Can the climate be engineered?


  • Charles Blue


As climate research increases our understanding of the atmosphere's chemistry, serious theories are emerging that address the problems associated with engineering climate. New proposals suggest that it may be possible to reverse the trend in global warming and to replenish the diminishing ozone layer.

A special Union session titled Global Environmental Engineering, to be held at the Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco, will bring researchers together to discuss the science and problems associated with engineering climate change. According to Ralph Cicerone, one of the session co-conveners, “It is not our intention to propose solutions to the problems facing our climate, nor to suggest methods for altering the environment. Rather, we recognize that many people would like to see them critically reviewed to see if some of the concepts in climate engineering have merit.”