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Solar Geoengineering Experiment Cancelled, Nuclear Power Plants Continue to Operate: Ethics, Risks and Controversies in Scientific Research

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Harvard’s Geoengineering Failure and the Push to Extend Nuclear Plant Lifespans

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, nuclear power plants worldwide are getting older with reactors in the US and Europe reaching an average age of over 30 years. Despite economic pressures leading to shutdowns of some older reactors in certain areas, many experts believe these plants still have potential for several more years of operation if they continue to follow safety regulations and technological advancements are made. As a result, nuclear power plants could continue playing a significant role in global energy landscape for years to come.

By Samantha Jones

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