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Could we control our climate?
Could we control our climate?

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Session 7: Should we engineer the climate?

Introduction

By asking whether we ‘should’ engineer the climate, the question we are really asking is, what is the best or the right thing to do?

But deciding what is best for Earth’s climate and how to achieve it is, of course, extraordinarily complex.

This session you will study how you might choose and implement different geoengineering methods, the risks of unwanted side-effects, and some contradictory and controversial media reporting of climate predictions.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of different geoengineering methods
  • understand why there are uncertainties in measuring, understanding and predicting climate change, with or without geoengineering
  • be familiar with a range of physical and social risks of geoengineering methods
  • reflect on different possible interpretations of climate predictions by the media.