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Blotting Out Sun May Soon Be Banned


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:24 PM

news.discovery.com said:

Blotting out the sun has been the dream of many arch-villains, including The Simpson's Mr  Burns. Their schemes may soon be foiled by the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity.

Super villains aren't the only ones who want to shade the Earth from the sun. Blocking some of the sun's rays could slow climate change by reducing the amount of sunlight warming the Earth, say some researchers, such as Roger Angel of the University of Arizona.

The Convention may consider banning or limiting research into space sunshades. Some question their wisdom. A space sunshade would have a rapid effect on global warming and provide time to develop more permanent measures, they say. The technique has already received serious attention from NASA and other organizations.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:14 PM

Well that is one of my evil plans foiled already.


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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:19 PM

can anyone say ice age.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:59 PM

The convention is a joke.


Even if the sun shades acted as just a bandage it would buy us valuable time for us to try and get our act together.


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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:48 PM

And what happens when the sunshades instead let the wealthy business interests (and short-range-thinking general population) keep pumping out more and more CO2 without detriment, and then some natural disaster or economic collapse or what have you prevents us from repairing/maintaining the shield?  All it does is mask the real problem with an unstable fix.


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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:03 AM

View PostTorgo, on 19 October 2010 - 09:48 PM, said:

And what happens when the sunshades instead let the wealthy business interests (and short-range-thinking general population) keep pumping out more and more CO2 without detriment, and then some natural disaster or economic collapse or what have you prevents us from repairing/maintaining the shield?  All it does is mask the real problem with an unstable fix.
Exactly :tu:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 01:01 PM

View PostTorgo, on 19 October 2010 - 09:48 PM, said:

And what happens when the sunshades instead let the wealthy business interests (and short-range-thinking general population) keep pumping out more and more CO2 without detriment, and then some natural disaster or economic collapse or what have you prevents us from repairing/maintaining the shield?  All it does is mask the real problem with an unstable fix.


Even if that is a possible risk, I honestly believe that this conventions fear is more similar to the LHC fear with doomsday nonsense.


I do think BOTH should be cracked down on. I think research into the shields should still go ahead and be used, and at the same time crack down on the co2 emissions. I know the shields are a temporary fix I am not saying they are not, but they are still a band aid for a problem while we work on correcting the serious problem.


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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:16 PM

Our arrows will..


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:18 PM

View PostShrine Builder, on 20 October 2010 - 06:16 PM, said:

Our arrows will..

300 reference for the win! In the end, all our major problems are attributable to Human Nature. We are what we are, so either Nature made a big ****ing mistake, or we serve a purpose. Mistake/accident go hand in hand, if you think there's no underlying control of nature. If you want any fix to work, first solve the underlying problem: our nature.


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:31 PM

Blotting out the sun is as bad an idea as artificial volcanoes.





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