Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $68,865
81%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 81%!! Less than $17k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: geoengineering

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity

    04/23/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    Geoengineering could turn our long-barren oceans into a bounty.In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide...
  • Geoengineering Ineffective Against Climate Change, Could Make Worse

    02/25/2014 10:55:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/25/14 | Charles Q. Choi - Live Science
    Current schemes to minimize the havoc caused by global warming by purposefully manipulating Earth's climate are likely to either be relatively useless or actually make things worse, researchers say in a new study. The dramatic increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution is expected to cause rising global sea levels, more-extreme weather and other disruptions to regional and local climates. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat, so as levels of the gas rise, the planet overall warms. In addition to efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, some have suggested artificially manipulating the...
  • Geoengineering plan could have 'unintended' side effect (DoH! Alert!! Tropics rainfall down 30%)

    01/08/2014 10:03:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/8/14 | Matt McGrath
    Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers. A new study suggests the idea, seen as a last-ditch way to deal with runaway climate change, could cut rainfall in the tropics by 30%. This would have devastating impacts on rainforests in South America and Asia The research has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The concept of curbing rising temperatures by blocking sunlight has been discussed by scientists for many years now. Some of the ideas have been dismissed as crazy notions, but others have...
  • Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

    11/23/2013 10:49:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 20, 2013 – 03:40 PM | Johann Grolle
    Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world’s climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. … When he first devoted himself to the idea more than 20 years ago, it was considered dangerous nonsense. It enraged climate activists, and even Keith received death threats on his answering machine. Since then, the concept of geoengineering has increasingly won over supporters, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) even grappled with the...
  • CIA-funded project could control the weather ($630,000 project for the science of geoengineering)

    07/29/2013 9:13:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 07/28/2013 | John Platt
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is among five government agencies investigating new ideas to mitigate climate change, according to a report from Mother Jones. The 21-month, $630,000 project will be run by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with funding coming from the CIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The project is called "Geoengineering Climate: Technical Evaluation and Discussion of Impacts." Geoengineering is a fairly broad term, but in this context it refers to efforts to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere or reflect solar radiation away from Earth to lessen the effects of global...
  • Global March against Chemtrail & Geoengineering

    07/11/2013 4:43:03 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 17 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 07/11/13 | LibertyNotFree
    GM rice had not been exposed and report to the public. The field trial was found to be contaminated. Many countries took action on imposing ban of US rice or on imposing a strict certification and testing on all rice import.
  • Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto's Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

    05/28/2013 7:52:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 117 replies
    southmilwaukeenow.com ^ | May 27, 2013 | Kristan Harris
    The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News. Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of hisstock.
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Earth-cooling schemes need global sign-off, researchers say

    04/04/2013 10:53:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies
    Guardian News UK ^ | March 31, 2013 | Ian Sample
    World's most vulnerable people need protection from huge and unintended impacts of radical geoengineering projects. … The dangers arose in projects that cooled the planet unevenly. In some cases these caused devastating droughts across Africa; in others they increased rainfall in the region but left huge areas of Brazil parched. "The massive complexities associated with geoengineering, and the potential for winners and losers, means that some form of global governance is essential,"
  • The Greens’ Attack on Mariculture - They fear human involvement with nature.

    01/03/2013 12:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    Over the past several months, while most of the political world has been focused on the election and the ensuing struggle over the fiscal cliff, a little story appeared that is worthy of much more attention.It concerns the efforts of the British Columbia–based Haida native-American tribe to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea...
  • A Rogue Climate Experiment Outrages Scientists

    10/21/2012 4:24:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | 18 October 2012 | Henry Fountain
    A California businessman chartered a fishing boat in July, loaded it with 100 tons of iron dust and cruised through Pacific waters off western Canada, spewing his cargo into the sea in an ecological experiment that has outraged scientists and government officials. The entrepreneur, whose foray came to light only this week, even duped the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States into lending him ocean-monitoring buoys for the project. Canada’s environment ministry says it is investigating the experiment, which was carried out with no government or scientific oversight. A spokesman said the ministry had warned the venture...
  • A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada’s west coast

    10/16/2012 10:44:29 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    io9 ^ | 16 Oct 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A private company backed by a controversial U.S. businessman has unilaterally conducted the world's most significant geoengineering project to date. Russ George, in conjunction with a First Nations village on Haida Gwaii, has dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in a technique known as ocean fertilization. The experiment, which is in violation of two United Nations moratoria, has outraged environmental, legal, and civic groups. The iron sulphate was dumped into the Pacific back in July, but recent satellite images are now confirming its effects — an artificial plankton bloom that's 10,000 square kilometers (6,214 square...
  • Dumping iron at sea does sink carbon

    07/24/2012 1:06:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Natue News ^ | 18 July 2012 | Quirin Schiermeier
    Geoengineering hopes revived as study of iron-fertilized algal blooms shows they deposit carbon in the deep ocean when they die. In the search for methods to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere after all. Despite other studies suggesting that this approach was ineffective, a recent analysis of an ocean-fertilization experiment eight years ago in the Southern Ocean indicates that encouraging algal blooms to grow can soak up carbon that is then deposited in the deep ocean as the algae...
  • Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

    07/20/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th July 2012 01:00 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2. While the principle behind seeding is simple enough – the iron acts as a fertilizer for phytoplankton, which multiply and consume carbon dioxide as they grow – the topic is fiercely debated. The core of the argument is also simple: it’s probably impossible to predict what other environmental impacts phytoplankton fertilization would have. The researchers, led by Victor Smetacek from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, are reporting the results of a 2004...
  • Geoengineering would turn blue skies whiter

    06/03/2012 1:43:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 6/1/12 | Jeff Hecht
    Blue skies would fade to hazy white if geoengineers inject light-scattering aerosols into the upper atmosphere to offset global warming. Critics have already warned that this might happen, but now the effect has been quantified. Releasing sulphate aerosols high in the atmosphere should in theory reduce global temperatures by reflecting a small percentage of the incoming sunlight away from the Earth. However, the extra particles would also scatter more of the remaining light into the atmosphere. This would reduce by 20 per cent the amount of sunlight that takes a direct route to the ground, and it would increase levels...
  • U.N. Policy Paper Outlines 7 Building Blocks for Heavy-Handed World Government

    03/27/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    http://www.thetotalcollapse.com ^ | March 24, 2012 | Unknown
    The fact that the world is being restructured from decentralized diversity to collectivized hierarchy by an authoritarian regime cloaked in green trappings can hardly be disputed. The final push toward the next and perhaps final phase may be announced this June at the 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Scientific American editorial by Gary Stix highlights a policy article written by several dozen scientists that appeared online March 15 in the journal Science. The conclusions reached by the scientists, as well as the editorial from a staff member of Scientific American are incredibly unscientific...
  • British team set to field test gigantic balloon and water hose geo-engineering experiment

    09/02/2011 7:43:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | September 2, 2011 | by Bob Yirka
    In what to some might seem almost ludicrous, (think Dr. Stranglove,) a British team of geo-engineers are set to launch a giant balloon a half mile into the sky pulling with it a water hose that will then spray water pumped from the ground, into the air. But this is only the beginning; the idea is to see if such a system is feasible. The real goal is to see if it might be possible to send such a giant balloon much higher, say twice as high as airplanes fly, so as to release aerosols into the atmosphere to mimic...
  • Geoengineering Is a Recipe for Disaster ( UN calls for a Moratorium )

    12/06/2010 12:20:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Local Bias ^ | Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | Diana Bronson
    This Climate Plan B approach could cause wars and mass starvation. by Diana Bronson Think you've heard enough about climate change? Chances are you haven't heard anything about the dangerous and costly sci-fi climate fixes known as geoengineering. Geo-what? Geoengineering is a set of speculative, massive-scale technologies that would have humans intentionally modify the climate--rather than accidentally, as we've been doing since the Industrial Revolution. Many U.S. lawmakers are starting to take it seriously as a climate change Plan B. Yet, proposed geoengineering schemes are absurd and potentially devastating for the Earth. Here are a few examples of how you...
  • Without cap-and-trade, here's what's needed (megamoonbat alert)

    10/16/2010 4:23:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2010 | Dana Milbank
    There is a hole in the Democrats' plan to fight global warming. A .270-caliber hole, to be specific. "I'll take dead aim at the cap-and-trade bill, because it's bad for West Virginia," Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic candidate for Senate, says in an ad put out last week. To demonstrate, he pops what appears to be a .270 cartridge in his Remington 700, then shoots a bull's-eye through a piece of paper reading "Senate of the United States" and "Cap and Trade Bill." If you look closely, you can see that the bullet tears through the word "jobs" in the...
  • Scientists Call for 'Climate Intervention' Research With 'Humility'

    03/28/2010 10:45:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 663+ views
    ScienceInsider ^ | March 26, 2010 | Eli Kintisch
    PACIFIC GROVE, CALIFORNIA—An international group of scientists, ethicists, and governance experts meeting here this week has agreed that research into large-scale modification of the planet is "indispensable" given the "threats" posed by climate change. "It is thus important to initiate further research in the natural and social sciences to better understand and communicate whether alternative strategies to moderate future climate change are, or are not, viable, appropriate, and ethical," declares a statement by the organizing committee released today at the close of the conference. "Further discussions [on geoengineering] must involve government and civil society." The statement capped a 5-day meeting...
  • The Latest on Hacking the Planet (Geoengineering to cool the planet without any warming in 15 yrs)

    02/22/2010 6:03:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 417+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | February 20, 2010 | Eli Kintisch
    Enlarge Image Seeding the skies. Geoengineering approaches include spreading aerosols in the stratosphere, where they could block a small fraction of the sun's rays. Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Blink SAN DIEGO—The prospect of cooling the planet manually—geoengineering—was the subject of several presentations here today, including two presentations that involved new findings on the controversial idea. The scene was the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW). It turns out that there’s a lot scientists don’t know about various cooling methods, but that’s changing steadily. And researchers are learning lessons that suggest that some...
  • Congress to Explore Geoengineering

    11/04/2009 8:34:52 PM PST · by StopGlobalWhining · 13 replies · 519+ views
    ScienceInsider blog ^ | October 19, 2009 | Eli Kintisch
    The U.S. Congress will explore deliberate tinkering with the climate in its first ever hearing on geoengineering early next month, ScienceInsider has learned.Congressional committees have shied away from focusing hearings on the controversial topic until now. One reason might be that talk of a technical fix could distract from needed emissions cuts, especially with the U.S. Senate and international negotiators debating new controls on carbon pollution. The House of Representatives' science and technology committee has slated the hearing on the controversial subject for 5 November. The exact focus of the hearing is not known, but the meeting could be a...
  • Cash for Climate - How to get your money's worth on climate change geoengineering

    08/11/2009 5:20:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,266+ views
    Reason ^ | August 11, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    Let's say the world will spend $250 billion a year for the next 10 years to minimize the suffering caused by climate change. What's the best bargain we can get for the money? The Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC), a think-tank in Denmark headed by Skeptical Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, has commissioned 21 papers from leading climate experts and economists to answer that very question. Over the coming month, the CCC will be looking at the benefits and costs of proposed actions in four different areas: climate engineering, cutting future greenhouse gas emissions, economic growth, and green energy technologies. Each topic will...
  • Giving Mother Earth a Facelift

    06/30/2009 1:52:07 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 421+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 29, 2009 | Mytheos Holt
    Giving Mother Earth a Facelift by: Mytheos Holt, June 29, 2009 The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recently hosted a discussion entitled “Governing Geoengineering.” Lee Lane, a resident fellow and director of the AEI Geoengineering Project, moderated the discussion, which focused on a working paper written by Dr. Scott Barrett, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. The concept of Geoengineering developed in Barrett’s paper turns the premise of human-caused climate change alarmism on its head, arguing that if humans can cause climate change by emitting carbon, then they can counteract this same phenomenon through a...
  • A little air pollution boosts vegetation’s carbon uptake

    04/27/2009 12:19:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 547+ views
    Science News ^ | April 22nd, 2009 | Sid Perkins
    Aerosols bumped up world’s plant productivity by 25 percent in the 1960s and 1970s, new research suggests The world’s vegetation soaked up carbon dioxide more efficiently under the polluted skies of recent decades than it would have under a pristine atmosphere, a new analysis in the April 23 Nature suggests. The trend hints that relying on forests and other vegetation to sequester carbon may not be effective if skies continue to clear, researchers say. Major volcanic eruptions throw large quantities of aerosols, such as small bits of fractured rock and droplets of sulfuric acid, high into the atmosphere. Those particles...
  • When Politicians Pretend They Are Scientists

    Geoengineering. Excerpts:  Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday...One option raised by Holdren and proposed by a Nobel Prize-winning scientist includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. It still is radical, and stupid: But he said there could be grave side effects. Studies suggest that might include eating away a large chunk of the ozone layer above the poles and causing the Mediterranean...
  • How to Cool the Globe

    10/24/2007 8:44:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 318+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 24, 2007 | KEN CALDEIRA
    DESPITE growing interest in clean energy technology, it looks as if we are not going to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide anytime soon. The amount in the atmosphere today exceeds the most pessimistic forecasts made just a few years ago, and it is increasing faster than anybody had foreseen. Even if we could stop adding to greenhouse gases tomorrow, the earth would continue warming for decades — and remain hot for centuries. We would still face the threat of water from melting glaciers lapping at our doorsteps. What can be done? One idea is to counteract warming by tossing small...
  • An Emergency Cooling System for the Planet - Can geoengineering save us from global warming?

    06/11/2008 7:48:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 45+ views
    Reason ^ | June 10, 2008 | Ronald Bailey
    Last week, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) held a conference that asked if geoengineering was a feasible solution to lower our planet's temperature, at least temporarily. The question is what to do if man-made global warming turns out to be a serious problem? At AEI, climatologist Tom Wigley from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado defined geoengineering as the deliberate modification of the earth's short wave radiation budget in order to reduce the magnitude of climate change. In his presentation, Wigley looked mostly at two possible approaches to geoengineering: injecting sulfate or other aerosols into the stratosphere, and...
  • Ozone: Friend or Foe?

    05/03/2008 8:34:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 195+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 24 April 2008 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageOut of the frying pan.Studies show that pumping sulfur into the atmosphere could seriously damage the ozone layer.Credit: Ross J. Salawitch [via Science] The ozone layer protects all life on Earth, but it's frustrating scientists' attempts to curb global warming. Take geoengineering: Researchers have proposed that injecting sulfur particles into the stratosphere might counter the effects of greenhouse gas buildup, but a new study suggests that the approach could thin the planet's already fragile ozone layer. Leaving the ozone layer alone comes with its own risks, however. A second study warns that the gradual recovery of the Antarctic...
  • Battlefield Earth

    01/31/2008 9:41:19 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 104+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | January 2008 | Jamais Cascio
    It may sound like science fiction, but it’s only a matter of time before the world’s militaries learn to wield the planet itself as a weapon. Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes. Such innovations remain critical, and yet disruptions to the Earth’s climate could overwhelm these relatively slow, incremental changes in how we live. As reports of faster-than-expected climate changes mount, a growing number of experts worry that we might ultimately be forced to try something quite radical: geoengineering. Geoengineering involves humans...
  • Giving Climate Change a Kick

    11/10/2007 7:59:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 114+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 9 November 2007 | Eli Kintisch
    Concern.Scientists say that the rapid pace of climate change, such as melting of ice in Greenland, make it worth studying ways to reverse global warming. Credit: Nick Cobbing/Peter Arnold, Inc.CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS--Top climate scientists have cautiously endorsed the need to study schemes to reverse global warming that involve directly tinkering with Earth's climate. Their position on geoengineering, which will likely be controversial, was staked out at an invitation-only meeting that ended here today. It's based on a growing concern about the rapid pace of global change and continued anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. "In this room, we've reached a remarkable consensus...
  • In Case We Can't Give Up the Cars -- Try 16 Trillion Mirrors

    06/22/2007 6:53:41 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 75 replies · 1,758+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2007 | Robert Lee Hotz
    In Case We Can't Give Up the Cars -- Try 16 Trillion Mirrors What if we wait too long to act on global warming? What if nothing we do is enough? Already, scientists are working up plans of last resort: stratospheric sprays of sulfur, trillions of orbiting mirrors and thousands of huge off-shore saltwater fountains. Each is designed to counteract global warming by deliberately deflecting sunlight, rather than by retooling the world's economy to eliminate carbon-rich oil, coal and natural gas. More at link (a must read) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118246650280644111.html Another related article from February 2007 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/6298507.stm
  • US Urges Scientists to Block Out Sun

    01/29/2007 11:16:38 AM PST · by i_dont_chat · 82 replies · 1,987+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 29, 2007 | David Adam and Liz Minchin
    The US wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming. It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a UN report on climate change, the first part of which is due out on Friday). The US has also attempted to steer the UN report, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), away from conclusions that would support a new worldwide...