Geoengineering As The Royal Society illustrates, because of the fact that greenhouse gases created by human industry are increasing at a unforeseen rate, unless future efforts to reduce these emissions are significantly more successful then they have been to date, additional action may be required. Geoengineering is the way in which this might be achieved. Defined as “deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system, in order to moderate global warming,” (The Royal Society ix), geoengineering acts to counterbalance the ways in which human beings have acted to put their own future in jeopardy. There are two general classes of geoengineering practices which may be employed (The Royal Society). The first is known as carbon...The end:
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