Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kleiman on Schelling on Solar Radiation Management

Over at The Reality-Based Community (here), Mark Kleiman reports on a conversation he recently had with Tom Schelling on the prospects for a geoengineering solution, specifically solar radiation management (SRM), to climate change. Mark's report is consistent with a conversation I myself had with Tom at dinner a couple of weeks ago (during a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy conference in Cambridge, Mass.). Tom believes that mitigation efforts will not accomplish enough in the next two to three decades to avoid significant climate change, and that SRM will likely be deployed, at least as a temporary stop-gap measure to minimize increases in global mean temperatures.

Geoengineering remains a dirty word in the minds of some environmentalists, but I have generally found that the expected value of disagreeing with Tom Schelling approximates zero.

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  1. Cyclingprof and his readers should check out this new book:
    Tim Flannery (2010), Here on Earth, ISBN 9781921656668 Text Publishing
    erudite but clear writing (Flannery quotes Adam Smith among others), interesting insights & a message of hope for the superorganism of which we are part

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