Global warming is a potentially big problem, as you may have heard. We’re releasing way too much pollution into the atmosphere. But here’s the random part — some scientists are suggesting we put even more pollution in the atmosphere. Yep, you read that right. Check it out :
If the sun warms the Earth too dangerously, the time may come to draw the shade. The “shade” would be a layer of pollution deliberately spewed into the atmosphere to help cool the planet. This over-the-top idea comes from prominent scientists, among them a Nobel laureate. … The Nobel Prize-winning scientist who first made the proposal is himself “not enthusiastic about it.”
So even the guy who suggested it doesn’t like the idea… so why is this even getting press? If I come up with some stupid idea, will newspapers around the world print it? The article has even more silliness, though :
“If human beings take it upon themselves to carry out something as massive and drastic as this, we need to be absolutely sure there are no side effects,” Pachauri said.
Philip Clapp, a veteran campaigner for emissions controls to curb warming, also sounded a nervous note, saying, “We are already engaged in an uncontrolled experiment by injecting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”
What?!? They’ve already injected greenhouse gases in the atmosphere?!? Isn’t that part of our problem? And who authorized this “uncontrolled experiment”? And now they want to do something similar again? I see some flaws in the slaw with this “plan” they have. Besides, this wouldn’t be a permanent solution — it would have to be repeated over and over again :
A massive dissemination of pollutants would be needed every year or two, as the sulfates precipitate from the atmosphere in acid rain.
I’d rather not increase the amount of acid rain, especially by people intentionally putting pollutants in the atmosphere. Who’s coming up with these crazy ideas?
There’s got to be some better solutions to solving global warming than polluting the air even more… So if any of you important scientists out there have any suggestions, speak up.