It is almost universally agreed upon that human induced climate change is extremely damaging. There are species that are struggling to cope with changes in their habitats, the usual evolutionary process simply isn't being given enough time to compensate. The weather is growing more extreme, with severe floods and storms playing a larger part in the global climate. Coastal cities are all at risk of being eaten up by the ocean.
This passive geoengineering has been taking place for many years, as industry is the main polluter of our planet. Along with combustion engines, coal powered steam engines, and agriculture, the activities of human beings are having dramatic consequences at an ever increasing rate. As land is changed for human purposes and the atmosphere is polluted with our waste, the natural planet is suffering.
One idea has been to actively use geoengineering to patch up the mistakes. Cloud seeding, for example, is an idea that has been kicking around for several decades. A plan was to use white clouds to reflect sunlight back into space. Seeded by salt crystals, the cloud could be long lived and substantial in size. This would reduce the amount of solar radiation meeting the ground. Thought to help reduce the temperature, some argue that it will not be effective.
What ever we decide to do, geoengineering is beginning to look more and more like the only real option. Unless the big polluters suddenly shut up shop and use some of their fortune to clear up the mess they've made, the climate is only going to be more stretched each year. There is a warning on the packaging however, as a new study released today in Nature Ecology and Evolution professes, if we were to mess it up then the whole world could fall apart around us.
So how do we react to this news? If you're not already glum about the environment then you really need to be headed that way, and also maybe this is the kick up the bum we need to hear to make us start really thinking about how we use energy and dispose of our waste. Business solutions like Arrow Direct who recycle computers and tablets for cheap resale are making good way, how do you do your bit for the planet?
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