A new geoengineering research program has been established at the Tyndall Center at the University of East Anglia. This will surely go down as a milestone. The institute is named after the scientist that identified the greenhouse effect is now
forming a geoengineering institute, and the Tyndal Center has been viewed as
amongst the more conservative (cautious) thinkers in this area.
"The GeoEngineering Assessment and Research initiative (Gear) has now been set
up at UEA to assess the projects that have been suggested. Among the
geoengineering solutions that have been proposed are putting mirrors into
orbit to reflect sunlight away from Earth, and encouraging the growth of
plankton by pouring nutrients into the oceans.
“An increasing number of scientists are talking about Plan B now, the big,
global geoengineering things,” Professor Davies said. “That's one of the
reasons we've set up this centre - not that we think many of the aspects are
sensible but because we think it's necessary to assess them.”
Jamais Cascio also has some very insightful commentary on this.