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As climate talks drag on, more ponder techno-fixes

December 5, 2010

From Yahoo News

By Charles J. Hanley

Like the warming atmosphere above, a once-taboo idea hangs over the slow, frustrating U.N. talks to curb climate change: the idea to tinker with the atmosphere or the planet itself, pollute the skies to ward off the sun, fill the oceans with gas-eating plankton, do whatever it takes.

As climate negotiators grew more discouraged in recent months, U.S. and British government bodies urged stepped-up studies of such “geoengineering.” The U.N. climate science network decided to assess the options. And a range of new research moved ahead in America and elsewhere.

“The taboo is broken,” Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric scientist, told The Associated Press.

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