DALLAS, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Spring 2017 Issues in Science and Technology features a special editorial package on climate engineering. The authors of these three articles believe that the seriousness of the risks posed by a warming climate means that it's time to take a hard look at all available options for addressing the problem, including directly intervening in the climate. A leading researcher in geoengineering, Harvard University's David Keith, outlines a responsible research agenda for solar geoengineering. Jane C. S. Long, the former associate director for energy and environment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, describes a systems approach to climate change, beginning with limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate disruptions, while researching the feasibility of geoengineering. And in a refreshingly direct approach to the climate issue, Arizona State University's Klaus Lackner and Carbon A List founder Christophe Jospe propose that we treat carbon dioxide emissions like other forms of waste. Direct carbon capture may offer a pragmatic way to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Intervening in the climate system would be an unparalleled example of "big science." David J. Galas, Aristides Patrinos, and Charles DeLisi examine lessons offered by a previous big science effort that almost didn't happen—the Human Genome Project (HGP). The Department of Energy, surprisingly, was the birthplace of the project to map the human genome, and the authors all served central roles at the agency during the initiation and operation of the HGP. They describe the need for a rigorous process to evaluate large-scale research proposals. Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes senior fellow Walter D. Valdivia looks at scientific "moonshotes" to assess the value of rapid increases in federal support for specific areas of R&D.
Also in this issue, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Freeman H. Hrabowski III, and his senior advisor Peter H. Henderson explore how a forward-looking group of colleges and universities are demonstrating effective ways to educate underrepresented minorities for careers in science and engineering.
ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY is the award-winning journal of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the University of Texas at Dallas and Arizona State University. www.issues.org.
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