The United Nations urged “developed” countries to freeze climate geo-engineering projects that are proven harmful to mankind and wildlife on planet Earth.
The UN suggests to impose a moratorium on “geo-engineering” projects such as artificial volcanoes and vast cloud-seeding schemes to fight climate change, green groups say, fearing they could harm nature and mankind.
The risks were too great because the impacts of manipulating nature on a vast scale were not fully known, scientists said at a major U.N. meeting in Japan aimed at combating increasing losses of plant and animal species.
Envoys from nearly 200 countries are gathered in Nagoya, Japan in 2010, to agree targets to fight the destruction of forests, rivers and coral reefs that provide resources and services central to livelihoods and economies.
A major cause for the rapid losses in nature is climate change, the United Nations says, raising the urgency for the world to do whatever it can to curb global warming and prevent extreme droughts, floods and rising sea levels.
Some countries regard geo-engineering projects costing billions of dollars as a way to control climate change by cutting the amount of sunlight hitting the earth or soaking up excess greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide.
It’s absolutely inappropriate for a handful of governments in industrialized countries to make a decision to try geo-engineering without the approval of all the world’s support.
At the moment, coal mines, batteries of electric vehicles and the aviation industry are the most worrisome polluters on our planet. Unfortunately the leading industries do not want to tackle these harmful businesses for obvious capitalist profit-based motivations.
The-environment experimentation or the deployment of any geo-engineering projects must be dealt with orderly until there is a consensus in the United Nations reached that this is okay for all of us living on planet Earth.
Some of the geo-engineering schemes proposed include:
* Ocean fertilization. Large areas are sprinkled with iron or other nutrients to artificially spur growth of phytoplankton, which soak up carbon dioxide. But this could trigger harmful algal blooms, soak up nutrients and kill fish and other animals.
* Spray seawater into the atmosphere to increase the reflectivity and condensation of clouds so they bounce more sunlight back into space.
* Placing trillions of tiny solar reflectors out in space to cut the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth.
* Artificial volcanoes. Tiny sulfate particles or other materials are released into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight, simulating the effect of a major volcanic eruption.
* Carbon capture and storage. Supported by a number of governments and involves capturing CO2 from power stations, refineries and natural gas wells and pumping it deep underground.
Environmentalists said geo-engineering went against the spirit of the Nagoya talks, which aims to set new targets for 2020 to protect nature, such as setting up more land and marine protected areas, cutting pollution and managing overfishing.
Improving nature conservation is what we should do in order to fight climate change, instead of trying to change nature. Therefore the so-called Paris Climate Agreements are a hoax as long as climate solutions do not include the extremely polluting aviation industry.
Half of the oxygen produced on planet Earth comes from the rain forests, while the other half comes from ocean plants, so the need to protect our blue and green planet has become very important at this stage in time for our future and history.
WWF / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.