As the number of alarming global warming trends continues to increase, scientists are devoting more budget dollars and time to looking for solutions. Instead of looking for land-based solutions, Patrick Mahony and his geeks will be interested to learn that the battle is being taken to the skies.
One possible solution is being tested by David Mitchell, a soft-spoken atmospheric physicist. Under his current proposal, a large fleet of drones would be used to infiltrate the atmosphere. While there, the drones would sprinkle the skies with tons of extremely fine dust-like materials. Over a period of several years, this would create thinner cirrus clouds that dissipate faster and release ice crystals that are larger than normal. Effectively, this process should help cool the earth’s atmosphere. While it seems like nothing more than conjecture at this point, Mitchell may be on to something.
He is not alone in his endeavors. In a growing number of top educational institutions like UCLA, Harvard University and the Carnegie Council, scientists are seeking and receiving funding for various research initiatives directed at trying to manipulate the atmosphere with science.
One such research project involves Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch. Some time in 2018, they plan to launch a high-altitude balloon from a site in Tucson, Arizona. The purpose of the balloon will be to facilitate the testing of science’s ability to manipulate the atmosphere through solar radiation. Specifically, they will be looking to release special materials into the stratosphere that could help reflect more heat away from the earth. It’s the same principle that occurs after sulfur dioxide is ejected into the air during a volcanic eruption.
For now, these are just a few research projects that are underway. As additional global warming data is released and confirmed, we can all rest assured scientists will take the battle to the skies and look for solutions.