According to scientist James Flemming, geoengineering began in the middle of the 19th century. Since then it has been proposed many times: in 1950, Irving Langmuir thought we should use the Pacific Basin to control storms. In the ’60s, Russia attempted to get rid of all the ice in the Arctic Ocean. In the ’90s the National Academy of Sciences thought it would be possible to shoot sulfate into the atmosphere rather than reduce carbon emissions.
The roots of geoengineering can be traced back as far as the 1830s, to a proposal involving controlled forest fires to stimulate rainfall. Although the global warming crisis has caused geoengineering programs to pick up steam over the past several years, the study of deliberately altering our enviroment for specific results has been around for centuries. To date, no large-scale geoengineering project has been put into action.
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