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Scientists outline outrageous plan to refreeze the North and South Poles

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2022 · Comment icon 28 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 (28)

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Essan 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Never met a genius with low IQ before, nice to make your acquaintance...  ~
Comment icon #22 Posted by Freez1 2 years ago
At least we have a backup plan when it gets to hot
Comment icon #23 Posted by openozy 2 years 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.
Comment icon #24 Posted by LadyPhoenix 1 year ago
How stupid are these people?  One, the poles aren't melting.  Overall, there is more ice, not less.  A tiny area with a little less isn't a global catastrophe.  Two, ten thousand flights a month for how long, to "reduce warming" that isn't happening, by adding all of that exhaust?  Really?  Three, leave the freaking weather alone.  These alarmist know nothing, think they know a lot, and are more dangerous than anything most of us do regularly. 
Comment icon #25 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I agree!   All weaather scientists (the reasl ones) KNOW that when you mess with the weather in one region it affects the rest of the world.   The planet weather/atmosphere is a closed system.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Myles 1 year ago
wouldn't it be cheaper to install reflective panels.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
Maybe it is the petroleum companies that are sponsoring this.
Comment icon #28 Posted by LadyPhoenix 1 year ago
Exactly, and they don't ask anyone else's opinion, nor for permission; they just assume that whatever they decide should be done is a good idea.  I find it a bit ironic that those claiming people are messing u the weather demand to do so themselves.

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