Eco-Activists, Climate Scientists Quietly Met To Discuss Tinkering With The Sun

Feb 14, 2024 | Political News

A group of eco-activists, climate scientists and funders recently met at the offices of a major environmental group to discuss the advancement of solar geoengineering, according to E&E News.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) held the two-day convention at its San Francisco offices to bring together relevant stakeholders interested in developing solar geoengineering technologies, which modify the environment in ways that decrease the Earth’s absorption of sunlight, E&E News reported. The meeting was also meant to get environmentalists, scientists and funders of their work in the same room ahead of an anticipated deluge of geoengineering-related investment from Silicon Valley.

EDF has supported solar geoengineering research for more than a decade, and the concept of using geoengineering to avoid increases in global temperature is also supported by billionaires Bill Gates and George Soros, according to E&E News. One solar geoengineering idea is to boost the Earth’s reflectivity by spraying particles into the stratosphere, and another approach would be to alter cloud cover such that Earth absorbs more sunlight. (RELATED: Climate Scientists Want An Umbrella The Size Of Argentina To Block Out The Sun)