Gallery: Bill Gates Endorses Large Scale Geo-Engineering Projects

 

Geo-engineering (the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the environment to combat anthropogenic changes in atmospheric chemistry) has long been touted as a way to counteract the catastrophic effects of global warming, but has been considered dangerous by some as it interferes with the world’s delicate ecosystems. However the controversial practice has now received a boost from some of the wealthiest men in the world – including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The group of billionaires has been funding a small team of leading climate scientists and are lobbying governments and international bodies to back geo-engineering experiments to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Gates has already worked with NASA on a geo-engineering project that proposes creating a seawater-spraying machine that could prevent climate change by forming 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.

Now it seems Gates and his friends have come up with more plans to try and save the world. Among them is a project that would see the spraying of millions of tonnes of reflective particles of sulphur dioxide 30 miles above Earth. They argue that it would be a “plan B” if the UN and politicians cannot agree to making the necessary cuts in greenhouse gases. However not all scientists agree and several are saying such technology could undermine efforts to reduce emissions. Meanwhile some developing countries fear it could be used as a weapon or by rich countries to their advantage. It is therefore not surprising to learn that there is concern about Gates and his cabal, and that their finances and small but influential group of scientists may have a disproportionate effect on major decisions about geoengineering research and policy.

“We will need to protect ourselves from vested interests [and] be sure that choices are not influenced by parties who might make significant amounts of money through a choice to modify climate, especially using proprietary intellectual property,” said Jane Long, director at large for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, in a paper delivered to a recent geoengineering conference on ethics.

“The stakes are very high and scientists are not the best people to deal with the social, ethical or political issues that geoengineering raises,” said Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace. “The idea that a self-selected group should have so much influence is bizarre.”

Ironically, Bill Gates recently topped a poll of famous people who the general public would listen to in regards to matters of climate change (beating poor Leonardo DiCaprio).

+ Geo-Engineering Projects

via The Guardian

Image by OnInnovation

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  1. aumk1 March 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

    At least with a seawater sprayer, you can turn it off. Not like sulphur dioxide particles in the stratosphere.

  2. Michael R. Thomas June 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    These guys need a good inventing consultant these ideas are not quite investment grade

  3. TAWilliams01 April 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Bill Gates and his cabal of scientists does not have my consent to conduct the outlandish proposed projects A and B … these individuals have created synthetic chemical solutions in geo-engineered medicine-vaccines-GMO food seeds and crops-agra-cultured pesticides that have poisoned the soil and watersheds-watertables … have not been able to complete eradicating his malaria project let alone his ambitions to garner the interneting cloud for cyber-communication issues without jumping off into another project that ravage the natural balance of earths’ insect species nor atmospheric weather-climatic understanding. Do we need these impulsive characters’ to mess even moreso with issues the source not fully understood – playing God with money and incoherent-scattered knowledge over our only resources – the air and earth we have as our only haven?

  4. hsvt February 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Geo engineering does not bring a solution

    The acidification of the sea will go one, and might even get worse when large quantities of SO2 will rain out ?

  5. polaris kyo polaris kyo February 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Bill Gates has been investing in Chem-spraying our atmosphere as well already… I do not support Geo-engineering of Planet Earth. I do not support Geo-engineering of the foods we eat either. This is actually killing our Planet and creating health issues that harm millions of humans! This technology scares me! It MUST stop!

    http://coto2.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/bill-gates-funds-chemtrails-global-ban-demanded/

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/06/bill-gates-climate-scientists-geoengineering

    http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

  6. MAD WORK February 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    So typical for guys who have a lot of money to think up a solution that would quick-fix all problems. Why would you want to change your way of life and be more responsible if you can use this bandaid instead. Sooo sad & stupid, but nature will outclever these ‘smart’ guys!

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