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Geoengineering — Who Decides

Nuclear-free nuclear war

A few decades ago, I read proposals about making synthetic volcanos to offset 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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