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Main Title Climate Intervention : reflecting sunlight to cool Earth /
Publisher National Academy Press,
Year Published 2015
OCLC Number 904290173
ISBN 9780309314824; 0309314828
Subjects Environmental geotechnology. ; Global warming. ; Climatic changes.
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  TD171.9.C55 2015 prepublication copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 09/09/2016
ELBM  TD171.9.C656 2015 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 09/12/2016
ERAM  TD171.9.C656 2015 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/24/2015
Collation xv, 244 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-213).
Contents Notes "The growing problem of changing environmental conditions caused by climate destabilization is well recognized as one of the defining issues of our time. The root problem is greenhouse gas emissions, and the fundamental solution is curbing those emissions. Climate geoengineering has often been considered to be a "last-ditch" response to climate change, to be used only if climate change damage should produce extreme hardship. Although the likelihood of eventually needing to resort to these efforts grows with every year of inaction on emissions control, there is a lack of information on these ways of potentially intervening in the climate system. As one of a two-book report, this volume of Climate Intervention discusses albedo modification - changing the fraction of incoming solar radiation that reaches the surface. This approach would deliberately modify the energy budget of Earth to produce a cooling designed to compensate for some of the effects of warming associated with greenhouse gas increases. The prospect of large-scale albedo modification raises political and governance issues at national and global levels, as well as ethical concerns. Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth discusses some of the social, political, and legal issues surrounding these proposed techniques. It is far easier to modify Earth's albedo than to determine whether it should be done or what the consequences might be of such an action. One serious concern is that such an action could be unilaterally undertaken by a small nation or smaller entity for its own benefit without international sanction and regardless of international consequences. Transparency in discussing this subject is critical. In the spirit of that transparency, Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth was based on peer-reviewed literature and the judgments of the authoring committee; no new research was done as part of this study and all data and information used are from entirely open sources. By helping to bring light to this topic area, this book will help leaders to be far more knowledgeable about the consequences of albedo modification approaches before they face a decision whether or not to use them."--Publisher's description. Introduction -- Climate intervention by modifying Earth's Albedo -- Technical analysis of possible Albedo modification techniques -- Governance of research and other sociopolitical considerations -- Way forward -- Appendixes : A. Statement of task for the committee -- B. Committee biographies -- C. Planned weather modification -- D. Volcanic eruptions as analogues for Albedo modification -- E. Discussion of feasibility of Albedo modification technologies -- F. Acronyms and abbreviations.
Place Published Washington, D.C.
Corporate Au Added Ent National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Earth and Life Studies,; National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate,; National Research Council (U.S.). Ocean Studies Board,
Alternate Title Reflecting sunlight to cool Earth
PUB Date Free Form ©2015
BIB Level m
Medium unmediated
Content text
Carrier volume
Cataloging Source RDA
LCCN 2015938939
Merged OCLC records 907097112
OCLC Time Stamp 20151014102815
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 04998cam 2200505Ii 45020