Geoengineering: A Horrible Idea We Might Have to Do

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By the end of the 21st century, humanity is becoming desperate. Decades of heatwaves and droughts have led to unusually poor harvests, while the warming oceans yield fewer fish each year. In the tropical zones, millions suffer from famine and resource wars have made millions more flee to the north. As things quickly get worse, in an act of desperation, the world's governments decide to enact an emergency plan...
It is far from certain that a grim scenario like this will play out. But the failure of world leaders to effectively address climate change, makes it far from impossible.
So in the near future it might become necessary to try something radical to slow down rapid climate change: Geoengineering. Interventions so massive in scale that they might undo centuries of human behavior. Or make everything much worse.
What is geoengineering, is it really an option and what if it goes wrong?

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xisotopex Hace 22 horas
why not discuss planting a billion trees to eliminate excess CO2?
BlownAwayGamer Hace 2 días
"this experiment is about to go really exciting" I have never seen You this passive agreesive :(
Fergus Moffat
Fergus Moffat Hace 2 días
The 400 year grand solar minimum cycle has begun. The next 3 decades will see the earth cool down as the suns magnetic feild turns down. GLOBAL COOLING IS THE CLIMATE CRISES now. There is Cold induced famine every time this cycle hits. Artificial attempts to cool earth will be catastrophic
Horizon Hace 3 días
Chemtrails happen multiple times per week. You can visual see the planes spraying patterns and turning a blue sky completely white and covered by a chemical blanket slowing falling down into our lakes and trees and houses and we are breathing it in and eating and drinking it .. how is this okay???
LivingIn PatheticEra
LivingIn PatheticEra Hace 5 días
@INSECT BITE *-* Which one? Amazon, Inc.ompetent or Amazon, Brazil?
Granite Fox
Granite Fox Hace 5 horas
Well it's reality and it's scary.. the space race to Mars is just even more crucial now.. after watching this video I'm changing my Major
Ash Ketchum
Ash Ketchum Hace 5 horas
6:46 or just a tree
ja4nice Hace 8 horas
- yes, they are separate for the honor of Kurzgesagt People: How did we? Scientist: Yes, how indeed.
ja4nice Hace 8 horas
Scientist: Will you geoengineer, please People: Only with a vaccine (Co-Vid019)
Chainrayen Hace 8 horas
let's just make an ai that can go on living on its own since we, biological creatures, are obviously unfit to take care of our own future.
betty page
betty page Hace 10 horas
thank you for teaching
Mark King
Mark King Hace 10 horas
Imaging humans evolving so much we can eat both Carbon dioxide and oxygen. So when we get a house fire we go “Finally some good freaking Food.”
Federico Jimbo Smithson
Federico Jimbo Smithson Hace 10 horas
I thought something like making Mars or any other plenet more like Earth - remembered it's "Terraforming" not Geoengineering
Jaxon Severo
Jaxon Severo Hace 11 horas
The reason humanity was in the matrix was because they blocked out the sun😳
adebleswordfish Hace 11 horas
Probably won’t need it, Yellowstone cauldera will probably POP, and we’ll get more nutrient volcanic soil.
Andrei Brin
Andrei Brin Hace 11 horas
By the way Mt. Pinatubo is located in the Philippines
Toby Radenbaugh
Toby Radenbaugh Hace 12 horas
john doe
john doe Hace 13 horas
Dumbest idea ever! Just like poisoning lakes to kill invasive species. Fucking dumb!
lilbear man
lilbear man Hace 13 horas
Why don't you just stop the lumber industry and re plant trees wile switching to alternative lumber like hemp or or marijuana witch more trees and lack deforestation witch would turn are co2 filled atmosphere with oxygen
Toby Radenbaugh
Toby Radenbaugh Hace 13 horas
Toby Radenbaugh
Toby Radenbaugh Hace 13 horas
Wasn't this ability labeled a tin-foil hat conspiracy by the corporate media - just within the last few years? Why, YES it was. TIME TO END THE PSYCHOPATHIC GLOBAL RULING ELITE'S LIES It's us or them now.
Toby Radenbaugh
Toby Radenbaugh Hace 13 horas
I suppose the canned British accent is meant to give this BS credibility. Pathetic mind F-ing of the masses continues.
Trent Wolter
Trent Wolter Hace 14 horas
I more so feel bad that humans will destroy the world for the animals humanity deserves everything that comes to it we did this our ancestors should have stayed in caves eating raw meat
Mimii881 Hace 14 horas
Like can we just...not fuck up everything?
Am Clover
Am Clover Hace 14 horas
This just sounds like an excuse that humanity doesn’t want to change from there luxuries life style even if it cost the lives of many.
Edgytarian Hace 9 horas
Now you're getting it!
StanSearchesLife Hace 14 horas
Kurgesagts might save us
Skx5 Hace 14 horas
engineer gaming
Danny Devito
Danny Devito Hace 16 horas
*The fact they showed koala bears in a taiga biome means shit has really been fucked!*
KEVLAR Hace 16 horas
Climate change doesn't exist. Why are industrial german such hypocrites to industry like BMW new cyber car being for the planet. A book your not supposed to read (the politically incorrect guide to climate change) it has the format of a comic book and they have a dozen other issues with world class authors for each
Anton Ekström 7f Kyrkskolan 7-9
Anton Ekström 7f Kyrkskolan 7-9 Hace 15 horas
Worldwide Wonders
Worldwide Wonders Hace 16 horas
I was half of the video ”why dont you do that then !!!!” and half the video ” no we shouldn’t do that shit !!!”
Adham Abousalem
Adham Abousalem Hace 17 horas
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Phantom Ho
Phantom Ho Hace 17 horas
The strong dash analogically confess because saxophone accidentally box sans a combative pull. new, foamy ease
Ramesses Gomez
Ramesses Gomez Hace 17 horas
Why don’t we just a car,plane or energy source that uses carbon based airs or any toxic air and methane as a resulting releasing stable air and hot steam 🤷🏻‍♂️
Noah Roth-Shapiro
Noah Roth-Shapiro Hace 18 horas
0:17 - That's definitely the SMG from Fortnite.
Alaina Gibson
Alaina Gibson Hace 20 horas
You're a conspiracy theorist if you call it chemtrails. You're a scientist if you call it "Cloud seeding"... silver iodide mixed with jets CO2 and fuel emissions. We've been doing it since Vietnam. We have tested many different products. Countries have even used it to keep rain away from the Olympics. There are even private organizations that will keep your outdoor wedding dry! Cloud seeding adds to disruption to the ecosystem. SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH😃🐬
Death- PW
Death- PW Hace 20 horas
Mt pinatuboo Like if your a filipino Kasi ako Oo :D
Benjamin Buljevic
Benjamin Buljevic Hace 20 horas
The ultimate manliness challenge: screw up the world then fix it
Yeshvin Goodary
Yeshvin Goodary Hace 21 un hora
Spoony Jeff UK
Spoony Jeff UK Hace 21 un hora
UK already geoengineers.
Green Cat Dude
Green Cat Dude Hace 21 un hora
Sulfur Punk
Matthew Hace 21 un hora
Snow peircer time
Dreckbob Bratpfanne
Dreckbob Bratpfanne Hace 22 horas
Whenever humans try to fix one of their f* ups they invent something bigger... and then it goes wrong again... and repeat. Now we are at astronomical levels to fix our wrongdoings.
Am Clover
Am Clover Hace 14 horas
no one is willing to save the world if it’s gonna cost them, just look at the oil companies they saw this long time ago but they kept looking for ways to change society to fit there needs.
Steven Dumont
Steven Dumont Hace 22 horas
Might have to do? 😂 It’s been going on for years! It is properly documented and there is shit load of aluminium particles ending up on our agricultural land and making its way into the very food we consume. And we wonder why there is a rise in Alzheimer’s? This is programming!
xisotopex Hace 22 horas
climate change or anthropogenic climate change? one is real and has happened thousands of time in geologic history, and hundreds of times in human history. the other, is fake. if it was real, there is one, easy quick solution that would stop the warming in its tracks and buy us plenty of time to figure out some environmental problems. planting trees. planting a billion trees. those billion trees would use ALL the excess CO2, thereby eliminating the fake problem of greenhouse gas driven global warming.
Ianite Sanchez
Ianite Sanchez Hace un día
So we're fuck
Ata fakheri
Ata fakheri Hace un día
The same old story of humans panicking and "solving" one prproblem by doing 10 times the damage that the initial problem was making
Eloisa Ferreira
Eloisa Ferreira Hace un día
just add water not pink bad thing
Kangus Shangus
Kangus Shangus Hace un día
Eyyyy Philippines volcano that destroyed many people and houses. Seen that in our history lessons.
Onur Peksari
Onur Peksari Hace un día
we need Turkish subtitle
Zachary William
Zachary William Hace un día
Is this an endorsement of AOC or what? Lmao, keep crying progressives. Keep crying.
Michael Pietarila
Michael Pietarila Hace un día
Geoengineering sounds like an interesting career to go into might give it a shot if I get the chance to study it
Barrie Surjadi
Barrie Surjadi Hace un día
Lets cool down the earth like... right now and kill billions on the way - Not Hitler and Not Thanos.
Klaurence Cruz
Klaurence Cruz Hace un día
Please call "stratospheric aerosol injection" as STAIN ok?
Jacky Evans
Jacky Evans Hace un día
a real solution: assassinate every politician who doesn't care about climate change, sorry but its objectively the only way that will work quick enough, unless jeff bezos decides he fancies deleting global warming
Elle J.
Elle J. Hace un día
7:10 the bird on the right taking puns to a whole new level akshdjdhsj
Syppiii Hace un día
This is more interesting than my 16 years of school...
E Hace un día
The only plausible geo engineering project the world could undertake to combat climate change is to turn Sahara Dessert into another biome.
Haddish Gebremedhin
Haddish Gebremedhin Hace 12 horas
But we need the sand
centlander Hace un día
Okay so how do we solve our planet dieing because of us? Ah yes, make problems in other parts that we than have to deal with later
VandelayH Hace un día
Basically, world leaders and fossil fuel companies are crooks.
Darth Hasbro
Darth Hasbro Hace un día
ps build for eternity or dont build at all
Darth Hasbro
Darth Hasbro Hace un día
Cardi_B Hace un día
Porfavor sigan haciendo videos en español
Samuel Skala
Samuel Skala Hace un día
That yellow hair bird complaining about the final chance *I wonder what it implies*
brakorinspace o
brakorinspace o Hace un día
Ready to die in the resource wars caused by climate change. 22 rn so we'll see if I'm fit for service by the time it happens
Alex Parpotta
Alex Parpotta Hace un día
Kurzgesagt: We may need to spray SO2 into the atmosphere The climate: *Laughs in acid rain*
There's agnet 8 from "Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion in : 7:49
Mina Celentano
Mina Celentano Hace un día
It seems more like a lazy and cheap option. We need to take action to improving things NATURALLY, by swapping harmful things out for more environmentally friendly things.
Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson Hace un día
Fun fact, of the total amount of co2 released into the atmosphere each year only 5 % is humanity induced. Soooo.....the other 95% released from natural processes is totally ok, it's that small 5% humanity is responsible for that has the doomsdayers creaming their panties. Global warming is real and yes our climate is warming which it has done many times in earth's history as evidenced in the archaeological record but to put the cause solely on the back of humanity is absurd. Question: how many of you reading this post were alive in the 1970's and remember scientific consensus back then was the earth was going into the next ice age? Thats right, global warming wasn't even on the radar so the question is how could that be? The evidence was clear, science said so. WHAT YOU SAY? scientists were wrong? Truth is global climate is so complex involving a mind boggling amount of variables that even with the most powerful super computers it's impossible to correctly make any sort of accurate prediction for tomorrow much less 50, 100, or even 200 years from now. With that said we only have this small rock to live on. We need to keep it clean, science our way out of the dirty pollution problem if not for ourselves then for our descendants. Governments are run by humans, flawed humans with sometimes nefarious ambitions. All governments use diversionary tactics to hide true motivations and the sheep follow - DON'T BE A SHEEP.
Starboy's Universe
Starboy's Universe Hace un día
climate change can only be done with humans out
Jacob Roy
Jacob Roy Hace un día
GENIUS IDEA!!!!: what if we used asteroid mining instead of big mines to stop air pollution. We use the gas from the rockets as geoengineering to buy us more time while we use the money we make from selling the asteroid components to buy energy efficient power sources and to stop fossil fuels from being burned. Thank me later Elon musk
Hill Top
Hill Top Hace 2 días
Prove that climate change is due to human activity. The earth has gone through heating and cooling periods long before humans, with co2 levels much higher than we have today, proven by drilling into polar ice caps. Trying to change or slow the earth's natural cycle could be catastrophic, and would most likely bankrupt our society.
Paul Abreu
Paul Abreu Hace 2 días
Maybe I’m late, but the shading on your characters is looking fine guys! Keep it up!
Natanael Gonzalez
Natanael Gonzalez Hace 2 días
we might have to do? we have been doing since the Vietnam war....
Ivan Zhaldak
Ivan Zhaldak Hace 2 días
Stop tellling that "CO2 traps this radiation etc". The most of it is kept by the water vapor. At least say "greenhouse gasses trap infrared radiation". This manipulation of terms is not what I would expect from you guys. What a shame.
NCT Markers
NCT Markers Hace 2 días
If there is no sunlight then what about solar panels?
TechnoGuz GD
TechnoGuz GD Hace 2 días
human brain: geoengineering is a very bad way of survival, but it will have to do for now. monkey brain: heehoo plane make fardd
J T Hace 2 días
Geoengineering, a death or glory attack for the climate crisis.
Alec Weitl
Alec Weitl Hace 2 días
We already do it....... and have been doing it.....
Quinton Eversull
Quinton Eversull Hace 2 días
Your carpet; your phone, your food, your toilet paper all contain petroleum products. The largest contributor of green house gasses is meat production. Cows on average release 3.1 gigatonnes of co2 a year. In fact with the advent of modern catalytic converters and diesel exhaust fluid systems cars release 12 times less co2 a day than the average cow. The real solution to climate change is to eat more veggies and less meat. I’m not saying get rid of meat because I like it too. Just eat a little less of it.
sbjn Hace 2 días
The only way for earth to prosper is to wipe out humans
Deez Nuts
Deez Nuts Hace 2 días
2:42 funny moment!
WinterCraft Hace 2 días
The gov will only fully invest in helping prevent global warming if there is a large chunk of money waiting for them at the end.
Big Rig
Big Rig Hace 2 días
Boo hoo muh fossil fuels Not happening any time soon, nerds
Igor Ivanov
Igor Ivanov Hace 2 días
where is subtitles ?
EnterPlayerName 35
EnterPlayerName 35 Hace 2 días
"Hey ferb, I know what we're going to do today"
Weeklongwind 647
Weeklongwind 647 Hace 2 días
Why are most of your videos so dramatic and scary?
Delete TheElite
Delete TheElite Hace 2 días
Global warming is a hoax folks.
Jackson Freking
Jackson Freking Hace 2 días
is this a joke or?
Elena Hace 2 días
Remember all those memes disregarding chemtrails?
Delete TheElite
Delete TheElite Hace 2 días
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Dipshit chemtrails been going on for atleast 20 years. What fucking rock u been under????
N D Hace 11 horas
You can just tell by the comments we gotta young crowd here. This is all new news to them. The creators of this vid know damn well what you've said is true. So why are they misleading? Probably for the sake of plausible deniability.
Anna Hace 2 días
Problem is, this particular geoengineering strategy to happen is very unlikely due to the need of a GLOBAL political agreement. Say, if the USA goes all independent and does that - there is no way that the particles stay above the geographical borders of the country - cause, well, weather doesn’t care about borders. Meaning if one country does it, every other country could be directly effected. Meaning every country on earth has a say in it and all countries sharing the some opinion on this topic is just... extremely unlikely.
Barış İslamoğlu
Barış İslamoğlu Hace 2 días
Keşke Türkçe çeviri olsa
Ritz zzZ
Ritz zzZ Hace 2 días
whoa... self destruct button... hmm .. 👁️👁️
Rachel Hatton
Rachel Hatton Hace 2 días
Like they haven't been doing it since the 1950's
Will & Joy Forever
Will & Joy Forever Hace 2 días
No C⁰² means no fire, no of that, and more i guess.
SirHatmaker Hace 2 días
Snowpiercer fans are going nuts rn
D Mentia
D Mentia Hace 2 días
Meh, you guys think you're so smart. Futurama had this idea like a decade ago - just drop an ice cube in the ocean. Easy
_ Hace 2 días
I do not know if you are being sarcastic or stupid
Mortal Dog17
Mortal Dog17 Hace 2 días
What if we jus harvest CO2 and use it directly, and make every waste we do a new product. In that way we make ourselves better and more sustainable.
Hank Dundon
Hank Dundon Hace 2 días
Because C02 is really hard to use. It does not carry energy, it can not be made into anything, any it cost a lot.
Mira Aljarrah
Mira Aljarrah Hace 2 días
This is such a clear, amazing and understandable way to explon complex stuff to normal people who are not scientists or experts. Thank you so much 🤗🤗
Toplama Edit
Toplama Edit Hace 2 días
Please add türkish languagr
David Gascueña
David Gascueña Hace 2 días
isn't that orbit at 0:40 impossible. Just nitpicking, great video
06 Damas Rizaladib Syabana
06 Damas Rizaladib Syabana Hace 2 días
Waiting for indonesian subtitle sir
Putra Ramadhani M. 9.8
Putra Ramadhani M. 9.8 Hace 3 días
Indonesian subtitel pleas
Rabbit rams
Rabbit rams Hace 3 días
Another ways to stop global warming 1.dropping giant ice cubes in the ocean 2. Pushing earth a little bit father away from the sun 3.steal a moon 4.destoy the sun 5.make littering punishable by death 6.giant fan
Zaid Al
Zaid Al Hace 3 días
why cant we just plant more trees?
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