Our political “representatives”, and I use that term very loosely, would be expecting us to pay for this project and “we” supposedly elected them. If this or anything like it happens, such as artificial sun-blocking clouds, then there will be no one left to write it off to best intentions.
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology believe that we can mitigate the worst of climate change with… space bubbles. They’ve outlined a strategy in which a huge raft of bubbles, carefully positioned between Earth and the Sun, would deflect sunlight (and thus heat) to stop further global warming.
“Geoengineering might be our final and only option. Yet, most geoengineering proposals are earth-bound, which poses tremendous risks to our living ecosystem,” a web page dedicated to the solution reads. “If we deflect 1.8 percent of incident solar radiation before it hits our planet, we could fully reverse today’s global warming.”
The bubble array would be made of inflatable shields of thin silicon or another suitable material, according to the team. Thebubble cluster would be placed in outer space at a Lagrange Point, where the Sun’s and Earth’s gravitational pulls create a stable orbit. The researchers also said that if the plan becomes a reality in the future, the completed array would be roughly the size of Brazil.
They admitted that one of the main concerns with their proposal would be the logistics of fabricating a large film, transporting it into space, and then unfolding it to form the bubble raft. They suggested fabricating the spheres in outer space to minimize shipping costs.
“[The] bubbles can be intentionally destroyed by breaking their surface equilibrium, this would make the solar geoengineering solution fully reversible and significantly reduce space debris,” the MIT researchers wrote in a statement.
They also pointed to the difficulties of maintaining the integrity of the bubble shield. “Effective replenishment rate will be studied to ensure the shield maintains its size, together with strategies to guarantee a smooth end-of-life transition.”
This isn’t the first space-based solution proposed to block the Sun in some way. In 2017, a study suggested an Earth-sized shield to stop solar flares from messing with our communication systems.
But why go to such extremes (which surely have unforeseen risks and consequences)? The MIT researchers described the proposed space bubbles as something to supplement other climate change mitigation efforts, but it is still a speculative plan, and other solutions currently exist.
If the political will, funding, and technology is available for these high-tech solutions, the same should be possible for much more reasonable solutions, like putting a stop new oil and gas drilling projects.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we only have a a jarring three-year deadline to curb our emissions and stop climate disaster. Our current fossil fuel infrastructure is enough to push us over that edge, and we can prevent that by keeping the oil in the ground and working to decarbonize our systems.
People in the U.S. are already suffering the consequences of years of emissions. Some of the largest water reservoirs on the West Coast and in the Southwest are drying up. Several states are experiencing a dangerous heatwave right now, and cities all over the country are implementing water restrictions due to widespread drought.
We don’t exactly have the time to tinker around in space, hope that it works, and then continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Enough with the fear and climate BS. Vote your politicians out of office. No doubt they funded the study or similar study in your neck of the woods.
What could go wrong? The next ice ball planet earth in the next, great ice age accompanied by extinction of all life on Earth except a few deep sea creatures. All thanks to the actions of “scientists” such as these and those who fund them or do nothing to stop them.
The so-called “scientists” apparently neglected to read the study showing 16% to 19% error in CO2 measurements from sub-zero degree C ice, as in arctic and Greenland ice core drillings, an error larger than all human CO2 emissions. They base their estimates, theories and climate models on these bubbles-in-ice measurements and assume CO2 concentration was stable around 290 ppm in the pre-industrial world, even though that claim contradicts their tree ring and similar proxy studies. (Trees and plants do not grow so well in low CO2 concentrations.)
What about the well-know Little Ice Age (16th to the 19th centuries), ya know, when George Washington crossed the Delaware river to surprise the British troops sent by King George to force the revolutionary colonists to pay his tax on tea, and carnivals were held on the frozen Thames through London and the canals of Holland? Do these “scientists” imagine that CO2 concentration was NOT increasing dramatically as the planet dramatically warmed after that Little Ice Age,? Well, unfortunately, they do. They tell us that CO2 concentration has increased 50% since those pre-industrial Little Ice Age days, but they neglect to mention that most of the CO2 increase occurred in the rapid warming that immediately followed the Little Ice Age, more than 100 years before SUV’s.
Net zero caveat emptor. Time to remove our so-called green politicians. All of them.