Gallery: Scientists Consider Blocking Out the Sun to Stop Climate Chang...


Britain’s national science academy, the Royal Society, recently organized a conference at Chicheley Hall — 40 miles north of London — where thinkers from around the world gathered to decide if, and how, the international community could implement geoengineering tactics to stop global climate change. If the international community fails to mitigate climate change with policy and infrastructure, we’re going to need to take some drastic measures to keep the planet inhabitable. The attendees at the conference decided that though the full consequences are unknown, the only real plan that would work would be to block out the sun.

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  1. 1337master April 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    they’re already doing this you know, they put aluminum particles in jet fuel for exactly this purpose all you have to do is look up to see it

  2. krill April 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    What about rain forests? And what about like, the OTHER approximated 100-500 million species living on the planet? What about them?

  3. mercurydan April 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    i like how we think that nuclear is better for the environment and carbon dioxide is bad. for anyone that knows about environmental science would see this as really backwards. for one thing without carbon dioxide we wouldnt be alive today. So it seems like this is the new backwards thinking where sulphates are good and the sun is bad. i just want to know when we will wake up

  4. chris offspring April 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    someone watched matrix…

    it’s completely unclear to me why anyone in their right mind would pollute the atmosphere to save the atmosphere from pollution…thats like fighting for peace (or f***ing for virginity)

    if you want to block out the sun, do it right and install mirrors in space…which means: find means to get into space without the need of fuel eating rockets

    oh and btw: block out the sun and you creat a lot of paperweights currently called solar panels, which ultimately means that we need more fossil fuel consuming plants to compensate…

  5. caeman April 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Think of all the fuel saved by those planes not flying! All that CO2 not released! It was the green dream in action, no? People were forced to use trains and ships.

  6. resolute April 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

    ro caeman
    you are wrong.. haven’t you learned from what happened not so long ago in Iceland. I can see the picture of the aftermath – everyone walking around in the gas masks and the surroundings covered in layers of ash

  7. resolute April 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I would rather die under the sun then see this beauty disappear.

  8. Captain Ob April 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    This is nothing more than a remarkably incompetent political maneuver. Being a bunch of drama queens isn’t going to save the planet, it’s just going to polarize the uneducated either for or against climate science.

    Grow the hell up.

  9. caeman April 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Pfft. Those scientists have a long way to go if they want to be true mad scientists. If I were to want to pollute the atmosphere with particulate matter such as to reduce the incoming sun for a few years, I would do it nature’s way: the volcano. A few carefully place bombs in 3 to 7 volcanoes around the planet would send enough ash into the air to drop average global temps by 5 degrees.

  10. Greengeek April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    This is one of the stupider geoengineering schemes out there. The potential for permanent damage to the planet is very high, and it completely ignores the other aspect of our carbon emissions: ocean acidification. This is a much more immediate threat, but is often completely ignored. Blocking out the sun didn’t turn out so well for Mr. Burns, we won’t fare any better.

  11. caeman April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    There as no Highlander II.

    There should have only been one.

  12. anneawong April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Didn’t they already try this in Highlander II?

  13. bytheby April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Ummm, this is the first step in the new renaissance when the machines take over and construct the matrix…I’m just sayin’

  14. slitherly April 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I read an interesting article on Sun spots and how they affect earth’s climate also. Perhaps we know too little of the effects of the solar system on our planet to determine the long range results of any such plan.

  15. caeman April 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Can we try this on a planet that we don’t live on, first, please? My current home planet is screwed up enough as it is without some mad scientists shooting reflective particles in the atmosphere and blocking the sun from my tomato garden.

  16. Malik Betton April 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    OMG, futuristic much?

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