Opinion | The risk of planetary geoengineering
As much as we feel the need for an urgent solution to global warming, we would be wise to fully consider the consequences of any action we take at a global scale
In 1991, when Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, it spewed over 20 million tonnes of sulphur into the upper atmosphere. Shortly thereafter we began to witness a strange phenomenon. The sulphates in the stratosphere were acting as a sort of a sun visor, shielding the earth from the sun’s rays and reducing global temperatures by nearly half a degree Celsius by the end of the year.