European Researchers Warn the World of the Dangers of Climate Engineering

By Derrick Broze

In a new report, a team of 14 different organizations in Germany, the U.K., Norway, France, and Austria concluded that efforts to geoengineer the climate are not without risk and not a substitute for reducing greenhouse emissions.

The project “European Trans-disciplinary Assessment of Climate Engineering” (EuTRACE) released their report, titled “Removing Greenhouse Gases from the Atmosphere and Reflecting Sunlight away from Earth,” which describes the limits and dangers of climate engineering schemes. Various methods for fighting climate change have been proposed, including controversial methods like Solar Radiation Management (SRM), which proposes spraying aerosols from planes in order to reflect sunlight.

EuTRACE was formed to provide a European perspective from scientific and non-expert stakeholders ranging from the natural sciences and engineering to social sciences and the humanities.

“It is not yet clear whether it is possible to develop and scale-up any proposed climate engineering technique to the extent that it could be implemented to significantly reduce climate change,” said Naomi Vaughan of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

The report warns that nations should not rely on untested geoengineering methods.

“It is important to understand the possibilities and problems associated with climate engineering proposals, in order to make decisions on them in a responsible manner,” said Mark Lawrence, the project’s coordinator and scientific director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. “But it would be irresponsible, based on all we know so far, to expect climate engineering to significantly contribute to solving the problem of climate change in the next several decades.”

One of the many dangers of manipulating the weather is the loss of blue skies. According to a report by the New Scientist, Ben Kravitz of the Carnegie Institution for Science has shown that releasing sulphate aerosols high in the atmosphere scatters sunlight. He says this could decrease the amount of sunlight that hits the ground by 20%, making the sky appear more hazy.

The controversy around geoengineering has grown in recent years as more people ask whether or not climate engineering programs are already active. Most people who raise these questions are written off as conspiracy theorists by the corporate media. It is highly imperative to research the dangers of geoengineering and consider the possibility that the U.S. (and other nations) may already be participating in live geoengineering schemes without informing the public or the global community. Whether to combat climate change—or use as a weapon—altering the weather could have disastrous ramifications.

Believe it or not, the United States government has a history of weather modification. In a 1996 document entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather by 2025,” the U.S. Air Force discussed a number of proposals for using weather as a weapon. The Environmental Modification Treaty was signed by the United States and other nations to halt global weather modification.

But the government did not simply research these ideas. It actually implemented them. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. government operated covert weather modification programs under Operation Popeye. The government does not only experiment with technology in foreign countries—it likes to try it at home, as well. In 2012, it was revealed that the U.S. Army sprayed toxic chemicals over the skies of St. Louis without informing the public.

It’s also now known that the government is currently practicing another form of geoengineering known as cloud-seeding. This practice is done in an attempt to cause rainfall and snow in drought-stricken areas or cause artificial precipitation in typically dry places. In fact, as AccuWeather reports, six test sites in the U.S. are being used now to employ drones to conduct the cloud-seeding process.

Geoengineering and specifically, Solar Radiation Management, have increasingly been in the news as the global community looks for solutions to a host of environmental issues, including climate change. Another international committee of scientists released a report stating that using geoengineering techniques to combat the effects of climate change is not a viable alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The committee report called for further research and understanding of various geoengineering techniques—including carbon dioxide removal schemes and SRM—before implementation. The scientists found that SRM techniques are likely to present “serious known and possible unknown environmental, social, and political risks, including the possibility of being deployed unilaterally.”

While speaking at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, Professor Alan Robock offered a warning on geoengineering. Robock discussed the possibility that the Central Intelligence Agency is using the weather as a weapon of war. Robock has done research for the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in the past.

Robock stated he was phoned by two men claiming to be from the CIA, asking whether or not it was possible for hostile governments to use geoengineering—or mass manipulation of the weather—against the United States.

Robock noted that, “The CIA was a major funder of the National Academies report so that makes me really worried who is going to be in control.” The National Academy of Sciences report examined the effects and possibility of geoengineering to combat climate change. The report was also funded by NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

What do you think? Is the government using geoengineering in a misguided attempt to save the world? Is it more sinister? Or is the whole thing a distraction? Leave your thoughts below.

Want to know more? Check out “Renowned Climate Scientist Fears the CIA Could Use the Weather as a War Weapon” for a Background on geoengineering.

Derrick Broze writes for Image credit: Owen Byrne. Tune in! The Anti-Media radio show airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Help us fix our typos:

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7 Comments on "European Researchers Warn the World of the Dangers of Climate Engineering"

  1. colinjames71 | July 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm | Reply

    What do I think? I think I have video from my phone showing a jet going back and forth for hours, releasing a trail that persisted, grew into clouds and turned a bright blue sunny, cloudless day into a hazy/cloudy mess. This is from Olympia, WA, started the filming at about 10am and by 2pm the job was done. I took about five 2/3 min videos over the course of that time. I’ve read the PNW is an area of heavy spraying, this wasn’t the first or last time I saw this happen, that’s for sure.

    AS for this report… Great, they advise caution. But ocean iron fertilization is “sensible” too investigate? F*ck that. Sounds to me like this report is an attempt to lay the groundwork for “sensible” and “responsible” testing, since it’s not an all out call to NOT mess with mother nature via geoengineering. Like an astroturf kinda thing. The right word is escaping me. Thing is, if you start with the premise that AGW is a real thing, you’re discredited from the start imo.

  2. Richard wilcox | July 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Reply

    Here in Tokyo we have been having a very typical, very hot summer. Yesterday was clear skies but then the chemtrails they lay down in the adjacent prefecture, Tochigi, blew in over the skies. I saw a couple clear chemtrails as well. Chemtrails in Japan. Yep.

    The idea that CO2 is the cause of global warming is refuted in a brilliant documentary called The Great Global Warming Swindle. It is also refuted by the fact that an idiot like Al Gore represents the issue, and we know him to be a big fat liar and sack of Something!

    – Richard Wilcox, Reporting from Tokyo

  3. Frances McCandless | July 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm | Reply

    Since some of this weather war has been going on since the 60’s in other parts of the world and they have been doing it over the US since the late nineties. Are they now going to admit that they are trying to correct the damage that they have done?

    • VoiceInTheWilderness | July 26, 2015 at 6:00 am | Reply

      How much do you think their lives would be worth if the truth ever got out? I would imagine that even being caught considering coming forward would be an instant death sentence.

      Pandora’s Box has been open for quite some time now. As I understand it, there are 72 ionospheric heaters like HAARP positioned all over the globe. This goes WELL beyond the United States. It is a global conspiracy. That pretty much shoots the “accidental” theory in the forehead.

  4. VoiceInTheWilderness | July 26, 2015 at 5:51 am | Reply

    To suggest that climate engineering operations are anything OTHER than an Empirical fact is simply insulting the intelligence of everyone with half a brain and one eye. It is a daily occurrence over the skies of Washington D.C.

    The only REAL question is one of motivation…and given the fact that those responsible for it are so clandestinely secretive about it, one can only conclude that their intentions are nefarious.

    In the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “They’ll ruin the air that you breathe, Lord have mercy! They’re going to ruin us ALL by and by. I’m tellin’ all of you beware. I don’t think they really care. I think they just sit up there and just get high!”

  5. Chemtrails are so common in the United States that few people even remember what normal contrails look like. If the ruling psychopaths are willing to poison our water with toxic fluoride waste products, and poison our food with harmful chemicals and genetic manipulation, why wouldn’t they spray us with poison from the air as well? Heck, some runaway nuclear reactor meltdowns that can’t be controlled might be a dandy idea as well!

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