Geoengineering: A Horrible Idea We Might Have to Do

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By the end of the 21st century, humanity is becoming desperate. Decades of heatwaves and droughts have led to unusually poor harvests, while the warming oceans yield fewer fish each year. In the tropical zones, millions suffer from famine and resource wars have made millions more flee to the north. As things quickly get worse, in an act of desperation, the world's governments decide to enact an emergency plan...
It is far from certain that a grim scenario like this will play out. But the failure of world leaders to effectively address climate change, makes it far from impossible.
So in the near future it might become necessary to try something radical to slow down rapid climate change: Geoengineering. Interventions so massive in scale that they might undo centuries of human behavior. Or make everything much worse.
What is geoengineering, is it really an option and what if it goes wrong?

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Could you imagine the conspiracy theories that would arise because of a global air fleet annually spraying something in the sky?
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You've convinced me humanity will destroy itself in one way or another before 2100.
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You know you've reached rock bottom, when your solution to problems that you created, is to do the thing they did in the Matrix, that made the planet uninhabitable in that movie.
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When the scientist bird sprayed his work off the board I actually felt really sad lol
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Let’s just paint everything white or cover the earth in mirrors to show the sun who’s boss.
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"Humanity might press the self-desctruct button"
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During the Vietnam War, the US army actually did this to extend the monsoon season in vietnam to disrupt supply lines on the Ho Chi Minh trail. It was called Operation Popeye.
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Arshak Akbar Vor year
"But it gets worst." Ahh. The part we wait for in every Kurzgesagt video.
Harrison Karn
This reminds me of the movie "Stormpiercer" where governments try to stop climate change by dumping chemicals in the atmosphere and accidentally freeze the whole planet.
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It's kind of depressing that one of the several major drawbacks listed is that "politicians may use it as an excuse to delay the transition to a carbon-neutral economy"
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NO - that is a bad idea! Causing the atmosphere to rain sulfuric acid everywhere for decades will do way, way worse things to the environment, and the chance of a geopolitical breakdown in the process is so omnipresent that it would likely do very little in the long term.
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I would not trust ANY people in the present to oversee such a project, its just such a bad idea.
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