Monday, December 21, 2009

A "fix" for global warming

An American entrepreneur, Nathan Myhrvold, has a plan to cool the planet and "solve" the "problem" of global warming.  According to this story, Myhrvold proposes "running a hose up to the stratosphere with balloons and using that hose to pump out enough sulfur particles to dim the sun's heat just enough to counteract the effects of global warming.  The estimated cost would be around two hundred and fifty million dollars."

So many thoughts and so little time . . . 

First, since the planet has actually been cooling off over the past several years, it might make sense to wait until we actually experience "global warming" again before attempting any artificial cooling.

Second, it would pay to remember the law of unintended consequences before attempting any artificial cooling of the planet.  We've got a pretty complex ecosystem here on Earth - intentionally dickering with it might actually get us in more trouble than we have right now.

And third, if (and it is a massive IF) global warming was actually a threat to the planet, Myhrvold's "fix" or something like it would make a heck of a lot more sense and have a heck of a lot more of an effect than reducing CO2 emissions.

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