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Sun Goes Down on “Make Sunsets” Climate Change Project after Mexico Cracks Down on Plans

Sun Goes Down on “Make Sunsets” Climate Change Project after Mexico Cracks Down on Plans

While volcanic activity has dropped Earth’s temperatures, concerns focused on the wisdom of releasing sulfur compounds into the atmosphere intentionally.

A few weeks ago, the buzz was that a start-up called “Make Sunsets” would use sulfur-based compounds to counter what “experts” assert is runaway man-caused global warming.

Researchers have largely focused on the idea of injecting sulfur aerosols into the stratosphere, 12 miles into the air, to reflect sunlight and cool down the Earth. Nature does this already: After Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991, sending 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide spewing into the atmosphere, global temperatures fell by about 1 degree Fahrenheit the following year.

Now, as temperatures around the world continue to rise, “stratospheric solar geoengineering,” as it’s called, is inching ahead. In 2021, the National Academies of Science released a report recommending that the United States “cautiously pursue” solar geoengineering research given the urgency of climate change. The White House is coordinating a five-year research plan. A major project at Harvard University to use balloons to test releasing sulfur particles in the atmosphere, SCoPEx, has been in the works for years.

This is a fascinating development. I am old enough to remember the perils of “acid raid” caused by the acids generated from those sulfur compounds mixed with atmospheric water.

The ecological effects of acid rain are most clearly seen in aquatic environments, such as streams, lakes, and marshes where it can be harmful to fish and other wildlife. As it flows through the soil, acidic rain water can leach aluminum from soil clay particles and then flow into streams and lakes. The more acid that is introduced to the ecosystem, the more aluminum is released.

Some types of plants and animals are able to tolerate acidic waters and moderate amounts of aluminum. Others, however, are acid-sensitive and will be lost as the pH declines. Generally, the young of most species are more sensitive to environmental conditions than adults. At pH 5, most fish eggs cannot hatch. At lower pH levels, some adult fish die. Some acidic lakes have no fish. Even if a species of fish or animal can tolerate moderately acidic water, the animals or plants it eats might not. For example, frogs have a critical pH around 4, but the mayflies they eat are more sensitive and may not survive pH below 5.5.

Sulfur dioxide can be extremely irritating and potentially damaging to the human respiratory system.

  • People with lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema will generally have more serious health effects at higher SO2 levels.
  • Children are at higher risk from SO2 exposure because their lungs are still developing. They are also more likely to have asthma, which can get worse with SO2 exposure.
  • Older adults may be more affected by SO2 exposure, possibly because they are more likely to have pre-existing lung or cardiovascular disease.
  • Active people of all ages who exercise or work outdoors have higher exposure to sulfur dioxide than people who are less active.

In the wake of what “experts” have done in the name of pandemic control, many have expressed concern about the nature of the project. Mexico has now cracked down on the project.

The tiny startup Make Sunsets, which had been experimenting with releasing sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight in order to cool the earth, said Wednesday it would cease operations for the time being and review its approach after the Mexican government cracked down on solar geoengineering.

…On Friday, the government of Mexico issued a statement that it plans to “prohibit and, where appropriate, stop experimentation practices with solar geoengineering in the country.”

The statement said, “The opposition to these climatic manipulations is based on the fact that there are currently no international agreements that address or supervise solar geoengineering activities, which represent an economically advantageous way out for a minority and risky for the supposed remediation of climate change.”

Gracias, Mexico!


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Nothing could go right with this

Acid rain is absolutely a no-brainer.
These kids all think that history started when they learned to read.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | January 23, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    Yeah. This seems like a grossly stupid idea that the adults should have stopped before it got off the whiteboard stage. These knuckleheads want to dump contaminants into the atmosphere in an attempt to change the planetary climate without any true understanding or respect for the potential bad outcomes. Talk about Hubris.

    Well, the most deranged and corrupt of our generation taught them. And we let them.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | January 23, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    There is an arrogance of youth, and sometimes middle age. They lack the perspective which comes with age. For all of us, by the time we have a reasonable understanding of the choices we have made, it is too late.

Someone’s been reading Neal Stephenson’s latest book.

    Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | January 23, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    Seriously, either the people behind this read Stephenson’s book, or he read their proposal. I don’t know which came first.

    Or at least they both read the same sources.

      daniel_ream in reply to Milhouse. | January 24, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      I don’t know how long Stephenson took to write the book, but the idea of seeding the atmosphere with reflective aerosols to combat t3h globall warmening has been around for at least ten years. I’m fairly certain there’s a Simpsons episode.

I suspect this is a scam to fleece the true believers.

Close The Fed | January 23, 2023 at 9:43 pm

What a relief. The hubris….

thou shalt not worship false idols….

Thine own understanding

RepublicanRJL | January 24, 2023 at 6:17 am

I also recall acid rain protection for your car was claimed by car wax manufactures when it was just a way to sell product. Same formula.

I recall that spitting on someone during the AIDS epidemic was a crime.

I recall when bacon was first good, then bad, now it’s okay.

I recall when eggs was considered the perfect food, then it was bad and now good again.

All claimed by the ‘experts’. Just like COVID jabs.

William Downey | January 24, 2023 at 8:28 am

Solar geoengineering, what could go wrong?

BiteYourTongue | January 24, 2023 at 9:17 am

The Global elite showing us once again, how stupid they are.

smalltownoklahoman | January 24, 2023 at 9:57 am

Some cartoon villain plots to block sunlight were less stupid than this.

Russ from Winterset | January 24, 2023 at 10:18 am

What could go wrong with a plan to reverse the effects of global warming?

Well, if you follow pop culture, there’s the first few minutes of the “Snowpiercer” movie. The movie, not the TNT miniseries, which was a socialist mishmash of crap. The movie was crap too, but it was unapologetically over the top schlock rather than Marxist virtue signaling, so I give it more of a pass.

What happens if you put just the right amount of SO2 into the atmosphere to stop “global warming”, and then a huge volcano erupts and spits even more into the atmosphere, causing a catastrophic drop of the global average temperature, leading to world-wide collapses in food chains and crop failures? Is there a plan to scrub excess SO2 from the air? Is it technically feasible? How much would it cost? How quickly could it be done?

Well, that would be perfect. Gotta wonder, after hearing some of these loons talk, if plans like this are actually meant to cause catastrophe.

Anyone remember acid rain, a major existential problem before the ozone holes and the Global warming?

Sulphur dioxide from burning coal in power stations and domestic fires was acidifying the atmosphere and causing serious damage to the World’s forests.

So we spent an astronomical amount of money installing scrubbers on the smokestacks of the boilers that were burning coal and converting domestic heating to smokeless fuel, and the acid rain problem was averted.

Now these crackpots want to pump sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere again…

You couldn’t make it up!