Thursday, February 01, 2007

Geoengineering?

Ok, so this isn't specifically on topic (i.e. genetics, genomics, etc), but the positioning of biotech and nanotech in ventures like "synthetic genomics" as a panacea for climate change, in the form of engineered corn and other plants for the purpose of fuels has been very visible lately.
This report from the ETC group (pdf) may scare some people even more. Here's a quick taste of what the report is about:
"On the day before the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sounds its loudest alarm yet, ETC Group warns that some OECD states, led by the United States, are betting on a pie-in-the-sky techno-fix to address climate change. "Geoengineering" refers to the intentional, large-scale manipulation of the environment to bring about environmental change. With no hope for Kyoto, little political will to ask industry or voters to change lifestyles and a growing recognition that carbon trading is a farce, some governments are concluding that massive earth restructuring is the only way out. The Guardian reported earlier this week that the US government is lobbying the IPCC to promote geoengineering activities, such as deliberately polluting the stratosphere to deflect sunlight and lower temperatures."

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posted by ryan griffis  # 2:36 PM

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