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Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming?

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

San Diego, United States

Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming?

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This is the first of 3 programs scheduled on the topic of geo-engineering.

The series is titled:

THE ETHICS OF COOLING THE PLANET THROUGH GEO-ENGINEERING

Cooling aerosol particles create a fog over a lake. [CREDIT: RAP.UCAR.EDU]

Cooling aerosol particles create a fog over a lake.

[CREDIT: RAP.UCAR.EDU]

Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming?

A recent report of the National Academy of Sciences finds that,   “A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, it is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.” The average Earth temperature has already risen 1.4° F since pre-industrial times and, if climate change is not abated, it is expected to rise an additional 2 to 11.5 º F this century. Fears of the possible catastrophic consequences of such a rise have lead some people to propose that we prepare to intentionally cool the planet, not by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but by geo-engineering schemes, such as seeding the oceans with carbon chomping algae and releasing sun blocking aerosols into the atmosphere.

Guest speaker:

Lynn Russell
Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Moderator:

Darrel Moellendorf
San Diego State University

 

Please visit our website for more information

http://www.ethicscenter.net/event/will-aerosol-particles-prevent-global-warming

       

This series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University
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Community Forum
1875 El Prado
San Diego, 92101

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)


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The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

The mission of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding, and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. To carry out its mission, the Center promotes more informed policy development and ethical decision-making on the part of individuals and institutions through education, outreach, and scholarly forums.

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