Geoengineering and the Fight against Climate Change
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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything; and when people repeat that witticism, they make it sound as though someone should. Now, someone may. Geoengineering. Guest host Alex Chadwick explores whether we could use technology to alter the atmosphere and cool the warming planet. What could go wrong with that? There are scientists who think we should start trying to research exactly these questions. Also, as Greek talks falter, the Eurozone's future is uncertain. On Reporter's Notebook, the fallout after JP Morgan's $2 billion loss.
Banner image: Buildings in Surfside, seen through an underwater camera in the ocean as reports indicate that Florida's Miami-Dade County could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
As Greek Talks Falter, Eurozone Future Uncertain ()
There have been recent elections in France, Germany and Greece, key countries in the ongoing Euro debt crisis, but it doesn't look any closer to a resolution. In Greece, there were developments over the weekend as various parties from the national elections a week ago try to assemble a government. Peter Speigel is Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.
Franken-clouds on the Horizon? ()
As another international climate conference begins in Bonn, Germany, today, the world continues to warm and the human role grows ever more clear, as does the inability to reach meaningful agreements to slow emissions. One possible solution is scientists altering the atmosphere and cooling the planet with technology. But would that be the good news or the bad news? Some environmentalists say a geoengineering 'fix' might be worse than doing nothing. We're already messing with the atmosphere, and it hasn't worked out very well. Even research advocates seem afraid of the idea. But things are very likely going to get worse, and a 'Plan B' might look a lot better a couple of decades from now. We should start testing ideas now.
- Michael Specter: New Yorker magazine, @specterm
- Ken Caldeira: Stanford University, @KenCaldeira
- Pat Mooney: ETC Group
- David Archer: University of Chicago
- Maggie Koerth-Baker: Boing Boing, @maggiekb1
Fallout after JP Morgan's $2 Billion Loss ()
One of Wall Street's most powerful women, Ina Drew, resigned as chief investment officer at JP Morgan Chase today, taking responsibility for the firm's $2 billion loss. Yesterday, CEO Jamie Dimon told Meet the Press, "We think Dodd Frank, which we supported parts of, gave the FDIC the authority to take down a big bank. And when it happens,…the board should be fired, the equity should be wiped out, the bank should be dismantled and the name should be buried in disgrace….This is a very unfortunate and inopportune time to have had this." Reporter Ezra Klein writes the Wonkblog at the Washington Post.
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