Since We Last Spoke: Sunblock With Consequences - Pacific Standard

Since We Last Spoke: Sunblock With Consequences

Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
Author:
Publish date:
Sunset in Haida Gwaii: In the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: Mark Unrau/All Canada Photos/Corbis)

Sunset in Haida Gwaii: In the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: Mark Unrau/All Canada Photos/Corbis)

Russ George, profiled by Bruce Falconer in our May/June 2014 issue, gained notoriety for his attempt to replenish Canadian salmon stocks by seeding the ocean with iron. In late February, the National Academy of Sciences released a report examining the feasibility of another geoengineering scheme: releasing particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight. According to the study, it’s a potentially cheap method to forestall climate change, but comes with a high risk of unexpected consequences. Brad Plumer re-interpreted the academy’s point for Vox: “Geoengineering is an insane way to deal with climate change. Let’s consider it anyway.”

ps_break1.jpg

For more from Pacific Standard on the science of society, and to support our work, sign up for our email newsletter and subscribe to our bimonthly magazine, where this piece originally appeared. Digital editions are available in the App Store (iPad) and on Zinio (Android, iPad, PC/MAC, iPhone, and Win8), Amazon, and Google Play (Android).

Related