Solar Geoengineering: Should We Be Afraid or Very Afraid? 

I hesitate to blog about this topic because I am no expert on climate. I am, however, an inhabitant of our planet, and I am quite aware that we are in trouble. So, consider this  blog as adding my voice to the alarm bells. 

Dire circumstances require dire action. Heard that? I have. And the planet is in dire circumstances. If something doesn’t get done—of course, it may already be too late—we are all going to drown, or starve, or burn up! We know what we should have done, could have done, but didn’t do. Reduce carbon emissions. Reduce population (without the use of war). But no. 

Now it’s being reported that an experimental process, which has been around for several decades but considered too sci-fi and potentially disastrous, is being funded by the USA to the tune of $100 million dollars! 

According to The Guardian, the major types of experiments include the following:  

A) Stratospheric aerosol injection: Airplanes release tiny aerosol particles that reflect light back into space. 

B) Cirrus cloud thinning: The least understood method, seeding thin cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere with ice nuclei, could reduce their lifespan and increase cooling. 

C) Marine cloud brightening: Boats release aerosol particles that increase the reflectivity of low clouds. 

I’m just adding these to the list of things that keep me up at night!  

Published by Carole J. Garrison

I’m a conversationalist, an observer, a passionate participant in life. And now, in my later years, I’m a recorder of the lessons of my life through essays, stories, and novels. I live in the fourth moment of life, just outside the normal distribution of most people and it is from this place that I write.

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