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Economist Films predicts that “solar geoengineering” will be a buzz phrase of 2018. If you haven’t heard of this fascinating, controversial technology, getAbstract suggests this short but balanced primer. Scientists, environmentalists and anyone invested in climate change will appreciate the film’s careful weighing of risks and benefits – a duly cautious approach to an experiment that would affect all life on Earth.

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  • How “solar geoengineering” works,
  • What stratospheric experiments geoengineers have planned for 2018 and
  • Why this research is controversial.
 

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Economist Films produces documentaries that investigate economic, social and political issues.

 

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As climate change warms Earth’s surface temperature, natural disasters are growing more frequent and intense. The insurance industry reports that these disasters have quadrupled over nearly 50 years. Political leaders continue to clash over global warming and whether or how to change human behavior. But some scientists are researching a solution that offers an alternative to modifying human activity. Geoengineering involves deliberately altering the climate, and in 2018, scientists will begin studying how to cool the Earth by depositing sunlight-deflecting materials in the stratosphere – a process called “...


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