The Greenhouse Effect and Geoengineering
6 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2012 Last revised: 17 Jul 2014
Date Written: January 27, 2012
This paper explores the greenhouse effect and the measures being used such as geoengineering to reduce the heat and curtail radiation. The greenhouse effect has endangered ecosystems causing atmospheric and climatic changes resulting in devastation globally; drought, floods, melting glaciers, disease and death. (Choi, 2011; Biello, 2009 & 2010) This has caused alarm throughout the global community alarm to enter into a treaty to sustain the ecosystem and curtail greenhouse gases from CO2 / carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. (Biello, 2009) Geo-engineering has been the most successful tool used to control global warming; however, the unintended consequence can have a negative environmental impact resulting in drought, flooding, severe storms and monsoons. The advantages gained by preserving the ecosystem will reduce smog, reduce the more than 700K premature deaths, drought, and yield high crop productions making the long term investment in containment very important. (Biello, 2009) As with all new technology there is a chance of environmental impact and charlatans using the technology in a dark way; however, as with all new inventions there are risks.
Keywords: greenhouse effect, geoengineering, criegee, biradicals, carbon monoxide, smog, nuclear winter
JEL Classification: I10, Q20, Q25, 030, N5
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