Planned Harvard balloon test in Sweden stirs solar geoengineering unease

Article highlighting concerns with planned geo-engineering test in Kiruna, Northern Sweden by the Harvard-based SCoPEx project. Quotes by Niclas Hällström, WhatNext?

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This Thomson Reuters article was featured a few days after the announcement by Harvard of their plans for Sweden, and includes a several critical voices.

Quotes by Niclas Hällström, WhatNext?:

“There is no merit in this test except to enable the next step. You can’t test the trigger of a bomb and say ‘This can’t possibly do any harm’,” said Niclas Hällström, director of the Swedish green think-tank WhatNext?

“Swedish society is increasingly calling for real, immediate solutions to climate change,” he said – such as a rapid transformation away from fossil fuels and toward a zero-carbon society.

He said the Harvard project “represents the polar opposite”, as it could create the impression that continuing use of fossil fuels is possible.

Authors: Alister Doyle, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Year of publishing: 18 Dec 2020
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