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Tango0104 Sep 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

"Smug eco-warriors may think they're curbing global warming with their vegan diets, charged-up Teslas, and rooftop solar panels. But according to Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, we're barely staving off disaster. He should know: The pessimistic professor has been studying sea ice for nearly 50 years. "Reducing our emissions is not going to be enough to prevent catastrophic consequences," he says. In his scorching new book, A Farewell to Ice, he presents a slew of radical—and sometimes theoretical—ways to save civilization…"
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Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 5:23 p.m. PST

yeahhhh, some stunningly bad ideas there. No human actions have unintended consequences right?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

"In his scorching new book …"

That's hilarious! Kudos to them if they said that on purpose on a global warming topic.

Dan

goragrad04 Sep 2017 8:44 p.m. PST

Considering that a number of people consider the subject a steaming pile…

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 2:42 a.m. PST

"This is your brain on drugs…" or maybe not enough drugs!

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

The solutions don't seem practical…..or even probable. The salt spraying ships seem feasible, but how much beyond a small local effect will they have?

I like the "scorching" comment too. I suspect the Wire author was inadvertently funny.

Tango0105 Sep 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

(smile)


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doug redshirt06 Sep 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Of course the easy way would be to reintroduce small pox to the general public. No one has any built up immunity so figure it kills 30-50% of the world's population. That will slow things down a bit, plus all the survivors would probably get pay raises as the demand for labor increases.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

Yes, but how do you insure that only your enemies die.

As they chanted at the Woodshuck festival, "Power to the right people".

mandt2 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 4:31 p.m. PST

I say we takeoff and nuke the site from orbit.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

If everyone (specially the heaviest ones among us) jumps from the top of their desk or dinner table at exactly high noon, every day for a year, wouldn't that nudge the planet away from the Sun a little? :)

It has to be more effective than all the current Social Media hashtag campaigns.

Dan
PS. Weren't there thousands of signatures collected a couple of years ago, from among Global Warming demonstrators (mostly university students and activists), to pass legislation to make the Sun cooler? :)

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 4:50 a.m. PST

PS. Weren't there thousands of signatures collected a couple of years ago, from among Global Warming demonstrators (mostly university students and activists), to pass legislation to make the Sun cooler? :)

Breitbart News?

Actually, the Sun has been cooling, or more accurately the Sun's output has been decreasing slightly since the last 35 years.

Parzival10 Sep 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

Park an asteroid at L1. Gradually mine and process it into a parasol, fitted with rockets to knock the thing out of orbit if necessary. It doesn't have to be perfect, merely effective within a few percentages of thermal blockage. Destroy if/when the computer models prove to be wrong.
In the meantime, go whole hog on nuclear power on Earth, especially fusion.
Problem solved.
Next crisis?

Martin from Canada10 Sep 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Next crisis?

Marginal growing areas collapse due to less energy???


Secondly, space-based mining, smelting, refining and construction from in situ material should work in theory, but if full of what engineers call fiddly bits that drives project managers crazy since small insignificant details takes time find solutions, and those small delays either snowball into larger delays, or creates a cascade of now necessary adaptations due to the previous iterations changes.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 4:03 p.m. PST

In the meantime, go whole hog on nuclear power on Earth, especially fusion.
Problem solved.

Except for the problem of actually generating energy from any of the new designs of fusion reactors. We are pretty far from that yet, so problem is definitely not solved.

Next crisis?

We know where to reach you. wink

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