he news seemed tailor-made to drive conspiracy theorists and members of the tinfoil hat club into a frenzy. In July, the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that the CIA is helping to underwrite a yearlong study examining atmospheric geoengineering – deliberate, planetary-scale manipulation of the climate to counteract global warming…Yet the very prospect of some last-minute, civilization-saving contraption could make us more cavalier about wrecking the climate. "It might be tempting to do [geoengineering] rather than the harder work of [greenhouse gas] mitigation," says Alan Robock, a Rutgers environmental sciences professor who received a National Science Foundation grant to plumb the political and ethical implications of geoengineering. "If you tried to do it without mitigation, it would be a disaster."
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