Harvard researchers want to begin solar geoengineering - Injecting light reflecting aerosols into the stratosphere

12/23/2016 - 16:36

Leah Burrows | Image: HUCE

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases alone is not enough to remove the risk.

Last year’s historic Paris climate agreement set the goal of keeping global temperatures no higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Emission reductions will be central to achieving that goal, but supplemental efforts can further reduce risks.

One drastic idea is solar geoengineering — injecting light-reflecting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere to cool the planet.