Playing God With Planet Earth
Scientists are experimenting with radical schemes to cool the planet. Will these experiments save us or be a form of technological suicide?
In the documentary “Playing God With Planet Earth“, it becomes even more evident that geoengineering simply will not work as a tool to favorably manipulate the climate as some mad scientists claim they can do. The reason is simple: unlike laboratory conditions, nature, including the climate system, is unpredictable.
Today, scientists cannot tell with any degree of certainty what will the results be if they are allowed to manipulate clouds, rainfall, solar radiation or any other component of our climate system. Furthermore, attempting to engineer the climate, to supposedly save us all from doomsday, may indeed become the most brutal punishment for the poorest of the people in the poorest nations, who scientists and demagogues claim will be the beneficiaries of their salvation plans.
Should geoengineering go wrong, and there are no signs that it won’t, only wealthy nations would have the resources to attempt to mitigate the consequences of a climate system that would be tipped out of control by spraying sulfur in the atmosphere, sequestering CO2 and injecting it into the ground, planting millions of genetically engineered trees or blocking solar radiation.
Any type of weather manipulation, both in the short and long term will have unintended consequences, and the problem is, no one knows what those consequences will be. Some cynics suggest that it is better to try to do something about ‘global warming’, even though there has been no warming in at least a decade, and that if we disturb the climate to a point where the damage is irreversible or out of control, it would be fine because humanity would have done so anyways.
That is a very convenient stance to take, since most of the cynics and the mad scientists who are pushing planetary geoengineering will not be around when the planet responds to what some humans call ‘playing god with planet earth’.