Write An Essay On Geoengineering

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The planet is quickly becoming desperate for a solution to global warming. The issue has been discussed seriously for decades; however, global advancements to counteract the effects of climate change have been ineffective. International focus has been on stopping the output for harmful emissions into the atmosphere. This is widely considered to be the most obvious and, if put into practice, the most effective solution. However, the world is addicted to old methods of power production with no signs of slowing down soon. This being the case, new solutions must be investigated to appropriately address the issue of a dangerously warm planet. A new form of engineering known as geoengineering is providing these solutions. geoengineering experts have …show more content…
It has been defined as: “the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system, in order to moderate global warming" (The Royal Society, 2009). Geoengineers do not have to pitch the idea to a single region or nation, but to the world as a whole. This is why it becomes difficult to propose solutions. Over time two main streams of solutions have become topics of discussion in geoengineering: Solar Radiation Management, and Carbon Dioxide Removal. Implementation of climate engineering would support global mitigation and adaptation processes aimed at slowing climate change. It is widely accepted that climate engineering is not to be an alternative to climate change mitigation. Processes used would temporarily cut back greenhouse gas effects, or quickly slow planetary warming. Little testing has been done to completely justify the implementation of most proposals, making the future of this field full of …show more content…
It is largely the opinion of climate change experts that geoengineering solutions are not to be relied upon to fix the problems of climate change alone. However, geoengineers are planning ahead for a future where the world may be forced to take emergency measures to protect against the devastating effects of a much warmer planet. Some ideas are more radical, where others may be useful even today to support the global transition away from excess CO2 emission. Solar radiation management may be a last resort to give people slightly more time to fully integrate pollution free systems into society. However, atmospheric carbon dioxide removal can be more realistically implemented immediately. Interest in these, and many more methods is growing in the engineering community. The greatest challenge for the next generation of engineers may be to reengineer the planet

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