Climate engineering based on Indic philosophies

By Pankaj Jain
The Times of India
November 11, 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific body of the United Nations, mandated to study climate change, defines climate engineering as “deliberately altering the climate system to counter climate change. According to the scientific consensus, the only way to limit climate change is cleaning the toxic elements through climate engineering’s “negative emission” techniques that will remove carbon dioxide from the planet’s atmosphere (CDR) and will reduce the amount of sunlight reaching earth (SRM).

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) is about managing the air and earth, and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) is about managing the sun. CDR techniques involve removing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the ocean and land. The techniques include using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, using biochar charcoal for agricultural purposes, ocean fertilization, enhanced weathering, and direct air capture. On the other hand, SRM technologies include reflecting sunlight to control global warming and using solar energy for planetary sustenance. Various methods are employed to reflect sunlight, such as coating roofs with light colors, using reflective plastic sheets on deserts, pumping colder water to the arctic sea surfaces, spraying seawater in the atmosphere to increase the reflectivity of clouds, injecting aerosols into the stratosphere, and placing mirrors that orbit around the earth.

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