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Scientists at Harvard and Yale Suggest ‘Dimming the Sun’ to Fight Global Warming

Scientists at Harvard and Yale Suggest ‘Dimming the Sun’ to Fight Global Warming

“costs of $2.25 billion a year over a 15-year period”

Remember that episode of the Simpsons where Mr. Burns did this? That show has predicted pretty much everything.

CNN reports:

Dimming the sun: The answer to global warming?

Scientists are proposing an ingenious but as-yet-unproven way to tackle climate change: spraying sun-dimming chemicals into the Earth’s atmosphere.

The research by scientists at Harvard and Yale universities, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, proposes using a technique known as stratospheric aerosol injection, which they say could cut the rate of global warming in half.

The technique would involve spraying large amounts of sulfate particles into the Earth’s lower stratosphere at altitudes as high as 12 miles. The scientists propose delivering the sulfates with specially designed high-altitude aircraft, balloons or large naval-style guns.

Despite the technology being undeveloped and with no existing aircraft suitable for adaptation, the researchers say that “developing a new, purpose-built tanker with substantial payload capabilities would neither be technologically difficult nor prohibitively expensive.”

They estimate the total cost of launching a hypothetical system in 15 years’ time at around $3.5 billion, with running costs of $2.25 billion a year over a 15-year period.

The report does, however, acknowledge that the technique is purely hypothetical.


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The problem with this cure is that it will cause Global Cooling.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to ConradCA. | December 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I suggested a similar approach to slowing warming, triggering volcanic eruptions, perhaps with nukes. Iran and North Korea seem like good test sites.

    The difference between man and beast is use of levers, in this case the lever being used to harness the volcano to lower heat gain.

    While we are doing this we should also knock out all of Iran’s hydro electric and water reservoirs for grins.

Nobody will be impressed by this.

The Warmunists will hate it, as it would eliminate the need for control of everything which produces atmospheric carbon. That kills the dreams of vast wealth from a parasitic “carbon credits” scheme. And it eliminates any rationale for the draconian control of the industrial economy demanded by the Luddites and control freaks.

And the rest of us will recall the early computer days, when the press was running around asking what use a machine like UNIVAC 1 would be, and John von Neumann speculated that the huge computational power would enable calculation of the optimal points to dump stuff into the atmosphere to precipitate clouds, and thus control the weather. Machine computing has come a long way since then, but we still don’t see much in the way of weather control.

Morning Sunshine | November 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm

And I am remembering accounts of 1816 – the Year Without a Summer – when there were “sun-dimming” chemicals released into the atmosphere. It caused famine across the nascent United States and Europe. But then, maybe famine is a feature, not a bug (as my programmer husband likes to say) to the Global warming crowd.

What could possibly go wrong?

I have already commented on this in a more dedicated site to topic, but suffice it to say that this nonsense is far more about grant netting than actual science. The proposals go back to the 1950s with a bit of added technology, but basically are 1950s terra-forming ideas.
The pretense that global warming is a current issue is one that may allow a mediocre professor to buy a home in Cambridge.

Nothing the climate change experts predicted 20 years ago has happened and they were caught fudging the numbers. Unfortunately the media acts like it’s settle science and not a scam. Maybe we should get into a new climate change pact where China and India build hundreds of coal burning plants and we shut down our economy?

They tried a weaponized version of this in the matrix. It worked out well.

Exactly the same idea was the basis of the movie Snowpiercer.

This is a red flag that these idiots do not need to be teaching our youth.

In 2018 there were fewer sun spots than in previous years. For those living in the extreme northern areas they will tell you the aurora borealis has been smaller and less prevalent (they are a by-product of sun spots). If this trend of fewer sunspots continues there will be global cooling.

The “Global Warming” dummies ignore the fact that mankind has very little effect on our planets weather and temperature. The primary influencer has been and always will be the sun.

It goes without saying that if humans can engineer global warming, then humans can engineer a solution to global warming.

I’m not convinced that global warming is happening, if anything the data shows cooling since 1998.

But I fully support an engineering approach to the “problem,” over a corrupt global-government carbon tax or cap and trade scheme.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to rotten. | December 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I agree, which is why I suggested the possibility of triggering volcanic eruptions as a way to mitigate warming. There is also potential to relieve pressure buildup with smaller controlled eruptions.

    Mankind is capable of doing great things, we first need to completely sideline those who suffer from the Little Person Syndrome.

I eagerly await the Harvard/Yale Klingon Bird-of-prey time travel slingshot around the sun to just before the industrial revolution to set things right.