Gore - Geo-engineeringFriday 17th January 2014
This week, Al Gore said using geo-engineering to combat climate change would be "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme.”
The draft of the new report seen by Reuters from the UN climate panel will warn that governments may have to extract from the air massive amounts of greenhouse gases by 2100 to reduce the impact of climate change.
Gore added that instant, easy solutions were desperate mis-guidance that would bring about a bigger catastrophe.
"The idea that we can put a different form of pollution into the atmosphere to cancel out the effects of global warming pollution is utterly insane.
"The fact that some scientists who should know better are actually engaged in serious discussions of those alternatives is a mark of how desperate some of them are feeling due to the paralysis in the global political system,” Gore told a conference call for South African reporters.
"The most discussed so-called geo-engineering proposals – like putting sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere to reflect incoming sunlight – that's just insane. Let's just describe that clearly – it is utterly mad," Gore told the conference.
He warned that such large and untested experiments carried enormous risks while "doing nothing to address other consequences of climate change such as ocean acidification.
"We are already engaged in a planet-wide experiment with consequences we can already tell are unpleasant for the future of humanity. So the hubris involved in thinking we can come up with a second planet-wide experiment that would exactly counteract the first experiment is delusional in the extreme.
"I do believe that it may be possible for scientists and researchers to develop a better and more inherently safer and cheaper form of nuclear reactor, which may yet play a significant role in resolving this crisis," he told the call. But he added: "It is not available now."
Friday 17th January 2014