Green Groups Blast U.N. Climate Panel for Alarmism

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via Forbes: Green Groups Blast U.N. Climate Panel for Alarmism

If you haven’t yet heard, hell froze over last week. Oddly enough, this is likely to be bad news for a warming planet.

Last Monday, more than 125 environmental groups sent a scathing letter to Rajendra Pachauri, the Nobel prize-winning head of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the institutional nerve center within the United Nations’ global-warming juggernaut.

The letter accused the IPCC of taking climate change ‘too’ seriously. In particular, the letter argued that the IPCC had no authority to sponsor a small meeting of climate scientists taking place tomorrow in Lima, Peru. The meeting will consider so-called “geo-engineering” options for responding to worst-case scenarios of catastrophic climate change.

By attacking the IPCC for responding to the risks of climate change too aggressively, the letter marks a major pivot in the politics of climate change, which have officially crossed into the twilight zone.

The meeting, which the IPCC organized, will evaluate the feasibility of so-called “geo-engineering” strategies to avoid or mitigate the adverse impacts of worst-case scenario climate change.

The term “geo-engineering” is a portmanteau used to describe two broad technical strategies “for the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment,” according to the 2009 report by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society.

The strategies are categorized into two main groups: Solar Radiation Management (SRM) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). The specific proposals in each category range from deploying massive mirrors in outer space to deflect sunlight from entering the earth’s atmosphere to burying prodigious amounts of biochar to increase the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered in soil.

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