Harvard’s oversight in geoengineering and the push to extend the lifespan of nuclear plants

Breakthrough and Consequences: The Unprecedented Decision to End Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Experiment, While Older Nuclear Reactors Continue to Power Europe

In March 2017, two Harvard professors, David Keith and Frank Keutsch, discussed plans to conduct the first solar geoengineering experiment in the stratosphere at a small summit in Washington, DC. Solar geoengineering involves spraying certain particles high above the planet to reflect sunlight back into space to counteract climate change. Critics argue that manipulating the planet’s climate system is too dangerous to study in the real world.

However, after a decade of planning, Harvard recently announced the termination of the project. The failure of the solar geoengineering experiment raises questions about the boundaries researchers have when exploring controversial subjects. Meanwhile, in Europe, nearly 90% of reactors are over 30 years old, with some nuclear reactors in Germany dating back over 40 years old. Economic pressures have led to the shutdown of older, especially smaller, reactors, particularly in areas with cheaper sources of electricity such as natural gas. However, older nuclear reactors may still have a significant amount of operational life left.

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