The Outlandish, Scary Schemes Being Studied To Cool The Planet

Submitted by: trimble 8 months ago in Science


An excerpt from Bloomberg:

To scientists who study geoengineering, this is within the realm of possibility. The idea is to manipulate the climate, by planting millions of trees to clear the air or -- at the other extreme -- creating a mirror of chemicals in the heavens to reflect the sun’s heat away from Earth. Some of the schemes are outlandish, if not downright scary. A small though increasingly vocal band of experts in the field contends the options must at least be explored.

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Male 6,943
This strikes me as one of those things that people like us will have absolutely no say in.

If the rich riches of the world decide to build a giant mirror of chemicals to repel the sun, there wouldn't be a thing we could do to stop them, Any more than we could stop nuclear missle launches.

Let's just hope that isn't their decision.
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Male 1,284
daegog "This strikes me as one of those things that people like us will have absolutely no say in."
I'd argue people "like us", the ignorant masses, who barely understand climate science and many of whom aren't sure whether global warming is caused by man, SHOULD NOT have a say in it.
Fortunately the public perception has been changing:

"Whatever the reason, the percentage of Americans worrying a great deal about global warming is at a record high, as is Americans' belief that its effects have already begun and that human activity is the major cause. Still, less than half worry greatly about global warming or believe it poses a serious threat to their lives." - Gallup poll

"Let's just hope that isn't their decision."
The rich have the money to pay the smartest scientists to advise them. With their limited knowledge the ignorant masses cannot begin to evaluate their proposals. 

The way it's going to work: 
Step 1. The rich pay scientists to develop solutions, that ensure their well-being. 
Step 2. The scientists will test the solutions and argue about which one is best.
Step 3. An advertisement campaign, paid by the rich, will dictate to the masses what the best and only solution is.
Step 4. The ignorant masses will employ their free will to vote and pass the solution the rich have deemed best.
Step 5. Profit (for the rich)?
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Male 1,709
boredhuman Step 6. The rich will just do whatever the hell they want anyway.
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Male 1,836
any scheme that is not reversible should be banned.  Like adding reflective aerosols to the upper atmosphere....what if the idiot scientists go too far and trigger a new ice age?
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spanz Banned by whom?

As for 'idiot scientists', if the idiot politicians are happy to say that the scientists are wrong about humans causing climate change, then why should they care what a subset of humans do to try and address it?
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Male 1,836
barry9a Banned by countries that are sane and have BIG ARMIES!  Like if North Korea tries to do this, just bomb the shit out of their rocket pads until they just resemble fused glass
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Male 1,836
spanz Some people seem to have an unwavering and ill founded trust of scientists.  Don't forget, scientists developed chemical and biological weapons, developed agent orange, told us at one time that smoking cigarettes was safe...do i need to go on?



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Male 1,709
spanz Actually scientists said smoking is bad for us all along. DOCTORS said it was good for us. Medicine is the step-child of science.
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Male 6,943
spanz Never met or heard of a single person that had unwavering trusts of scientists.

Scientists created the item you are using to whine about them on, why don't you stop trusting them too and stop using it.
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Male 8,979
I have no problems with studying options. But short of planting trees (everybody's onboard with planting trees, right?), any scientists and politicians are going to need global consensus before acting on any kind of global cure if there's any risk involved.
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Male 326
squrlz4ever Is this a plot to promote subsidized squirrel housing? Very suspect... 
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Male 8,979
johndplorable I'd like to promote the idea of planting oak trees in particular. We get acorns and living space, you guys get more oxygen to offset your carbon dioxide emissions. It's a win-win.
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Male 326
squrlz4ever Ok, that's an astute proposal. I'm seriously considering donating to your PAC. How does the sound of The Honorable Senator Squrlz strike you? We'd have to get this going before some idiot wants to form a committee or order a 10-year impact study.
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Male 8,979
johndplorable "Senator Squrlz" has a delightful ring to it. Alas, I'm not sure the U.S. Supreme Court would be onboard with a rodent running for national office. 
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Male 5,177
squrlz4ever One has to hope that everybody's on board with planting trees. 
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Male 8,979
trimble Yes. Trees are good. As a squirrel, that is one of my core beliefs.
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Male 5,177
squrlz4ever Yep, and I think they eat Co2 and replace it with O2. 
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Male 12,817
how about no.
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