Playing God: Why religion belongs in the climate engineering debate

  title={Playing God: Why religion belongs in the climate engineering debate},
  author={Forrest Clingerman and Kevin J. O’Brien},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  pages={27 - 37}
Religion will play an important role in public perceptions of geoengineering—the intentional manipulation of the planet’s environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change. Religious leaders and scholars can therefore be valuable contributors to the geoengineering debate that has already begun among scientists, engineers, and policy makers. The authors offer four reasons why religion should be part of this debate: Religion is fundamental to how most human beings and societies understand… 

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