climate engineering

Came across this the other day.

Climate engineering may happen but it seems like the energies available to control the weather/climate is not nearly enough (not even the same magnitude) to make this a stable plant. Frankly it seems like a bad idea at this stage of technological development. On the other hand, it is a valid point to say that the climate is already being engineered anyway (more and more) just by the very fact that we take input and commit output to the system. It doesn’t much matter that we still don’t know what we’ve been doing.

In this sense, I think the entire argument about whether global warming is happening or not or is the model believable or not or is it actually global cooling is beside the point. The actual effect doesn’t matter as much as the fact that we’re engineering any system beyond our capability to understand it, much less to control it. One day there may be a way to engineer the climate in a controllable, stable fashion. Before that, it is prudent to be paranoid about the inputs driving the system unless there is proof that said inputs do not drive one of the unstable modes of the system.


  1. May 15th, 2011 | 4:13

    Perhaps we need to take a retrograde step. Lets consider the simple fundamentals. The earth undoubtedly had an ice age. We no longer have an ice age (to that extent). Thus to melt the glaciers we MUST have had to have had INTENSE global warming – BEFORE WE WALKED THE EARTH, before our influence. There is a plethora of astronomical influences that could account for the effect we are feeling. It’s not that is not happening, it is just that we are not the primal force.

    Very best of British luck to you.

    Really like the minimalist appearance of your website, by the bye. In the famous words of our endearing Arnie, “I’ll be back” (if you’ll have me)

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