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• A new study is claiming that the controversial solar geo-engineering technique to curb our planet's rising temperatures actually has no downside and would only provide benefits.
• The new optimism around solar geo-engineering is still worrisome to most, how can more solid research be done on this technique? What other innovative strategies towards combating climate change are there?
The year is 2055, and climate change has fully set in. Months-long heat waves regularly kill infants and the elderly, and food shortages are testing governments on every continent. While the world is finally reducing its carbon emissions, the cuts aren’t happening fast enough, and scientists say Earth will keep rapidly warming for at least another century.
To stave off a crisis, China and the United States jointly propose an audacious scheme: They will inject sulfate aerosols into the high atmosphere to dim the sun’s rays, as happens naturally after a huge volcanic eruption. The two countries say the plan will restore order and lower the planet’s fever. But critics assert that the aerosols will distort the planet’s climate even further, weakening the monsoon and setting off droughts across Asia and Africa.
Read the full article on the benefits of solar geo-engineering by Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic