I have been looking at the TED talks that have recently been put online. This one stood out today about the possibilities for geoengineering. Suffice it to say, they look strong in terms of cooling the planet quickly if we find suddenly ice caps are melting too quickly.
But it also became clear to me that we may face a new twist on the global public bad problem that is climate change. Put simply, it is cheap to geoengineer. Let’s assume it works put with some side-effects. Then there is a massive incentive for countries most impacted on by climate change or how might do poorly in any collective world system we agree to in order to mitigate climate change to unilaterally put particles into the atmosphere and control the weather. The economic forces are strong in this regard and, if we don’t know enough about geoengineering, there would be real risks of having it done poorly. Those economic forces are clear. I have no idea what, if anything, should be done about it. Put is worth thinking more about.