The Netherlands have to take a stance in the increasing international discussion on the deliberate intervention in the Earth’s climate system as a possible solution to climate change and investigate the risks of this technique, argues Frank Biermann, professor of Global Sustainability Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, today in an op-ed in the Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant. He was also interviewed about this topic on Dutch national radio.
Recently there has been a lot of debate about the deliberate intervention in the climate system to ‘cool down’ the Earth. ‘Climate engineering’, as this technique is called, gets serious attention in the international climate debate. It may sound like science fiction: removing CO2 from the atmosphere, or injecting sulphate particles into the stratosphere, for example.