The possibility of using large-scale, experimental technologies to counteract the effects of global warming might do more harm than good.
This article titled “Profitable climate fixes are too tempting for rogue geoengineers to resist” was written by Adam Corner, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 19th October 2012 15.18 UTC
It was only a matter of time before somebody broke the fragile social and political consensus surrounding geoengineering, and had a first crack at “experiment Earth.”
The news that American businessman Russ George has dumped 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to fertilise algal blooms that absorb carbon dioxide, was received with justified indignation and outrage by campaigners and mainstream scientists. But there have been rumblings (and rumours of shadowy trials) for many years, and the idea of being a “geoengineer” was always going to prove tempting for the likes of George (who is blacklisted at several international ports for previous algae-related misdemeanours).