Members of the public have a negative view of climate engineering, the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the environment to counteract climate change, according to a new study.
The results are from researchers from the University of Southampton and Massey University (New Zealand) who have undertaken the first systematic large-scale evaluation of the public reaction to climate engineering.
The work is published in Nature Climate Change this week (12 January 2014).
Some scientists think that climate engineering approaches will be required to combat the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 due to the burning of fossil fuels. Climate engineering could involve techniques that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere or approaches that slow temperature rise by reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface.
Co-author Professor Damon Teagle of the University of Southampton said: “Because even the concept of climate engineering is highly controversial, there is pressing need to consult the public and understand their concerns before policy decisions are made.”
Lead author, Professor Malcolm Wright of Massey University, said: “Previous attempts to engage the public with climate engineering have been exploratory and small scale. In our study, we have drawn on commercial methods used to evaluate brands and new product concepts to develop a comparative approach for evaluating the public reaction to a variety of climate engineering concepts.”
The results show that the public has strong negative views towards climate engineering. Where there are positive reactions, they favour approaches that reduce carbon dioxide over those that reflected sunlight.
“It was a striking result and a very clear pattern,” said Professor Wright. “Interventions such as putting mirrors in space or fine particles into the stratosphere are not well received. More natural processes of cloud brightening or enhanced weathering are less likely to raise objections, but the public react best to creating biochar (making charcoal from vegetation to lock in CO2) or capturing carbon directly from the air.”
Nonetheless, even the most well regarded techniques still has a net negative perception.
The work consulted large representative samples in both Australia and New Zealand. Co-author Pam Feetham said: “The responses are remarkably consistent from both countries, with surprisingly few variations except for a slight tendency for older respondents to view climate engineering more favourably.”
The Latest on: Climate Engineering
via Google News
The Latest on: Climate Engineering
- Intel Recognized as Global Leader for Engaging Its Supply Chain on Climate Changeon February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
SOURCE:Intel February 4, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Intel has been identified as a global leader for engaging with ...
- Climate One series: John Browne on engineering the futureon February 3, 2020 at 2:05 am
From the Commonwealth Club of California’s “Climate One” series hosted by Greg Dalton. Guest: John Browne, who was CEO of British Petroleum 1995-2007, is the author of a new book, “Make, Think, ...
- To fix anti-vaxxing, climate change, and white supremacy, we 'have to fix Facebook and Google': Roger McNameeon February 2, 2020 at 4:14 am
Big Tech has received its share of criticism in recent years, but in a new interview, venture capitalist turned tech critic Roger McNamee specifically singled out Facebook and Google for their roles ...
- Expert discusses the prospects of climate engineeringon January 17, 2020 at 7:10 am
Climate engineering may offer a last-ditch technological solution to catastrophic climate change, but who makes the decisions on which solutions to implement, and who the beneficiaries will be?
- BBC Inside Science Topics - Climate engineeringon July 28, 2019 at 3:57 am
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World - Oliver Morton — Signs of life on planets, Royal Society Book Prize, Queen Bee control, Galactic Prom 29 ...
- Would climate engineering be playing God?on May 6, 2019 at 6:43 am
Would climate engineering be playing God? As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Check out this story on shreveporttimes.com: https ...
- Climate Engineering Needs to Look at the Big Picture, Says Researcheron April 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm
among the least studied is climate engineering. Of all the different possible methods to combat anthropogenic climate change conceived of so far, among the least studied is climate engineering. An ...
- Governing solar radiation management: A report from the academic working group on climate engineering governanceon December 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm
In 2016, the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment convened a group of fourteen global governance experts to study the governance of solar radiation management (SRM) and offer recommendations for ...
- Why the developing world needs to be included in climate engineering researchon April 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm
EDF played an early role in the NGO community in promoting governance of climate engineering research. In 2010, EDF co-founded the SRM Governance Initiative with the Royal Society and The World ...
- Researchers explore the use of decision pathways to inform climate engineering policieson January 13, 2016 at 6:12 am
The researchers have modeled this approach with a decision pathway design that addresses climate engineering technologies, and published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of ...
via Bing News