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Geoengineering is not focused on one single technology, but on large-scale alteration of the earth’s oceans, terrain, and atmosphere in order to slow down the global warming process. Geoengineering is an adaptation method, because it is only a short-term solution to a long term problem. It offers large scale solutions that could prevent a bad situation from getting worse and make a gradual implementation of mitigation methods possible. At the current pace of climate change, geoengineering may be a solution of final resort.  
 
Geoengineering is not focused on one single technology, but on large-scale alteration of the earth’s oceans, terrain, and atmosphere in order to slow down the global warming process. Geoengineering is an adaptation method, because it is only a short-term solution to a long term problem. It offers large scale solutions that could prevent a bad situation from getting worse and make a gradual implementation of mitigation methods possible. At the current pace of climate change, geoengineering may be a solution of final resort.  
  
The implementation of solar reflectors into outer space is one of the most prominent of geoengineering schemes. One proposal involves putting 16 trillion refracting discs into space in order to reflect 2% of the suns rays.<ref>Sands, Derek. "Space mirrors to combat global warming? Scientists mull 'geoengineering' schemes." Inside Energy 09 06 2008 13. 29 Oct 2008 <http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T4969175086&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=1&resultsUrlKey=29_T4969175097&cisb=22_T4969175096&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&csi=7989&docNo=1>.</ref>
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The implementation of solar reflectors into outer space is one of the most prominent of geoengineering schemes. One proposal involves putting 16 trillion refracting discs into space in order to reflect 2% of the suns rays.<ref>Sands, Derek. "Space mirrors to combat global warming? Scientists mull 'geoengineering' schemes." Inside Energy 09 06 2008 13. 29 Oct 2008 <http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T4969175086&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=1&resultsUrlKey=29_T4969175097&cisb=22_T4969175096&treeMax=true&treeWidth=0&csi=7989&docNo=1>.</ref> This would reduce the burden of the sun on the climate and offset the increased amount of carbon dioxide. Despite the promising technology, it requires vast amounts of resources which could only be attained through international cooperation.<ref>
  
  

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Out of all the possible alternatives for the solution to global warming, geoengineering is the most innovative and technologically aggressive of them. Geoengineering does not refer to a single technology but to all proposals that alter the environment of our planet. These proposals are intended to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide and solar rays hitting the earth. As the technology of the world grows more sophisticated, so do the possibilities for geoengineering expansion. Geoengineering may not be the final solution to solving global warming, but its applications can be used to dramatically lessen its effects.

Geoengineering is not focused on one single technology, but on large-scale alteration of the earth’s oceans, terrain, and atmosphere in order to slow down the global warming process. Geoengineering is an adaptation method, because it is only a short-term solution to a long term problem. It offers large scale solutions that could prevent a bad situation from getting worse and make a gradual implementation of mitigation methods possible. At the current pace of climate change, geoengineering may be a solution of final resort.

The implementation of solar reflectors into outer space is one of the most prominent of geoengineering schemes. One proposal involves putting 16 trillion refracting discs into space in order to reflect 2% of the suns rays.[1] This would reduce the burden of the sun on the climate and offset the increased amount of carbon dioxide. Despite the promising technology, it requires vast amounts of resources which could only be attained through international cooperation.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag


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Wigley, T.M.L.. "A Combined Mitigation/Geoengineering Approach to Climate Stabilization ." Science Vol. 31420 October 2006 452-454. 21 Oct 2008 <http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/314/5798/452>.