Can the ecohackers save us? And more importantly do we really want them hacking the world?
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But how to mitigate? Paul Crutzen doesn’t think we’re moving fast enough with reductions in carbon emissions. The professor emeritus at Utrecht University’s Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences became one of the most famous geoengineering advocates for his idea of copying the Pinatubo volcano.
Its 1991 eruption sent 10m tonnes of sulphur (which became sulphur dioxide) into the atmosphere, reducing the global temperature by 0.5C the next year. Crutzen suggested a project to produce a similar effect, using balloons or artillery shells to put 1.9m tonnes of sulphur into the atmosphere to cool the Earth.
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[ read more Can ecohackers save us from climate change?]
The novel ‘Fallen Angels’ comes to mind in which the environmentalists do such a good job of stopping global warming an ice age moves over the planet.
And do we want less global warming? Ask someone who’s paying heating bills in the northern part of the country how they feel about global warming.
Not to be outdone by Englishmen wanting to mimic volcanoes Wired has a story on Frankencrops denting greenhouse emissions
Keeping 6 billion people fed boosts global warming more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes put together. Agriculture accounts for almost 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One response is to eat fewer of the two- and four-legged greenhouse gas factories known as animals. Before you send back that T-bone, though, call in the bioengineers. . . [read more Superefficient Frankencrops Could Put a Real Dent in Greenhouse Gas Emissions]
Myself, I think ‘ecohacking’ is what us gardeners do everyday.
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