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Indigenous peoples urge Harvard to scrap solar geoengineering project
by Alister Doyle

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
13 June 2021

On 13 June 2021 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Indigenous peoples from around the world on Wednesday [9 June] urged Harvard University to abandon a project to test ways to dim sunlight as a fix for global warming, saying it posed huge risks to 'Mother Earth'. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, scientists, and environmentalists opposed to 'solar geoengineering' praised the bid to halt research into an artificial global sunshade, announced at an online conference by the Saami Council representing reindeer herders in the Nordic nations and Russia. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Harvard researchers are studying the feasibility of releasing tiny particles high in the atmosphere, by planes or balloons, to reflect sunlight back into space. ... Scientists opposed to solar geoengineering said it could give fossil fuel companies an excuse to keep on producing coal, oil, and natural gas, with the prospect that a technological fix was around the corner at some point.

'Rather than treating the root cause, it treats the symptom. It's like taking pain-killers,' said Raymond Pierrehumbert, professor of physics at the University of Oxford. 'It would lead to a very perilous future.'

... Michael Mann, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said ... 'It would likely dry out our continents, cause drought ... It could cause some areas to warm even faster at the expense of other areas cooling,' he said. 'It is a foolish gambit.'

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