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Geoengineering

Geoengineering

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Published by Randolph Kirk
The paper describes the current state of research concerning geoengineering of the Earth's climate
The paper describes the current state of research concerning geoengineering of the Earth's climate

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Published by: Randolph Kirk on Apr 03, 2011
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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
Geoengineering: CarbonRemoval and Reduction of SolarRadiation
A Summary of Current Research and PoliticalIssues
Randy Kirk 11/19/2010
 
Geoengineering options to mitigate climate change are discussed. The two mainbranches of geoengineering according to the Royal Society are solar radiationreduction strategies and atmospheric carbon removal strategies. Thetechnologies are assessed based on four variables, cost, environmental impact,environmental risk and main barriers to adoption. Geoengineering in terms of carbon removal is very difficult in terms of cost even for the most cost efficientmethods, while two options (cloud albedo and stratospheric aerosol) appearinitially promising as solar radiation reduction strategies. However, nearly allgeoengineering strategies will likely not be adopted on a large scale, unless thereis a major climatic crisis, due to environmental risks and political complications.

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