Thursday, April 11, 2013

Who will control the technology, military use and conflicts with current treaties

20 reasons why geoengineering may be a bad idea
ALAN ROBOCK Rutgers University

(Note Dec. 30, 2013: These are also very important reasons for the public's understanding of the technology)

15. Commercial control of technology. Who would end up controlling geoengineering systems? Governments? Private companies holding patents on proprietary technology? And whose benefit would they have at heart? 

These systems could pose issues analogous to those raised by pharmaceutical companies and energy
conglomerates whose products ostensibly serve the public, but who often value shareholder profits over the public good.

16. Military use of the technology. The United States has a long history of trying to modify weather for military purposes, including inducing rain during the Vietnam War to swamp North Vietnamese supply lines and disrupt antiwar protests by Buddhist monks.[19]

Eighty-five countries, including the United States, have signed the U.N. Convention on the
Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification
Techniques (ENMOD), but could techniques developed to control global climate forever be limited to peaceful uses?

17. Conflicts with current treaties. The terms of ENMOD explicitly prohibit “military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage, or injury to any other State Party.” 

Any geoengineering scheme that adversely affects regional climate, for example, producing warming or drought, would therefore violate ENMOD.


[19] James R. Fleming writes eloquently about the militaristic history of climate modification schemes in “The Climate Engineers,”
Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2007, pp. 46–60.

See also Fleming, “Fixing the Weather and Climate,” and Fleming, “The Pathological History of Weather and Climate Modification.”

Other resources:

Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification 
Techniques (ENMOD)

Weekly on #Geoengineering #Climate Issues

Para una corta introducción sobre la Geoingeniería del clima visite:

Los invito a que lean también mi semanario en español:

GEOINGENIERIA DEL CLIMA - Temas sobre la Geoingeniería Climática - Modificación del Clima 

Y en inglés con algunos articulos en español: #Geoengineering #Climate Issues

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