Geoengineering: Research is Prudent, But No Substitute for Carbon Pollution Cuts

WASHINGTON (February 10, 2015) -- The National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, today released a report on hypothetical technological fixes that might lessen some of the dangerous impacts of climate change.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“There’s absolutely no substitute for slashing fossil fuel emissions in order to prevent catastrophic disruption of the Earth’s climate. But it’s prudent to do research into geoengineering because, for instance, improved carbon dioxide-removal techniques could help reduce such dangerous pollution. We also need research because manipulating solar radiation is risky and we must increase our understanding of those risks.”


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