# Tag: climate-change

• ### ∎ Mexico bans solar geoengineering experiments after startup’s field tests - Reading Session 202301191446

The company, called Make Sunsets, conducted the field tests without prior notice or consent from the Mexican government.

This is one of the scary consequences of democratizing technology: volatility. It is getting easier for small teams to take big actions without oversight.

And this is a well-intended initiative. The opposite of this would be ecological or environmental terrorism against businesses or governments perceived to be direct contributors to climate change, which surely will happen as climate change advances and people get desperate.

At least this test was small:

Iseman says he launched two balloons in Baja California last year, each carrying less than 10 grams of sulfur dioxide. That’s a tiny amount of the compound that’s typically released into the air by fossil fuel power plants and volcanoes in much larger quantities — so the release isn’t likely to have had much impact.