"In recent years, there has been a flurry of patents taken out of methods to engineer the climate. One of them, patented in the US, is so broad that if enforceable it would place fertilization of the oceans in the hands of one man. So we are approaching a situation in which international efforts to protect humanity from climate disaster could depend on whether or not one company wants to sell its intellectual property." — Clive Hamilton
In our second hour, Clive Hamilton investigates the idea of ‘technofixes’ to the issue of global warming. While he does outline some chemical mechanisms of the most popular schemes, his focus is not the technical details but the bigger picture of who is suggesting the various schemes and what we can deduce about the real motives of these schemes' proponents. He opines that climate engineering without a cut in carbon emissions would be "disastrous", concluding his presentation as follows:
"Within the next decade, we will be compelled to take a stance on geoengineering... Managing the climate - one way or another - is humanity's great challenge for the 21st century. Just how confident are we that we can use technology to take control of and regulate the biggest and most complex ecosystem of them all?" — Clive Hamilton
Thanks to the University of Bath podcast series for the Stephen Gough talk, and thanks to the University of Syndey Podcasts series for the talk by Clive Hamilton.
See the UnwelcomeGuests site for a link to "CIA Backs $630,000 Scientific Study on Controlling Global Climate - MotherJones article from 2013-07-17"