How can we make it possible:

Did you know that covering part of the world’s surface with a white cover could stop global warming? At the same time large-scale human engineering of the Earth's climate might have severe and unintended side effects, or even be potentially disastrous. So would it be possible to reflect sunlight safe?

Geo-engineering is rightly controversial, and should be governed and monitored by the international community, but can we afford nót to research different scenario's while nations are too slow in realizing CO2-reduction and global warming accelerates? In fact: aren't we obliged to study the impacts and consequences of reflection management by now?

Cool Down the Planet wants to launch a multi-annual project, based on your input:

Design and elaborate a way of cooling planet Earth by means of albedo management that is as little as possible harmful to the environment, and that can be rolled out on a large scale within a few decades.

So please come forward with your ultimate plan to tackle global warming and be welcomed as a long term project leader. We will be honored to give a floor to the most promising solution and build a dreamteam of student experts around it. See what we can establish: the sky is the limit.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2018
Stakeholder: The Delft Climate Institute

Moderated by Cool Down the Planet, supervised by Prof.dr.ir. H.W.J.Russchenberg

"Sooner rather than later, policymakers around the world will need to confront an uncomfortable reality: that despite the best efforts we can no longer contain global average temperatures to below 1.5–2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels through mitigation of carbon emissions alone.

It comes as no surprise that a growing number of scientists are thinking about additional approaches to managing the risks of global warming.

Each of them faces a unique and heady mix of political, ethical, and scientific concerns. Neither represents an alternative to radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions or to adapting to the impact of climate change. But a growing number of scientists argue they are necessary tools to deal with what is coming, and that we can no longer afford to ignore them."

(Janos Pasztor in “The Need for Governance of Climate Engineering”, december 2017)