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Scientists outline outrageous plan to refreeze the North and South Poles

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2022 · Comment icon 23 comments

Should we really be meddling with Earth's atmosphere ? Image Credit: NASA
The controversial plan would involve using a fleet of 125 tanker jets to shroud part of the Earth's atmosphere.
Some climate experts have recently warned that human activities have pushed global warming passed a 'tipping point', making the melting of the ice caps a practical inevitability.

Now though, a new study headed up by Wake Smith from Yale University has put forward a controversial plan to refreeze the North and South Poles and stop the issue in its tracks.

To achieve this, scientists propose spraying microscopic aerosol particles into the atmosphere.

The particles - primarily sulphur dioxide - would be sprayed in two large clouds in both hemispheres at around 43,000ft where they would drift towards the poles and cast a slight shadow over them.

This, in turn, would reduce the temperature and minimize ice loss.
To accomplish such a feat, the scientists propose using a fleet of 125 military air-to-air refueling tankers that would be required to conduct 175,000 flights a year.

If this all sound a bit iffy, then that's because it is - not least due to the potential unintended consequences of spraying such large amounts of particles into the atmosphere, but also because of the sheer logistics involved in launching more than 10,000 flights every month.

The study's authors, however, remain adamant that it would be a beneficial exercise.

"If the risk-benefit equation were to pay off anywhere, it would be at the poles," said Smith.

"Any intentional turning of the global thermostat would be of common interest to all of humanity."

Given the sheer scale and impact of the project, however, it would most likely need the approval and support of the international community before it could ever realistically go ahead.

Source: Sky News | Comments (23)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by fred_mc 9 days ago
Sounds totally unrealistic.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Desertrat56 9 days ago
The planet will survive, it is the humans and animals that won't.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ell 9 days ago
This must be a proposal by high IQ psychopaths, who by definition have the good sense of a dead brick.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Desertrat56 9 days ago
Why do you think they are high IQ? They obviously don't understand that we live in a closed system and how weather on one part of the world affects weather in another part of the world. I don't think IQ has anything to do with it anyway.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Vox 9 days ago
Evidently, these gentlemen have never watched the Animatrix.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Essan 9 days ago
To be fair, the authors of this paper are not suggesting this should be done - only that if we chose to geoengineer cooling it would work if we did it this way and would be cheaper/easier than previous studies have suggested.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Ell 9 days ago
Psychopath tend to have a high IQ, especially when they are scientists. Having a high IQ often is associated with being incredibly dumb, as e.g. applies to psychopaths and narcissists.
Comment icon #21 Posted by SHaYap 9 days ago
Never met a genius with low IQ before, nice to make your acquaintance... ~
Comment icon #22 Posted by Freez1 5 days ago
At least we have a backup plan when it gets to hot
Comment icon #23 Posted by openozy 5 days ago
Everyone knows that is the answer but I'm afraid greed puts a stop to it, human rights as well. Well there won't be any humans left soon to have rights. Probably what the planet needs anyway. Let's go look for another planet to inhabit and ultimately destroy. Great plan.

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