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Effects of geoengineering must be urgently investigated, experts say

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Richard Spinrad, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), emphasizes the urgent need to understand the impacts of climate geoengineering techniques
• With the technology likely to play a role in combating global warming, investigations into its effects, particularly on oceans, are crucial

🔭 The context: NOAA is exploring geoengineering methods like ocean iron fertilization and spraying water into clouds to enhance carbon dioxide absorption and solar radiation reflection
• These initiatives aim to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, including ocean acidification and global warming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Geoengineering presents a potential solution to climate change but raises concerns about its impacts on ecosystems
• Understanding these effects is vital to ensure that efforts to reduce global warming do not inadvertently harm the environment

⏭️ What's next: NOAA's research focuses on marine carbon dioxide removal and the potential shutdown of Gulf Stream currents, which could have catastrophic effects
• Continuous observation and modeling over the next few years are essential to predict these outcomes and support decision-making

💬 One quote: "My own belief is that we need to get a better understanding of what the impacts are. I suspect some aspects of geoengineering are going to be an important component of the solution to reducing global warming." - Richard Spinrad, NOAA Administrator.

📈 One stat: NOAA received $6bn under Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, highlighting the significant investment in understanding and combating climate change effects.

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