Geoengineering – Pollution to save the world

December 18, 2007 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

I’m not sure how many of you have heard of James Lovelock, but he’s the scientist who invented the electron capture detector (ECD) back in the 50’s and also proposed the Gaia Theory in the 70’s. I recently read an interview with him by Rolling Stone (I know; I would never read it otherwise; its trash) and a lot of his ideas were intriguing to me, and I highly suggest you look into who he is. Anyway, reading about him online sent me on a linking frenzy and I came across an article in Nature about Paul Crutzen, an atmospheric chemist who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for ozone layer research, who is proposing that we seed the air with sulphur to enhance the earth’s albeido (no, not libido!). Crutzen has also found that the nitrogen required to grow biofuel feedstocks, such as corn (ethanol) and canola (biodiesel) is liberated as N20, a really bad greenhouse gas, which makes it just as bad as burning fossil fuels. I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks about Geoengineering as a whole at our next meeting.

Jordan

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