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Human Engineering: Should We Change Our Bodies To Battle A Warmer Climate? (VIDEO)

10/22/2012 07:52 am ET | Updated Oct 22, 2012

What will we do if in the future, global climate change makes the world increasingly difficult to inhabit? Unwilling to give up hope, some scientists and engineers have suggested creative solutions--"hacking the planet," so to speak. But extreme measures of geoengineering (like reducing sunlight by creating sulfur clouds in the upper atmosphere) could have unintended consequences, since we've never attempted such large-scale interventions.

New York University bioethicist Dr. Matthew Liao has some ideas of his own. He recommends "biomedical modification of human beings so that they can mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change." And although he sees these as improvements on geoengineering (which he calls "very dangerous"), some might argue that his take on bioengineering is equally extreme.

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