The Spring 2017 Issues in Science and Technology features a special editorial package on climate engineering. The authors of these three articles believe that the seriousness of the risks posed by a warming climate means that it’s time to take a hard look at all available options for addressing the problem, including directly intervening in the climate.
- Philosophers and scientists have long struggled to get the relationship between science and politics just right. The balance of opinion suggests that the two should periodically interact for mutual benefit but otherwise… Read More
- Know your enemy, Sun Tzu reminds us in The Art of War. Science is in a war, but not the one many think. To avoid costly mistakes, scientists and those who support… Read More
- In 2010, two researchers at Cornell University hooked up a double pendulum system to a machine learning algorithm, instructing it to seek patterns in the seemingly random data emerging from the movements… Read More
- The physical problem underlying climate change is very simple: dumping carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases into the air raises their concentrations in the atmosphere and causes gradual warming. In the several… Read More
- A critical scientific effort that almost didn’t happen illustrates the need for a rigorous but flexible process to evaluate large-scale transformative research proposals. There are very few scientific endeavors that can be… Read More
- A systems approach begins with limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate disruptions, while researching the feasibility and governability of geoengineering. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest… Read More
- We need only compare our standards of living with those of a few generations ago, when vaccines or air travel were not widely accessible, to obtain a sense of how much the… Read More
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A forward-looking group of colleges and universities are demonstrating effective ways to educate underrepresented minorities for careers in science and engineering.
- The idea that bats could be responsible for the transmission of newly emerging and potentially deadly infectious diseases to humans began to take hold in 2002 with the discovery of a new… Read More
- A combination of greenhouse-gas emission cuts and solar geoengineering could keep temperatures under the 1.5-degree aspirational target of the recent Paris Agreement. It could make the world cooler at the century’s end… Read More
- Enrico Fermi ranks among the twentieth century’s most famous physicists. He is known to the public for creating the world’s first nuclear reactor, and to fellow scientists for experiments revealing mysteries as… Read More
- It is hard to believe that only four and a half years ago, the New York Times proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC.” What a difference a day makes. Three of… Read More