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Restoring the Quality of Our Environment

Presidential report advises geoengineering solar radiation management (SRM) and investigated injecting condensation or freezing nuclei into the atmosphere to counteract the effects of increasing carbon dioxide.

According to Manabe and Strickler (1964) [1] the absorption and re-radiation of infrared by high cirrus clouds (above five miles) tends to heat the atmosphere near the earth's surface. Under some circumstances, injection of condensation or freezing nuclei will cause cirrus clouds to form at high altitudes. This potential method of bringing about climate changes needs to be investigated as a possible tool for modifying atmospheric circulation in ways which might counteract the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. [2]

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Manabe, Syukuro, and Robert F. Strickler. "Thermal equilibrium of the atmosphere with a convective adjustment." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 21.4 (1964): 361-385.
Environmental Pollution Panel, President’s Science Advisory Committee, United States,. "Restoring the quality of our environment." Washington, DC: The White House. Appendix Y 4 (1965).,%201965,%20Restoring%20the%20Quality%20of%20Our%20Environment.pdf
"Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses." US Government Accountability Office, Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering, (2011).

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