With the failure of carbon abatement strategies after the collapse of COP 15 and resistance to any further United Nations meetings on climate change, scientists and academics gathered in California to determine alternate ways to manage climate systems in the face of a warming planet.
The result: There are no easy solutions in a post-carbon-abatement world with no government involvement but perhaps meeting to devise guidelines and norms for new approaches in climate intervention research is the first step.
“This is an urgent meeting of the world’s top climate change experts, because if we can no longer meet under the auspices of the United Nations, meetings must nevertheless continue, because the issue is too important, at least to some,” says Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the recently installed president of Huxley University in Dipswitch, CA.
More than two hundred renowned scientists and researchers from the world’s leading academic institutions, environmental groups, and policy think tanks, led by Wagstaff, are convening this week to debate the risks and social implications of research on climate intervention, which is also called geoengineering.
“That’s a fancy word that’s sure to get us the funding we need for what we estimate will be a need for at least 10 years of applied research on this topic, especially at the social level,” he says. “At this point, we’re taking every suggestion, from the ridiculous to the sublime, seriously.Click to continue reading »