The fantastic idea of geoengineering—the intentional large-scale manipulation of the environment to counter act the negative impacts of global climate change—is starting to be taken seriously in science and policy circles.What do professional environmental ethicists think about debates over geoengineering?
Some demographers predict a declining population by the end of this century. On the bright side, resource shortages might be less severe. On the not-so-bright side, the demographic shift toward more retirees and fewer workers could throw the rest of the world into the kind of interminable economic stagnation…
Adaptation has tended to focus on hard defences, such as shoring up sea walls and building dams. But as awareness of adaptation has grown, so too has the concept. “Adaptation means different things to different people, and is extremely location specific,” says Neil Adger, an environmental and economic geographer at the University of Exeter, UK.