Geo Engineering Problems

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Humanity has always searched for solutions to problems that have challenged societies for centuries. The development of science and the scientific method has given humans the ability to explore and change the environment in which humans live. However, with the emergence of geo-engineering the unknown variables can present more problems than solutions. It is understandable that humans are concerned with the radical way in which the world’s climate is changing; what is not understandable is the mentality that we should treat the whole planet as a guinea pig and start performing experiments without certainty of what the results would be.
The geo-engineering technology consists not on solving the methods and procedures in which corporations mass-produce
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If there was a way to certainly know how the planet would respond to the methods and applications of geo-engineering, then perhaps then there could be a real scientific talk about it. However, the repercussions of spraying the stratosphere will be worldwide and uncontainable. The normal scientific procedure for any type of new technology is to test the hypothesis, collect data, reform the hypothesis and retest until the desired result is achieved the minimal negative “side effects”. The problem with geo-engineering is that the only way of testing it, is to just do it and hope for the best. The lives of not only humans are at stake when experimenting with the planet, every living organism and ecosystem will have to deal with the possible irreversible consequences of these experiments. One of the biggest fears about the idea of geo-engineering is the fear that by talking about this technology or researching it and popularizing it will lessen the strength of the companies’ commitment to cut carbon emissions (Izrael). There are many other options instead of this technology; many scientists are working hard to provide the planet with a reasonable cure. A promising one is to engineer cyanobacteria for the consumption of CO2 and in the process produce useful organic acids and fuels. This type of technology would not interfere with ecosystems and natural …show more content…
The probabilities of things going very wrong are higher than for things to go perfect. That is the issue; things need to go absolutely perfect in order for this kind of technology to be acceptable. Otherwise humans would forever go on to be the destroyers of their own and only home, Earth. From the rights approach perspective, this technology is not even trying to become public. Many people are unaware of the practices that certain governments want to put in place and the ones that are already in place. The rights approach deals with respecting the moral rights of all of those involved; however, these are global impacting projects that will have repercussions in all living things. We do not know how this technology will affect crops and farm lands, or what new diseases it will trigger. Humanity has the moral right to know what is going on as well as to have an opinion since this will ultimately affect everyone. In this approach the technology is falling short of being deemed ethical. The common good approach deals with the respect and compassion for all, especially for those that are more vulnerable. When thinking about this technology and how some of it includes spraying the stratosphere right above West Africa, one has to wonder how much are the scientists behind it considering the lives of those in the areas

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