Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora's Box?

Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora's Box?

by Brian Launder, J. Michael T. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521198038

ISBN-13: 9780521198035

Pub. Date: 01/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

If anthropogenic carbon emissions continue unabated and global temperatures continue to rise, large-scale geo-engineering projects my prove our last hope for controlling the Earth's climate. This book is the first to present a detailed and critical appraisal of the geo-scale engineering interventions that have been proposed as potential measures to defeat the

Overview

If anthropogenic carbon emissions continue unabated and global temperatures continue to rise, large-scale geo-engineering projects my prove our last hope for controlling the Earth's climate. This book is the first to present a detailed and critical appraisal of the geo-scale engineering interventions that have been proposed as potential measures to defeat the devastation of run-way global warming.

Early chapters set the scene by presenting a historical and philosophical overview of global warming and by discussing projections of future Co2 emissions and techniques for predicting climate tipping points. Subsequent chapters then review proposals to limit Co2 concentrations through improved energy technologies, direct removal of Co2 from the atmosphere, and stimulation of enhanced Co2 uptake by the oceans. Schemes for solar radiation management involving the reflection of sunlight back into space and using artificially brightened, low-level marine stratus clouds and stratospheric aerosols are also described and assessed. With some technologies already at prototype-testing stage, the pros and cons of the various schemes are thoroughly examined - throwing light on the passionate public debate about their safety.

Written by a group of the world's leading authorities on the subject, this comprehensive reference is essential reading for researchers and government policy makers at Copenhagen and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521198035
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors vii

Preface xv

Part 1 Scene setting 1

1 Geo-engineering: could we or should we make it work? Stephen H. Schneider 3

2 Reframing the climate change challenge in light of post-2000 emission trends Kevin Anderson Alice Bows 27

3 Predicting climate tipping points Michael T. Thompson Jan Sieber 50

4 A geophysiologist's thoughts on geo-engineering James Lovelock 84

5 Coping with carbon: a near-term strategy to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power stations Paul Breeze 93

Part II Carbon dioxide reduction 105

6 Capturing Co2 from the atmosphere: rationale and process design considerations David W. Keith Kenton Heidel Robert Cherry 107

7 Carbon neutral hydrocarbons Frank S. Zeman David W. Keith 127

8 Ocean fertilization: a potential means of geo-engineering? R. S. Lampitt et al 149

9 The next generation of iron fertilization experiments in the Southern Ocean V. Smetacek S. W. A. Naqvi 181

Part III Solar radiation management 205

10 Global temperature stabilization via controlled albedo enhancement of low-level maritime clouds John Latham 207

11 Sea-going hardware for the cloud albedo method of reversing global warming Stephen Salter Graham Sortino John Latham 229

12 An overview of geo-engineering of climate using stratospheric sulphate aerosols Philip J. Rasch 250

13 Global and Arctic climate engineering: numerical model studies Ken Caldeira Lowell Wood 286

Index 307

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