Here’s a piece from the Evening Standard on geoengineering. The Standard is London’s free tabloid, normally found in shredded pieces on the top decks of buses or stuffed into the cracks of Tube seats. As you can imagine, it’s hard to get a piece on the nuances of science governance into such a paper.
The article quotes me along with Steve Rayner from Oxford and Joanna Haigh from Imperial, both of whom were on the Royal Society’s Geoengineering working group.
I tried to get across the nuances of this debate and the reasons not to take much of scientific speculation at face value. Needless to say, this makes for a less good story than the typical flip-flop between hype and doom. But the journalist, Joshi Hermann had one phrase that I particularly like:
Sceptics say geoengineering is an echo chamber of exaggerated claims and pie-in-the-sky technology.