Mitigating Global Warming Using Planetary Engineering
It is a strange time on Planet Earth. For the first time in humanity’s recorded history, we no longer can feel totally secure in Mother Nature’s “balmy nest.” There are simply too many of us, and we all desire to live well. As far as we know, humanity is the first terrestrial species with the technological power to alter Earth’s global environment in a measurable way. We seem to be in a tight fix of our own making. Can we do anything about it?
KeywordsGlobal Warming Aerosol Particle Algal Bloom Global Temperature Fossil Fuel Consumption
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