Monday, January 29, 2007
US gov't suggests blocking the sun to prevent global warming
They are serious.
From the Sidney Morning Herald
THE US wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming.Of course, this might upset the oil companies, as they are already keen to take full advantage of the melting Artic ice. Via ThinkProgress
It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a UN report on climate change.
The Arctic region contains a quarter of the world’s remaining oil reserves, experts estimate. It also contains massive natural gas fields in the Barents Sea, including Russia’s huge Shtokman field. “By 2040 or 2050, the Arctic Ocean will be navigable and that will mean significant developments very soon,” said ArcticNet research group head Martin Fortier.