Will Artificial Ice Shields Make The World's Weather Stable?
Society will look back and wonder what we were worried about with Global Warming, though not because it's a hoax.
Science has weighed in with all sorts of data showing climate instability, increased storm activity, acidifying seas, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, etc. Even if you believe that human activity is not to blame (wink, wink) and that the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and have absolutely nothing to do with industrialization - you'd still be right to be skeptical of any claim which promised a silver bullet. And yet that's exactly what a recent innovation by the Anglo-Mongolian company ECOS & AMI may hope to supply.
They set up a project in Mongolia last winter, taking water from a nearby river, pumped from holes in the surface ice. Nearby, they spray layer after layer of a water drops, until they have a huge artificial ice shield. Ostensibly, this is just for extra irrigation water in the springtime, when it thaws. But we can all see what potential there is in this technology, right? Problem solved.
Set up enough of these artificial ice shields, and the heat of spring will be used to melt ice in the high latitudes, and pull heat away from the places where summertime storms are formed. It would be a damping effect on the heat trend. The temperate climes should stay temperate as the circumpolar regions are filled with more ice.
The extra ice would make the world's weather stable. It would be a technological solution for a technical problem. You can learn more about this on Kickstarter, of all places, a crowdfunding website, which hosts a project called "Study in Temporary Ice Fields to Combat Global Warming."
Go figure - use the new technology to save us from technology. For more information on this project, or on another mad idea the scientist behind it has had - "Catching lightning for alternative energy" - keep your eyes glued to the Internet. But of course you already knew that.
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