Harvard scientists intend to block out the sun’s rays from earth as a way to help stave off climate change. The geoengineering project is an attempt to cool the earth’s overall temperature.
The name of the project is SCoPEx, or, Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, and it will cost roughly $3 million for initial testing. By “testing,” that’s to say that this is no longer a concept, it’s a real thing.
If you are wondering where all the money for this project is deriving from, look no further than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
We reported on Harvard’s ambition to throw shade at our sun months ago.
UPDATE (June 29, 2019): 2020 Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, unveils massive geoengineering funding plan that supports blocking the sun.
Harvard Blocking Sun Concept Uses Balloon
The Harvard scientists will launch a maneuverable balloon into the stratosphere above the United States southwest region. The balloon will then programmatically release calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The initial test is slated for the spring of 2019 (so yes, within a year).
Scientists are basing the working concept on past volcanic eruptions, namely, the massive eruption of Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. Pinatubo’s eruption blew 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere. As you likely guessed, that sulfur dioxide formed a coating around the earth and caused a universal lowering of the earth’s core temperature (specifically, the earth cooled 0.5 °C as a result of the sulfur dioxide coating).
Climate Change Is Propelling Geoengineering
Let’s be honest, evolution based on science isn’t always bad. Pharmaceutical drugs save lives. Doctors inappropriately prescribing and over-prescribing pharmaceutical drugs damage our society (see the antibiotic collapse, the opioid addiction issue, and SSRI medications and Ritalin being linked to mass shootings).
Geoengineering has good features, like helping to produce rain for drought-stricken farmers.
But some feel blocking the sun may backfire.
As it stands, blocking the sun is now an acceptable concept by world leaders.
Most world governments are zoned in on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or extracting CO2 from the atmosphere. That’s what the entire the Paris Agreement involves. The concept of blocking out the sun is newer to the spectrum of powerful solutions to help slow climate change.
Pictured below is one of Harvard’s illustrations of our evil sun being blocked.
Computer Models May Not Understand The Consequences Of Blocking The Sun
Computer models may not understand what happens if scientist block the sun for longterm. Hence, the “controlled experiment” using calcium carbonate particles.
Will this result in more rain? Less rain? Dearth farmlands? More fires? A zombie apocalypse? Who knows?
A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report estimates for the reduced price of $10 billion per year, we can reduce the global temperature by 1.5 degrees Celcius.
Bill Nye The Science Guy pitched that he wanted to load up our oceans with ping pong balls as a way to reflect the sun back to into space.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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