The latest biennial meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Japan last December, closed with a de facto moratorium on geoengineering projects and experiments. As a result, any private or public experimentation or adventurism intended to manipulate the planetary thermostat will now be in violation of this landmark decision.

Geoengineering is the proposed large-scale manipulation of Earth’s oceans, soils and atmosphere with the intent of combating climate change. Geoengineering advocates have put forward a wide range of proposals to artificially modify these ecosystems ...


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