Jennie C. Stephens Featured in Reuters: U.S. Should Research Solar Geoengineering to Fight Climate Change but Exercise Caution, Scientists Say
by Andrea Januta, Reuters
The National Academies of Science on Thursday called for the United States to pursue research into solar geoengineering to cool the Earth’s atmosphere but urged caution given that it could have risky, unintended consequences.
Among the concerns are how the science’s effects could be distributed unequally around the globe.
“The world is in the place we’re in because we’ve had this concentration of wealth and power. This would actually exacerbate and further concentrate power among a few,” said Jennie Stephens, director of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. “This is something that a few elites are going to control, and it’s going to have impacts on everybody else.”