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The Truth About Geoengineering

With predictions about climate change growing direr every week, geoengineering (which includes everything from fertilizing the oceans in an attempt to cajole great blooms of carbon-sucking phytoplankton to spraying particles into the upper atmosphere to make the earth more reflective) is starting to look more attractive. But the science still lags behind the ambitions. To understand how such schemes would work in practice — and what their consequences would be — it is time to start small-scale field tests.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Wild Weather Doesn’t Have to Cause a Malthusian Nightmare

Almost 1 billion people around the world don’t get enough to eat. Climate change, which is already contributing to food-price increases in poor and prosperous countries alike, promises to make it even harder to feed a growing population.

The world produces enough food to provide its 7 billion people with the roughly 2,700 calories they need daily. But agriculture and food supplies are highly vulnerable to the extreme weather that comes with climate change. As the population grows — it might reach 10 billion by 2050 — the world will need to boost farm productivity and solve logistical impediments that make it hard to get food to those who need it.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Playing God

How serious is the threat of global warming? One way to figure out is to take your cues from some leading climate scientists: They have moved on. That doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned the issue, but they are looking beyond what all agree is the most obvious solution — decreasing the amount of carbon we spew into the atmosphere in the first place.

These scientists are beginning to look for a Plan B. There are two distinct approaches under consideration — sucking carbon out of the atmosphere, or creating an artificial sun shield for the planet. The former, which involves reversing some of the very processes that are leading to the climate problem, is expensive. The latter just sounds scary. David Keith, a leading thinker on geoengineering, calls it “chemotherapy” for the planet. “You are repulsed?” he says. “Good. No one should like it. It’s a terrible option.”

Old Wine in India’s New Antigraft Bottle

In terms of symbolism, Arvind Kejriwal could scarcely have chosen a better date to found a new political party dedicated to ending corruption in India. On Oct. 2, the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the 44-year-old activist announced to a gaggle of followers and a battery of cameras, “We declare that from today this country’s public is jumping into electoral politics. Corruptors, you start counting your days!”

The as-yet unnamed party marks a milestone in the evolution of India‘s recent antigraft movement. These activists burst into national and international consciousness 14 months ago when the movement’s iconic leader Anna Hazare went on a hunger strike to force the government to create a powerful new anti-corruption ombudsman.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

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