Observing the potentially dangerous impacts of the global warming and climatic degradation on the planet in coming decades, a scientific panel on Tuesday voiced for more extensive research work on advanced technology called geoengineering, which deliberately intercede in the nature to check the climate change.
The government-sponsored panel pointed towards a range of research work in the field of geoengineering, including outdoor experiments on small-scale.
Batting for more research into geoengineering, the panel said, “It may be prudent to examine additional options for limiting the risks from climate change.”
Many scientists hailed the call for small-scale experiments in outdoor destinations, saying they are highly required in order to have a better understanding of the technique of geoengineering, its working and use. However, there were some environmental groups and scientists who stood in against of such projects saying they could impose unintended damaging effects on the environment, setting society on an unlimited path to the technology deployment on full-scale.
The National Academy of Sciences committee, however, said that such experiments are expected to pose no significant environmental or other risks with proper governance and other safeguard measures. The panel admitted that governance is needed to be developed.
“The committee felt that the need for information at this point outweighs the need for shoving this topic under the rug,” Marcia K. McNutt, chairperson of the committee said at a news conference in Washington.
McNutt is the editor in chief of the journal Science.
The panel presented two highly anticipated reports, noting that a drastic reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, is the best way to lessen the adverse effects of global warming and climate change on the planet.
US space agency NASA and other federal agencies, including the “American intelligence community”– as described in the reports–, backed the panel.