Gallery: 5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering

The COP17 Durban Climate Change Conference ended with the failure to institute a binding emissions agreement, so it seems that the world's efforts to avoid the effects of climate change are at a crossroads. However while the politicians talk, scientists are coming up with bold and - dare we say - crazy ways to save the planet. Geo-engineering (the deliberate large-scale engineering and manipulation of the environment to combat or counteract anthropogenic changes in atmospheric chemistry) has long been touted as a way to counter the catastrophic effects of global warming, but has been considered dangerous by some as it interferes with the world's delicate ecosystems. However there are several schemes proposed by scientists all around the world that could offer a solution - read on for a look and let us know what you think in the comments!

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  1. eboireau January 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    It is likely that a change in communication between the mediterranean and Atlantic can cause a change in Atlantic climate, but I doubt this could affect significantly and more positively the Canada climate (?freezing) than other areas (and negatively). What’s about effects on the local climate and environmental? Nobody can predict enough accurately the small and large scale effects of such a risky project, and nobody in current and future generations will like to pay for (bad)consequencies.

    Then, lowering the mediterranean level by 200m thanks to evaporation only would take several years with lower energy production at a time the demand of energy is high… Then the dam will be ageing or obsolete…

    Finally, closing mediterrannean and using it to evaporate the atlantic water fed for energy production, would make it a sink for salt. Why creating new inlands if they are dead (or costly to desalt)?

  2. eriksalkeld January 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    In a similar way, a peruvian NGO is already painting the peruvian Andes glaciers with a special ecological paint based in white lime:

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