Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Conservation of Calamities, Take 2

Perhaps there is a kind of conservation of economic calamities:
Atmospheric scientist Paul J Crutzen, who has in the past floated the possibility of blitzing the stratosphere with sulfur particles to cool the earth, said clouds gathering over the world economy could ease the earth's environmental burden.
Of course, it won't nearly, nearly be enough, and it's the wrong kind of CO2 cutback--that from reduced economic activity, not changes in energy technology.
"It's a cruel thing to say ... but if we are looking at a slowdown in the economy, there will be less fossil fuels burning, so for the climate it could be an advantage," Crutzen told Reuters in an interview.

"We could have a much slower increase of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere ... people will start saving (on energy use) ... but things may get worse if there is less money available for research and that would be serious."

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