Cool The Planet With A Large Dose Of Geoengineering

Geoengineering - Send sulfur dioxide into space to cool the planet.The Guardian posted an article, “Could an artificial volcano cool the planet by dimming the sun?,” about the feasibility of launching 1 to 5 million tons of sulfur dioxide 100,000 ft into the atmosphere to possibly lower the earth’s temperature by 1.8 – 3.6f. In order to have a lasting effect, this program would take 20 years and could cost anywhere from $8 to 700 billion dollars per year.

Sounds to me like a Lipitor for the earth. Hate to see the full disclaimer for this one. [Guardian]


Call It What You Will: Geoengineering or Climate Remediation. Either Way, Here Comes Crazy.

Geoengineering and Climate RemediationIf you haven’t seen the movies Contact, Deep Impact or Armageddon, you might want to soon to get an idea of what may have to happen on a national level to change the weather and outlook for our planet. The NY Times has a pretty scary article, Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change, that describes a bipartisan panel of scientists, former government officials, national security experts and their efforts to directly affect the earth’s climate and lower its temperature. The panel of 18 was brought together by the Bipartisan Policy Center and they’re acting on a United Nations report that global temperatures have risen 1.3 degrees in the last 100 years. We are not changing our ways enough to cutback on greenhouse gas emissions so the panel is investigating some pretty far out measures for curbing them. They include:

“Scattering particles in the air to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or stationing orbiting mirrors in space to reflect sunlight. A secondary technique includes spewing ocean water into the air to form clouds. – NY Times

The ideas behind geoengineering and climate remediation are not new and have been floated around for years. But the discussion has already expanded its reach from the national to a global arena and so has the scope of the potential fallout from any implementation. Check out the article and decide for yourself if this is to scare you or if it’s getting too real.