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Retooling the Planet: New ETC Group Report on Geoengineering

Unread postby Isard » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:25 pm

I have found this new document at the ETC Group website.

It was presented during the Copenhaguen meeting. Did you hear about this in the media???

Retooling the Planet: Climate Chaos in a Geoengineering Age, a Report Commissioned and Published by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

This critical overview of geoengineering technologies examines the history, politics and social and ecological implications of attempts to add large-scale, intentional manipulation of the planet to the menu of possible responses to climate change. The report contests the notion that more funding, research and experimentation is needed into geoengineering technologies, and provides a series of recommendations on how these controversial technologies should be regulated.


Here is the link to the PDF document, which I STRONGLY recommend:
http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/publication/pdf_file/Retooling%20the%20Planet.hi_.pdf

And another worthy link:
To view the webcast of ETC Group's press conference in Copenhagen announcing the release of this paper, go to: http://tiny.cc/5BnqI

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Re: Retooling the Planet: New ETC Group Report on Geoengineering

Unread postby socrates » Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:07 pm

Thanks for this, Isard. I'll check out the pdf, when time permits.

It's always a good thing when geoengineering as Frankensteinian Science is held up to scrutiny.

The main obstacle for sanity appears to be how climate change has been termed as being an issue of national security. It could take other nations to make sure the US doesn't take matters into its own hands. Jesse Ventura had a problem with HAARP being a military installation which does not allow for public accountability. We know HAARP can be used for geoengineering. We need more people like Jesse demanding democratic consultation with we the people on such important matters.

One of Obama's advisors mentioned the need to put geoengineering on the table. I think if this is debated in public, it won't go through. But if it becomes a classified, secretive enterprise, it will be turned into kookiness, just like what happened to chemtrails and a number of other real topics.

Semi-exclusive: Science Adviser Holdren stands by his long-standing critique of geoengineering

Obama's science adviser John Holdren said his quotes were taken out of context.

I said that the approaches that have been surfaced so far seem problematic in terms of both efficacy and side effects, but we have to look at the possibilities and understand them because if we get desperate enough it will be considered. I also made clear that this was my personal view, not Administration policy. Asked whether I had mentioned geo-engineering in any White House discussions, though, I said that I had. This is NOT the same thing as saying the White House is giving serious consideration to geo-engineering – which it isn’t — and I am disappointed that the headline and the text of the article suggest otherwise.


The problem is if climate change is considered an issue of national security, then the military could be conducting geoengineering, and there'd be no public awareness of it happening.
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Re: Retooling the Planet: New ETC Group Report on Geoengineering

Unread postby Isard » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:22 pm

A new report from ETC Group:

Top-down Planet Hackers Call for Bottom-up Governance

http://www.etcgroup.org/en/node/5073

Top-down Planet Hackers Call for Bottom-up Governance

Geoengineers Bid to Establish Voluntary Testing Regime Must be Opposed

While most scientists left the Copenhagen Climate Summit feeling gloomy about their influence, a small group of geoengineering advocates came away emboldened by the summit’s weak outcome and uncertain road ahead. This group of scientists aims to get on with research and experimentation in controversial geoengineering technologies. Their real excitement is over “solar radiation management” (SRM). This is a way of “cooling down the planet’s thermostat” by reflecting a portion of the sun’s rays back to outer space, through a variety of techniques ranging from sunshades in space, to aerosol sulphates in the stratosphere, to whitening clouds. These high-risk, planet-altering schemes affect global warming without changing its cause which is excessive greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.


Here you may download the PDF version:
http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/publication/pdf_file/ETCNRTestingGeofeb112010.pdf


Y aquí pueden ver el artículo en español (same article in Spanish)
http://www.etcgroup.org/es/node/5076

Y el PDF en español (PDF in Spanish):
http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/publication/pdf_file/NwsRlsGeoingGovern11Feb10Spa_0.pdf

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