Russia urges UN climate report to include geoengineering
The Russian government is asking for ‘planet hacking’ to be included in the climate science report, leaked documents show
Martin Lukacs, Suzanne Goldenberg and Adam Vaughan
The Guardian, Thursday 19 September 2013 17.00 BST
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Documents seen by the Guardian show Russia is asking for a conclusion of the report to recommend geoengineering. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Russia is pushing for next week’s landmark UN climate science report to include support for controversial technologies to geoengineer the planet’s climate, according to documents obtained by the Guardian.
As climate scientists prepare to gather for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Stockholm to present the most authoritative state of climate science to date, it has emerged the Russian government is asking for “planet hacking” to be included in the report. The IPCC has not included geoengineering in its major assessments before.
The documents seen by the Guardian show Russia is asking for a conclusion of the report to say that a “possible solution of this [climate change] problem can be found in using of [sic] geoengineering methods to stabilise current climate.” Russia also highlighted that its scientists are developing geoengineering technologies.
Geoengineering aims to cool the Earth by methods including spraying sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight, or fertilising the oceans with iron to create carbon-capturing algal blooms.
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