Last week, it came to light that the IPCC is now asking major countries and origanizations to begin assessing implementation of geoengineering
programs, without laws or regulations in place, in lieu of a more general agreement on emissions!
Leaked documents ahead of key Lima meeting suggest UN body is looking to slow emissions with technological fixes rather than talks
In a move that suggests the UN and rich countries are despairing of reaching agreement by consensus at global climate talks, the US, British and other
western scientists will outline a series of ideas to manipulate the world's climate to reduce carbon emissions. But they accept that even though the
ideas could theoretically work, they might equally have unintended and even irreversible consequences.
The papers, leaked from inside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ahead of a geo-engineering expert group meeting in
Lima in Peru next week, show that around 60 scientists will propose or try to assess a range of radical measures, including:
• blasting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight into space;
• depositing massive quantities of iron filings into the oceans;
• bio-engineering crops to be a lighter colour to reflect sunlight; and
• suppressing cirrus clouds.
Now, I don't generally give The Guardian
a whole lot of credit for good journalism (more like none), this has the appearance of a true
"scoop;" it names sources, cites records and even names names who are willing to talk.
So, are the IPCC, US, UK ready to start manipulating the climate?
Given that the Obama administration has in place people like Scince advise Holdren, who advocates "de-industrialization," and Energy Secretary Henry
Ch, who endorses "European gasoline prices" and to whom coal gives nightmares, this could be the real thing. Obama himself warned during his
campaign that he would see that energy costs would be substantilally higher. EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson is already preparing regulations to decimate
coal-generated power, as well.
What could come next?
This week, more than 125 environment, development and human rights groups from 40 countries published a letter sent to Rajendra Pachauri, the
Nobel prize-winning head of the IPCC, warning that the body had no mandate to consider the legality or political suitability of using
In a letter to the Guardian this week, Georgina Mace, professor of conservation science at Imperial College, London and Catherine Redgwell, professor
of international law at UCL, said that investment in geo-engineering research had already begun and, "without international governance structures,
schemes could soon be implemented unencumbered by the safeguards needed".
But according to abstracts of the papers, Redgwell will advise the IPCC in Peru next week that no new laws should be adopted. "A
multilateral geo-engineering treaty is not likely or desirable. The appetite for climate change law-making is low."
This doesn't bode well for trhe public, since we will have no input to the entrepreneurs and agencies who have their agendas and studies in place to
Geo-engineering is not a public good but could be a giant international scandal with devastating consequences on the poor," said Diana Bronson,
researcher with international NGO the ETC Group.
In the papers, many of the scientists accept there are that major uncertainties around the technologies. However, the scientific steering group of the
meeting, which will assess the technologies, includes many well-known geo-engineering advocates who have called for public funds to conduct
large-scale experiments as well as scientists who have patents on geo-engineering technologies or financial interests in the technologies.
Although I had assumed that cooler heads would prevail, I can see Obama acting now, rather than later, and moving forward woth this as a"green jobs"
Others here on ATS saw this coming almost a year ago, and our friend Burntheships posted an excellent summary of what was then only speculation and
The Powerful Coalition That Wants To Engineer The World's Climate
Here's the Guardian snippet she based this upon:
Now, a powerful coalition of forces is quietly constellating around the idea of transforming the Earth's atmosphere by simulating volcanic
eruptions to counter the warming effects...Engineering the planet's climate system is attracting the attention of scientists, scientific
societies, venture capitalists...think tanks. Despite the enormity of what is being proposed nothing less than taking control of Earth's
climate system the public has been almost entirely excluded from the planning.
Now, this has NOTHING to do with chemtrails.
It is about implementing what had only previously been discussed, studied, and considered.
Are we ready?
Do we really want this?
Do we really need this at this point of uncertainty about the scope and direction of climate change?