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February 16, 2007

Climate reengineering

The new age of climate re-engineering and the $25 million bounty from Richard Branson is discussed at open the future. It is noted that the re-engineering efforts would have the best chance of succeeding if we adjust technology and behavior to stop making the problems worse.

Gregory Benford's proposal for climate re-engineering is discussed at future pundit The Benford proposal possesses the advantages of being both one of the simplest planet-cooling technologies so far suggested and being initially testable in a local context. He suggests suspension of tiny, harmless particles (sized at one-third of a micron) at about 80,000 feet up in the stratosphere. These particles could be composed of diatomaceous earth.

Benford says treating the Arctic would cost only $100 million per year. You could do the whole planet for a couple of billion.

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