Scientists Debate Earth ‘Shade’ As Potental Climate Solution

June 17, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Scientists have begun conducting research in earnest on a solution to global warming that was first introduced ten years ago, NPR reports.

The idea to launch particles of dust into the atmosphere to deflect the Sun’s rays was first brought up to Ken Caldeira, a Stanford climate researcher, but Lowell Wood, a scientist specializing in the creation of nuclear weaponry.

“He basically said, ‘We don’t have to bother with emissions reduction. We can just throw aerosols (little dust particles) into the stratosphere, and that’ll cool the earth.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, that’ll never work.’ ”

The idea has caused both alarm and excitement in the scientific community, as studies show that the solution is a valid (and affordable) one.

But even Caldeira, who is pushing for funding for a massive scale project, is afraid of being able “to toy with our environment, or our whole climate system at a planetary scale.”

But as the global warming problems moves from a theory to worldwide emergency, most seem to be agreeing that the need for such a drastic measure may possibly be needed.

Others are wondering if this is the best time to try such dangerous experiments.

“It’s not clear that during some supposed climate emergency would be the right time to try this new and unexplored technique,” David Keith, a researcher at the University of Calgary, commented on the idea.


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2 Responses to “Scientists Debate Earth ‘Shade’ As Potental Climate Solution”

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  2. Old Man Dotes on June 17th, 2009 1:34 pm

    We are already clearly in trouble. This *is* the best time to try this new and unexplored technique. Or perhaps we should wait until humans are extinct? /sarcasm

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