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Geoengineering — Who Decides

Nuclear-free nuclear war

A few decades ago, I read proposals about making synthetic volcanos to offset global warming by making non-nuclear winters.

It all looked really good to me. On paper and in simulation, it was perfect, if not better.

The problem was that we didn’t have a test planet to try it out on first.

As a species, we humans have a terrible track record of encountering huge unexpected consequences. That makes this pretty scary and seemingly too dangerous to try.

When I read in Technology Review that Make Sunsets was launching balloons to do something similar. No oversight. No test planet. Not even much in the way of transparency.

Maybe it is a salvation for the world. Maybe it is the world’s destruction. Very hard to know.

How should we decide whether it should be tried? Who should be involved in making such a decision?

Is this something to leave to market forces?

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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