The National Academies Press
Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming: Mitigation, Adaptation, and the Science Base (1992)
Fast forward to March 2013... ( Full 21 years later! Oh well )
"21 years of uncertainty":
- DROUGHT - FAMINE - CLIMATE-CHANGE - FLOODING - UPTICK IN "NATURAL" EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS -KATRINA - SANDY - ARCTIC HURRICANE - POLAR ICE CAP MELT - METHANE EMERGENCY - POLAR RESOURCE EXPLORATION - OPENING OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE -
5 March 2013 Science Podcast
"Many research projects get a lot more scrutiny than their non research counterparts, for instance, if we are talking about injecting aerosols into the atmosphere, people get very scared of the notion of Geoengineering that would do that; however we have all this commercial airlines that are doing that all the time every day."
E.D.: "Right... right, and this is a big reason (for) the core of the compromise we propose. One of the reasons for this is that if you say "you can't do any Geoengineering research" but there are regular commercial and operational activities, shipping, aviation, other stuff that are every day imposing environmental perturbations that are the same scale or bigger than any research project; what you are basically doing is saying you want to control this activity by virtue of it's purpose or the fact that is called Geoengineering... and that doesn't make sense, it not only doesn't make sense in terms of managing environmental risks, it also poses all kinds of temptations for people just to... (???) what their doing or what their purpose is.
Edward Parson recommends a framework for ending the political deadlock on geoengineering research, allowing some projects to move forward while mitigating risks.
"Maybe we can have our fossil fuels and burn 'em too"
Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming:
"Our current inadvertent project in "geoengineering" involves great uncertainty and great risk"