do about it? Nothing other than give them a good glaring, perhaps write a couple of strongly worded letters. Lol!

        The UN, what a joke.

        • The UN has jurisdiction everywhere…UN law is Canadian law. Same with other countries.

    • The UN is filled with left wing bureaucrats who want to control the world, you expected something more?

      • The UN is filled with 200 countries…are you saying they're all leftwing? LOL

  6. We must consult the Goracle first before making rash assumptions in areas like this where his word is law.

    • You speak the truth, friend. The Goracle sees all, knows all. Landrew! Landrew!!!