Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

February 10, 2015 4:01 PM

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Before anyone tries to cool the Earth with technologies that could counteract global warming, there needs to be a lot more research into the benefits and risks. That's the conclusion announced Tuesday by a scientific panel convened by the prestigious National Research Council to assess "climate geoengineering" — deliberate attempts to alter the global climate.

Geoengineering has been seen as the potential last-ditch option to stave off the worst effects of climate change, given that agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been slow in coming.

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