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Is Latin America prepared for a debate over geoengineering?

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The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report this week on geoengineering research, also covered by the NYT, Rolling Stone and the Natural Security Blog.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, geoengineering (or "climate remediation" to use the term in the report) is the controversial concept of using technology to intentionally reshape aspects of the Earth and its atmosphere in a way that counteracts climate change. For example, imagine if you could release a gas into the air that would cause global cooling and could balance out the global warming (see this article from The Atlantic in 2009 for some good discussion on the topic). Obviously, attempting to do something like that would be challenging, have significant impacts around the globe, and could be devastating if done incorrectly.

There are many debates surrounding the issue, but for Latin America, four questions are pertinent.


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