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5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering
2. Wrap Greenland In A Blanket
Greenland is the largest island in the world, so wrapping it in a blanket sounds wildly impractical – but that is exactly what Dr Jason Box, a glaciologist from Ohio State University, proposes. The professor believes that if the world covers the country’s glaciers with blankets, this will be enough to reflect the sun’s rays and prevent the ice caps from melting. Interestingly, the universities of Innsbruck and Zurich are already using this technology in the Alps on the Zugspitze glacier.
Box and his team have previously tested their theory as part of a Discovery Channel documentary. They used 31 giant rolls of specially designed white polypropylene blankets to cover a total surface area of 10,000 square meters.
Foil wasn’t used because it isn’t good at insulating objects beneath it. The blankets absorb this heat above the blanket and stops it from reaching the ice below, keeping it intact.
3. Make More Clouds
Last year NASA and Bill Gates teamed up to hatch plans for a seawater-spraying machine that could prevent climate change by creating clouds that reflect sunlight away from earth. The machines could suck up ten tons of water per second and then spray it over 3,000 feet into the air, increasing the density of clouds. Although the plan would help to mitigate climate change, it would take a large amount of energy to power each individual ship – and a study showed that it would it take 1,900 ships at a cost of over $7 billion to stop Earth’s temperature from rising.
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