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The Protocol of
‘The intentional large-scale manipulation
of the global environment. The term has usually been
applied to proposals to manipulate the climate with the primary intention of
reducing undesired climatic change caused by human influences. …(G)eoengineering schemes seek to mitigate the effect of
fossil-fuel combustion on the climate without abating fossil fuel use; for
example, by placing shields in space to reduce the sunlight incident on the
D. W. 1999. Geoengineering. Εncyclopaedia
of Global Change.
Geoengineering includes land, sea and air-based components. Some of the remedies it proposes, e.g. large-scale planting of trees, appear uncontroversial. (Greenpeace, though, has expressed reservations concerning proposals for so-called ‘carbon sinks’). Others, such as the ‘Geritol’ cure of sowing iron filings into the oceans to stimulate the growth of carbon-consuming phytoplankton, seem more problematic. Others again, such as the ‘sunscreen’ proposal of scattering millions of tons of metallic particles in the atmosphere to reflect sunlight back into space before it could be emitted in heat radiation and then absorbed by carbon dioxide, are clearly seen by most geoengineering theorists as virtually impossible to sell to the public.
There was a geoengineering debate in the popular scientific press in the
At a conference which took place in Cambridge, England, from 7th to 9th January 2004, Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber of the Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change admitted that some of the measures being proposed by conference participants, such as giant shields in space and huge reservoirs to hold the additional water released by the melting of the polar ice caps, are ‘exotic ideas’. ‘However,’ he added, ‘this is a desperate situation and people should start thinking about the unconventional.’
Systematic presentation of the main geoengineering proposals that have been put forward (and many of which are already clearly being implemented, though without official acknowledgement), are to be found in the American National Academy of Science’s report ‘Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming: Mitigation, Adaptation, and the Science Bases’, (http://books.nap.edu/books/0309043867/html/index.html) where the official conclusion by the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research is that the most effective global warming method of mitigation (corrective) is the spraying of reflective aerosol compounds into the atmosphere utilizing commercial, military and private aircraft.
RESOLUTION OF ATTAC-HELLAS
1. We support the
2. Geoengineering measures are not a solution. The proposed cures are worse than the disease.
3. Geoengineering takes present structures of uncontrolled and limitless economic growth as an unquestionable fact of life.
acknowledgement of the existence of geoengineering
plans, even if only
theoretical, is a step forward
from the dogmatic denial that global climatic changes have economic and social
roots (a viewpoint still predominant in the
5. Geoengineering plans are being implemented behind our backs and over our heads. Every citizen has a responsibility to inform himself/herself about this and take the appropriate measures, both individual and collective (for example by introducing and promoting the subject in organizations of active citizens).
6. In the face of the huge problem of ongoing destruction of the ecological system of the planet, ATTAC remains open to the search for suitable scientifically-accredited solutions, so that a proper human-centred approach may be adopted, promoting a harmonic relationship between the natural and social worlds.