Harvard’s Geoengineering Failure and the Push to Extend Nuclear Plant Lifespans

Harvard Cancels Solar Geoengineering Experiment Amid Ethical and Risk Concerns; Older Nuclear Power Plants Continue to Play a Significant Role in Global Energy Landscape”.

In March 2017, two Harvard professors, David Keith and Frank Keutsch, unveiled plans to conduct the first solar geoengineering experiment in the stratosphere. The basic idea behind solar geoengineering is to release particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight away from Earth, potentially mitigating the effects of climate change. However, critics argue that such interventions could have unpredictable and potentially dangerous consequences on the planet’s climate system.

The proposed experiment sparked a heated debate about the ethics and risks associated with solar geoengineering. After years of deliberation, Harvard ultimately decided to cancel the project last month. This decision raised questions about the boundaries of scientific research and the level of risk that should be acceptable in studying controversial topics like geoengineering.

Meanwhile, older nuclear power plants worldwide are reaching an average age of over 30 years. Despite economic pressures leading to the shutdown of older reactors in some areas, there is still potential for many of these plants to operate for several more years. With advancements in technology and safety regulations, older nuclear reactors could continue to play a significant role in the global energy landscape.

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