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Geoengineering: Playing God With the Environment?

Complete video at: Will clearing the air of pollutants actually increase global warming? A panel of climate experts discusses the ethical and scientific implications of geoengineering. "No matter what we do, we are already engineering the earth," says Albert Lin of UC Davis. ----- Should humans address man-made rising temperatures and sea levels by tinkering further with mother nature? A lively debate about geoengineering has burst into the mainstream recently with reference to Ken Caldeira's work in the final chapter of the popular book SuperFreakonomics. This panel takes a measured look at the good, bad and ugly of what could and should be done. What is technically feasible? How could new tactics be tested? Does the mere possibility of geoengineering diminish efforts to reduce carbon pollution? Our speakers share their distinct perspectives on this passionate environmental topic. - Commonwealth Club Ken Caldeira is an atmospheric scientist who works at the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology. He researches ocean acidification, climate effects of trees, intentional climate modification, and interactions in the global carbon/climate system. He also works as a staff scientist for Intellectual Ventures, a Seattle-based invention and patent company headed up by Nathan Myhrvold. Albert Lin is Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law. His special interests include environmental law, natural resources, and evidence. Dr. David Whelan is the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Chief Scientist and Vice President / General Manager, Deputy to the President of IDS Advanced Systems. Whelan has responsibility to create, seek out and explore new technology and business growth vectors for the Boeing Company.
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