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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/25/2009

Movie Trailer: Owning The Weather (and Climate)

By Capital Weather Gang

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Whether you think controlling, or "geoengineering," the weather or climate is a good idea or bad idea -- the American Meteorological Society is rather wary (pdf) -- the following movie trailer for the documentary "Owning The Weather" is quite entertaining...

The film premieres April 3 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. Hat tip to The Intersection blog.

By Capital Weather Gang  | March 25, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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one interesting idea i've heard to "fix" global warming is to put 1,000,000 (?) little mirrors/shades at the L1 point between the earth and sun. these shades would be controllable to manipulate the amount of sunlight let through.

i wonder what the "problems", other than cost (which might not be that much compared to global warming damage), are with this idea?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 25, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

From the AMS statement:
Geoengineering could conceivably offer targeted and fast-acting options to reduce acute climate impacts and provide strategies of last resort if abrupt, catastrophic, or otherwise unacceptable climate change impacts become unavoidable by other means. However, geoengineering must be viewed with great caution because manipulating the Earth system is almost certain to trigger some adverse and unpredictable consequences.

For some fictional speculation on how nothing could ever go wrong, go wrong, go wrong. . . see the Ringworld and Red/Green/Blue Mars sci fi novel series.

Posted by: sock-puppet | March 25, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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