Geoengineering could be used to prevent catastrophic climate effects caused by giant volcanic eruptions. New research suggests it may be possible to counteract these effects through deliberate emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, dampening the abrupt impact of a massive eruption. Such measures could… » 11/07/14 12:55pm 11/07/14 12:55pm

Another Massive Geoengineering Experiment is Underway in China

Several new cities in China will be geoengineering experiments, where developers are leveling hundreds of mountains, filling valleys, and building on top of the newly-flattened land. Now, Chinese scientists and engineers are saying these projects are based on shoddy research, and must be stopped. » 6/04/14 3:30pm 6/04/14 3:30pm

At Last We Have a Technology That Can Stop Volcanoes

It may look bulky, and it may block out the light sometimes, but the magma accumulators saved our civilization. Plus, they turned every eruption into a source of energy to power our factories. That's what finally defeated the anti-geoengineering lobby and ushered in the modern age. » 5/28/14 9:00pm 5/28/14 9:00pm

Massive offshore turbine arrays would help us harness hurricanes

What would happen if a hurricane were to plough through a wind farm consisting of tens of thousands of individual turbines? A Stanford engineer recently ran a computer simulation to find out — and the results were astonishing. » 2/27/14 9:00am 2/27/14 9:00am

New research suggests geohacking would be a catastrophically bad idea

In order to get our warming climate under control, some forward thinkers say we should deploy any number of geoengineering schemes. But as the latest computer models show, these efforts would not only be futile — they'd probably result in a complete disaster. » 2/25/14 2:40pm 2/25/14 2:40pm

Once we start geohacking, we won't be able to stop

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is why geoengineering could save the world from the catastrophic effects of climate change. But a new study suggests that once we get started we won't be able to stop — and that a sudden halt to our geoengineering efforts could be worse than never doing it in the… » 11/28/13 12:30pm 11/28/13 12:30pm

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that should appear by the 2030s. » 7/05/13 10:00am 7/05/13 10:00am

Best Engineering Photography of 2012 Is Explosively Awesome

There is nothing more awe-inspiring than the sight of a city being built — or destroyed. And that's the point of the photographs in the Engineering News-Record's collection of the best photographs from last year. Check out some incredible shots of enormous machines, magnificent engineering projects, and the people… » 3/13/13 11:02pm 3/13/13 11:02pm

Watch a day in the life of a terraformed Mars

No, this isn't Earth or an artistic rendering of some far away exoplanet. It's Mars — but a hypothetical version of the Red Planet after it's undergone a rather radical facelift. » 3/11/13 3:41pm 3/11/13 3:41pm

The world's most beautiful gardens are miracles of geoengineering

There are gardens and then there are carefully engineered masterpieces of plants, stones, and animals that fill acres of land with anthropogenic natural wonders. Humans don't always trash their ecosystems. Sometimes we reshape them into something amazing. Here are some of the most incredible examples of landscape… » 11/16/12 4:30pm 11/16/12 4:30pm

10 Ways Geoengineering Could Save the World

The climate is changing. It was bound to happen, whether humans intervened or not. The Earth has gone through so many climate changes over its 4.5 billion years of life that it's enough to make your head spin — or melt, or get eroded by corrosive elements in the atmosphere, depending on what geological era you lived… » 11/09/12 10:22am 11/09/12 10:22am

Canada's government knew about the geohacking project off its Pacific…

A few days ago we told you about the controversial and illegal geoengineering project that's already underway near Canada's Pacific coast. Some new details are emerging about the project — including insights which suggest that the Canadian government knew what was going on but did nothing to stop it. » 10/18/12 1:03pm 10/18/12 1:03pm

A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off…

A private company backed by a controversial U.S. businessman has unilaterally conducted the world's most significant geoengineering project to date. Russ George, in conjunction with a First Nations village on Haida Gwaii, has dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in a technique known as … » 10/16/12 6:20am 10/16/12 6:20am

Could artificial trees solve the global warming crisis?

We've known about the effects of climate change for decades now, but the past few years (and even months) have been particularly revealing. This past year, for instance, we've seen arctic sea ice levels reach an historic low, while the United States has experienced its worst wildfire season on record (not to mention… » 10/09/12 2:40pm 10/09/12 2:40pm

Scientists want to test geohacking solution to global warming right now

This was a summer of record heatwaves and crushing drought — and experts are warning that it's only going to get worse from here on out. So a number of scientists are calling for dramatic solutions — including "cloud brightening," a process of blasting salt water into the sky to form massive, long-lived clouds. » 8/21/12 11:04am 8/21/12 11:04am

Burying greenhouse gases underground could cause earthquakes

As the Arctic ice continues to fade away, some scientists have come up with radical solutions to the problem of greenhouse gases. One of these ideas is large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS), burying those troublesome gases underground — but now it looks like that notion could cause more trouble than it's worth. » 6/19/12 5:01pm 6/19/12 5:01pm

Could we build a weather machine to stop climate change?

It's starting to get pretty warm outside. And it's also starting to get increasingly obvious that human-made global warming is not going away anytime soon. As our environment continues to degrade and collapse, we may be headed into some fairly desperate times — and with them, the inevitable call for desperate… » 6/04/12 1:26pm 6/04/12 1:26pm

How We Will Terraform Mars

NASA's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, is currently its way to Mars, on a mission to explore whether life could exist there. If we're going to colonize Mars — and some scientists say we must — it's likely that we'll start by terraforming. Terraforming, or planetary engineering, is the process of altering the climate of… » 12/19/11 1:35pm 12/19/11 1:35pm

We need an engineering solution to climate change

We hear a lot about slowing climate change by recycling, cutting fossil fuel use, and just generally limiting our carbon footprints. But scientists and engineers believe there could be solutions that go beyond that. These are so-called geoengineering solutions, which include everything from squirting particles into… » 10/20/11 2:02pm 10/20/11 2:02pm

Could iron dust stop global warming in its tracks?

The Ice Age can be explained by some well-placed specks of iron. Adding dust to the waters around Antarctica can supercharge plankton growth, causing global temperature drops. To stop climate change, we need a whole lot of iron filings. » 8/03/11 1:20pm 8/03/11 1:20pm