Climate Tools Seek To Bend Nature S Pat

Topics: Carbon dioxide, Global warming, Volcano Pages: 2 (587 words) Published: December 3, 2014
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November 12, 14

Article dated November 9, 2014 from The New York Times (online): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/science/earth/climate-tools-seek-to-bend-natures-path.html Accessed November 12, 14
Climate tools seek to bend nature’s path
Dr. Schuiling, a retired geochemist from Netherland, has proposed a new solution of global warming by making the use of olivine, a green-tinted mineral found in abundance around the world, which could absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when they are exposed to the air. Dr. Schuiling advocates to spread the olivine on fields and beaches and using it for dikes, pathways, even sandboxes so that humans can utilize it to slow down the rise in global temperature.

Such idea for countering the global warming is an example of geoengineering solutions since they seek to manipulate the nature. Serious discussion about the practicality and rationality about them has been undertaken and they’re considered controversial. Some people argue that the geoengineering solutions are impractical because it works too slowly and is time-consuming and undertaking them on a global scale seems to be impossible. However, Dr. Schuiling argues that industry extracts and transports huge quantities of coal, oil and gas and if society decided that geoengineering was necessary, it’s possible to do the same with olivine. Also, he believes small things could make a big difference.

Besides the olivine, there is another example of utilizing the geoengineering, which is mimicking the volcano. The volcanic eruption will release quantities of sulfur dioxide and the gas quickly formed tiny droplets of sulfuric acid, which acted like minuscule mirrors and reflected some of the sun’s rays back into space. Based on this situation, there is one another geoengineering approach to reduce global warming is to mimic the volcanic action by spraying sulfuric acid droplets into the stratosphere. But this approach is...

References: Henry Fountain. “Climate tools seek to bend nature’s path” The New York Times. November 9, 2014. Web. .
Mark Lander. “U.S. and China reach climate accord after months of talks” The New York Times. November 11, 2014. Web.
< http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html>.
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