Following years of denial and inertia in the face of global warming, climate disasters are occurring in rapid succession. Islands succumb to the waves, freak frosts hit Washington—and the climate system is reduced to complete disruption. As the world enters a state of climate panic, all climate measures are suddenly sanctioned, regardless of their risks and consequences.
The above situation is not a newsflash but a series of events from Science in the Capital, the science fiction trilogy written by Kim Stanley Robinson from 2004 to 2007. Although this story about the climate is fictional, its central thesis is rather convincing.
In reality too, it seems unlikely that the climate objectives of no more than 1.5 to 2 degrees of global warming will actually be met, unless global action is taken at short notice and on a large scale. As a result, scientific and political interest in climate engineering, the scientific term for active climate interventions, is increasing.