Climate & Geoengineering

Geoengineering is the intentional, large-scale technological manipulation of the Earth’s systems, often discussed as a techno-fix for combating climate change. Climate geoengineering technologies can be divided into three broad areas: so-called solar radiation management (reflecting sunlight to space), greenhouse gas removal and sequestration and weather modification.

Geoengineering can refer to a wide range of techniques, including: blasting sulphate particles into the stratosphere or 'whitening' clouds to reflect the sun’s rays; dumping iron particles in the oceans to nurture CO2 -absorbing plankton; firing silver iodide into clouds to produce rain or genetically engineering crops so their foliage can better reflect sunlight.

ETC Group opposes geoengineering and other false solutions to climate change (e.g., proprietary, genetically-engineered 'climate-ready' crops ) and supports peasant-led agroecological responses to the climate crisis.

News and Reports about Climate & Geoengineering

Civil society reiterates call for a ban on geoengineering 14 Mar 2019
“Sky River” on Tibetan Plateau is largest-ever weather modification project, tens of thousands of burning chambers planned 8 Nov 2018
Demand by 110 civil society organizations and popular movements 4 Oct 2018
Manifesto Against Geoengineering 3 Oct 2018
Open-air experiments defy global moratorium, could help lock in ‘big bad fix’ for climate 4 May 2018
The Case Against Climate Geoengineering 30 Nov 2017
Interactive map from ETC Group and Heinrich Boell Foundation shows growth of climate control efforts 9 Nov 2017
The Peasant Food Web vs. the Industrial Food Chain 15 Oct 2017