Climate Change Apathy: More Americans Believe Their Actions Will Not Slow Down Climate Change.

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication

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According to a survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, fewer Americans feel their individual actions will slow down climate change than they did 4 years ago. From the NY Times article:

“Sixty percent said energy-saving habits could help curb climate change if they were adopted by most Americans, down from 78 percent in 2008…”

The authors of the survey did find positives including the increased use of low-energy CFL light bulbs and more carpoolers and mass-transit riders. But this doesn’t take away from the key result of the survey that more Americans feel climate change is out of our control. What would reverse the downward trend and change people’s minds? Maybe telling them geoengineering is plan b. Consume less [NY Times]

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Consume Less Of Everything Now Or A Future Remedy May Be Seeding The Stratosphere With Sulfuric Acid.

Geoengineering Methods - Climatecentral.orgFrom the Holy Crap! file comes this GigaOM post, “Rx for a carbon-warmed planet: Sulfuric acid?” about David Keith’s worst-case scenario solution to counter the effects of global warming. How does it work? A fleet of customized Gulfstream jets would seed the stratosphere with droplets of sulfuric acid that would deflect sunlight. Yes, it’s preventable geoengineering at its scariest. [GigaOM, GigaOM]

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If You Can Afford It, You Can Consume It: Britney Spears Electric Bill For One Month Was $5,629.43.

Britney Spears electric bill.Holy sheesh – $5,629.43 for one month of electricity! Her gas and water bills are nuts too and my guess is she’s rarely home. I’m not going to cast a lot of hate on Ms. Spears but seeing her monthly utility bill kind of kicks Jubbling’s consume less mantra in the middle. It’s starting to make the crazy geoengineering ideas sound more viable and necessary because obviously, some people are going to consume as much as they can for as long as they can afford it. [TMZ]

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Start Consuming Less Immediately Or They’ll Blow Up Asteroids To Create A Sunshade.

Geoengineering:  Corralling and blowing up an asteroid to create a sunshade.Prevent this tragedy! A team from Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, proposed corralling and then blowing up an asteroid to create a dust sunshade that’ll block the sun’s rays and offset an expected 2 °C increase in mean global temperature. Just another example of geoengineering gone wild.

So if we do get desperate, and decide to go this route, we might as well practice on the moon. [ScienceDirect via Inhabitat]

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Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disaster: Not In 40 Years, Not In 30 Years – One Expert Predicts It’ll Happen In 4!

Arctice sea ice melt since 1979. NASA, NRDCNow this is scary. We’ve all heard the dire predictions about the Arctic ice melt that give us 20+ years to not act. But Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University, an expert on Arctic sea ice, is putting it all out there by predicting that the Arctic sea ice will collapse around the time of the 2016 Olympics. From the Guardian:

“Climate change is no longer something we can aim to do something about in a few decades’ time, and that we must not only urgently reduce CO2 emissions but must urgently examine other ways of slowing global warming, such as the various geoengineering ideas that have been put forward.”

What’s even scarier is knowing that Professor Wadham, who has spent years studying and measuring Arctic sea ice, now recommends going with geoengineering as a viable solution to slow down the melt and global warming.

Check out the article for more info on the implications of an Arctic ice melt. Professor Wadham really changes the game by predicting an Arctic ice melt disaster and accelerated global warming before most of think we’ll be able to live on Mars. [Guardian]

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Jubbling To Geoengineers: Um, Any Chance We Could Put The Whole Space Mirror Thing To Rest?

Space mirror makes the sun look fat.Have you read the book Contact by Carl Sagan or seen the movie with Jodie Foster? Well it’s entertaining and tells the story of nations coming together and spending trillions of dollars to send space travelers through wormholes in order to reach the source of a message from the Milky Way galaxy. It sounds far flung but when the story is compared to the Live Science article, Could Space Mirrors Stop Global Warming?, which is about installing a Greenland sized space mirror to block the sun’s rays, the space-transport effort in Contact seems more plausible.

In all fairness, the article doesn’t recommend space mirrors but explains how they should and couldn’t work. Some of the key points are that it would take a fleet of 5 million spacecraft in order to install 600,000 sq. miles of space mirrors. The mirrors would then have to be interconnected in space with the goal of blocking 1-2% of the sun’s rays. And oh, the gains from reflecting the solar radiation with the space mirrors might take 50 years to reverse / slow down the effects global warming. I would go into more detail about space mirrors, including the trillions2 it would cost, but you just have to read the article to get the full craziness.

So scientists, at your next climate conference, don’t get suckered and just walk past the table with the signup sheet for the Space Mirror Feasibility Committee. Space mirrors are a goof, possibly put out by climate deniers, that’ll waste your time. Avoiding is a better alternative to pursuing this nut-brain idea. [Live Science]

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