The concept of Geoengineering - a deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s climate system to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming - has faced considerable scepticism in the 50-60 years since its introduction.
This is hardly unexpected; many find the notion of employing human, technological intervention to solve issues that were, in the first place, caused by human intervention and technology, somewhat oxymoronic.
However, as the effects of climate change become increasingly measurable and catastrophic, and scientists continue to voice their support of the idea, it may be in our best interests to shelve natural human scepticism and give the possibilities of geoengineering reasonable consideration.
This is the credo of Otago University student Grace Cowley, who’s presentation at this year’s Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards looked at how practises like solar radiation management and ocean fertilisation could be of significant aid in the battle against rising global temperatures.
Watch Grace’s presentation here.