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.

Researcher untangles a orange and white scientific balloon in a field from 2017
ETC Group welcomes the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)’s decision to stop the solar geoengineering balloon test flight 1 Apr 2021
ETC Podcast talks to Tom Goldtooth 11 Nov 2020
Interview with Silvia Ribeiro 19 Oct 2020
Aerial photograph of tar sands fields in Canada
Bill Gates’ fossil fuel interests and funding for global climate engineering 14 Oct 2020
High-risk geoengineering projects are proceeding in violation of UN moratoria 9 Jun 2020
Experiment defies 193-country UN moratorium 11 May 2020
Gopal Dayaneni on the pandemic, geoengineering and the meaning of urgency 6 May 2020
Collective Convergence for Just Solutions and Against Geoengineering 3 Dec 2019
Leaked documents reveal ISO's geoengineering plans 19 Sep 2019