Geoengineering – Engineering an All Purpose Political Smokescreen?

There’s nothing like the mention of Geoengineering to get environmental groups even madder than putting a wasps nest down their trousers and beating them with a cricket bat, and for good reason. The idea that we could do something about climate change that didn’t involve re-engineering the political system would mean that we don’t have to live in caves, grow …

It’s Up To Scientists To Save The World, Not Politicians – Or Maybe The Cat In The Hat

The vehemence with which Nigel Lawson has been attacked following todays article in the Wall Street Journal is hardly surprising, but I found the attacks from the scientific community surprisingly short sighted and naive. The thrust of Lawson’s article, that adaptation may be a better strategy than the futile search for a global agreement has enraged many, but the human …

All I Want For Christmas Is A Return On My Investment

An early Christmas present? A late Eid or Diwali one? Our latest white paper looks at investing in emerging technologies from a variety of perspectives. At Cientifica we have been working with emerging technologies for fifteen years, whether developing field emission displays in the mid 90’s, or advising governments, companies and the World Economic Forum in recent years. Over this …

Hopping Mad of Halifax

Convincing the sceptical public of anything seems a daunting task – the Sunday Times article on geoengineering prompted a number of comments, some just downright odd, but my favourite has to be I’ll be writing to The Royal Society asking if they’ll exclude Halifax in this business as I’ve hardly been warm all summer and I’ve filled my hot water …

Climate Change – Optimists vs Pessimists

It is interesting to see former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair extolling the virtues of technology as a solution to climate change at the weekend, and I had my own Damascene conversion to this earlier in the year. The argument really comes down to two choices. Choice one is a politically driven green future that winds the clock back  few hundred …

Losing Control of Geoengineering

The New York Times seems to be going to town with Geoengineering with an article Pressing the Case for Geoengineering yesterday and a column on Building a Better Biosphere? today. Yesterdays article illustrates the worries that the eco lobby have over engineering solutions for climate change, and I recently heard the same line from Greenpeace. Francelino Grando, a senior government …

Geoengineering: More Political and Moral Than Scientific?

I spent yesterday evening at a rather interesting, and slightly peculiar, debate on geoengineering between David Keith of the University of Calgary and Paul Johnston on Greenpeace. The debate revolved around whether geoengineering could be useful as an approach to addressing climate change, and whether it is just too radical an idea to be even considered. Geoengineering isn’t anything new, …

Time For A New Green Agenda?

Yesterday’s meeting started me thinking about why, despite some NGO finding another potential climate related catastrophe almost every day, there is a feeling of frustration and a lack of progress. It looks to be the fault of the Green movement itself. If we take a look at the history of the environmental movement, most if it sprang from the anti …