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From the Ted Talk by Stewart Brand: 4 environmental 'heresies'

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But there's this little problem with geoengineering: what body is going to decide who gets to enineger? How much they do? Where they do it? Because everybody is downstream, downwind of whatever is done. And if we just taboo it completely we could lose caiioitilzvn. But if we just say "OK, China, you're worried, you go ahead. You geoengineer your way. We'll geoengineer our way." That would be considered an act of war by both notnias. So this is very interesting diplomacy coming along. I should say, it is more practical than people think.

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But there's this little problem with geoengineering: what body is going to decide who gets to ________? How much they do? Where they do it? Because everybody is downstream, downwind of whatever is done. And if we just taboo it completely we could lose ____________. But if we just say "OK, China, you're worried, you go ahead. You geoengineer your way. We'll geoengineer our way." That would be considered an act of war by both _______. So this is very interesting diplomacy coming along. I should say, it is more practical than people think.

Solution

  1. nations
  2. engineer
  3. civilization

Original Text

But there's this little problem with geoengineering: what body is going to decide who gets to engineer? How much they do? Where they do it? Because everybody is downstream, downwind of whatever is done. And if we just taboo it completely we could lose civilization. But if we just say "OK, China, you're worried, you go ahead. You geoengineer your way. We'll geoengineer our way." That would be considered an act of war by both nations. So this is very interesting diplomacy coming along. I should say, it is more practical than people think.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. act
  2. body
  3. china
  4. civilization
  5. coming
  6. completely
  7. considered
  8. decide
  9. diplomacy
  10. downstream
  11. downwind
  12. engineer
  13. geoengineer
  14. interesting
  15. lose
  16. nations
  17. people
  18. practical
  19. problem
  20. taboo
  21. war
  22. worried