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They’ve banned "geoengineering" but what exactly does that mean?
Back in the 1970's, Chiffon Margarine ran a TV commercial with the tagline "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature' (the goddess in question wasn't happy that she mistook the margarine for real butter). In real life, scientists have learned that same lesson a thousand times over as they've come up with brilliant scientific solutions to problems like rabbit overpopulation in Australia or keeping food fresh around the world. In all these cases, the solution created new problems of its own -- and in some cases, they've been worse than the original (margarine, it turns out, originally touted as a healthier spread than butter, is one more example). One of my favorite cases is the inadvertent fix for the mountains of horse manure that were piling up in New York City at the end of the 19th century, posing health hazards and generally stinking up the streets. It all went away with the invention of the automobile. But one or two new problems arose as a result.
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