January 27, 2007

IT'S AMAZING. IT'S THE MIRRORS:

US: Use mirrors to solve global warming (Bonnie Malkin, 27/01/2007, Daily Telegraph)

The US government has called on the world's scientists to research using giant mirrors or reflective dust to slow global warming. [...]

Scientists have previously estimated that reflecting less than 1 per cent of sunlight back into space could compensate for the warming generated by all greenhouse gases emitted since the industrial revolution.

Possible techniques include putting a giant screen into orbit, thousands of tiny, shiny balloons, or microscopic sulphate droplets pumped into the high atmosphere to mimic the cooling effects of a volcanic eruption.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2007 5:53 PM
Comments

One Ice Age later: "Environmentalists blame Bush for global cooling due to giant mirrors."

Wasn't this in a Futurame episode? It went great until the mirror rotated and turned into a version of the Archimedes death ray, nearly incinerating Al Gore's head.

Posted by: Just John at January 27, 2007 6:32 PM

Futurama, that is. Preview is my friend.

Posted by: Just John at January 27, 2007 6:32 PM

If mirrors don't work, then let's try smoke. If that doesn't work, then maybe a combination of smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: AllenS at January 27, 2007 6:39 PM

Nuclear Winter will do the trick. Let's nuke the Norks and Chicoms.

Posted by: oj at January 27, 2007 6:45 PM

So, Gaia will decide to engage Sol. Not a good idea.

Posted by: ratbert at January 27, 2007 7:05 PM

I still like the approach of fertilizing the oceans with iron. Likely cheaper, no interference with astronomy, and we'd end up with more fish.

Posted by: PapayaSF at January 27, 2007 7:07 PM

Wasn't there a Highlander movie about this? And btw, it sucked really bad, I remember I laughed through the whole movie.

Posted by: KRS at January 28, 2007 2:00 AM

This one is way too easy!

Posted by: erp at January 28, 2007 8:38 AM

Or we could let the planet go through its normal heating and cooling cycles and leave well enough alone...sheesh!

Posted by: Bartman at January 28, 2007 9:30 AM

Well, space mirrors are cheaper than kneecapping the global economy. But then, what isnĀ“t?

Posted by: wf at January 28, 2007 5:30 PM
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