So, how’s your April going? Isn’t it hot as hell? Forty degrees already! This is How Scientists Are Planning to Cool Down the Planet

global warming is warming and warning everybody on the planet.

“The Sahara Desert is growing”; “Greenland is cracking and flooding the world”; “San Francisco Airport is sinking” into the bay next to it; “Freakishly warm weather stuns climate change scientists”; and “2017 was among the top three hottest years ever”.

These are some of the recent news you will find on the Life Science magazine’s website.

Global warming is troubling us all.

As per NASA, the modern climate change started happening about 7500 years back attributed to a very small shift in the Earth’s orbit, which changed the amount of solar energy coming to the planet.

However, the recent climate change, which we call global warming, is a result of human activities.

Greenhouse Gases and CO2 emission in the environment are rising, ice is melting, and mercury is rising with each passing year. Temperatures are breaking the record every year.

Earth’s temperature has risen about 1.1 degree Celsius in the last century. Of which, most of the effects have taken place in the last 35 years only.

Countries and politicians have shown no interest in this gloomy situation, they are busy threatening each other with their nuclear buttons.

But, scientists seem to have found some cool ways to cool down the planet.

Sulfur Dioxide in the Upper Atmosphere

There are multiple plans scientists are pondering.

First is to spray a high amount of sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere of the Earth. The chemicals would reflect a large amount the sunlight back into space, creating the ultimate cooling. This is what happens at the time of a volcanic eruption.

So, how did this idea come up?

The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 in the Philippines brought down the global temperature by 1 degree Celsius, a report of the US Geological Survey says.

However, the method has many concerns including humanitarian challenges, which will possibly never let this project start.

Additionally, this would have even more drastic effects that climate change and global warming.

Asteroid Dust

A group of Scottish scientist recommends using asteroid dust to obstruct the sunlight and cool the globe down.

The plan is to land a scientist on an asteroid, who will implement an electromagnetic catapult to throw the dust on the rock into space.

Apparently, a dust cloud would amass around the planet, barring a great part of sunlight, dragging down the temperature.

Before anyone lands there, the space rock will be brought in a position where the gravitational pulls of the Earth and the Sun are equal, so it doesn’t fall on the planet.

Sounds like a Sci-Fi movie, doesn’t it?

But, this proposition also comes with many risks. What if the calculation goes wrong and the asteroid falls on the Earth and swipes away the humanity and all its problems?

White Plastic Sheet on the Arctic

What’s your favorite color on a hot sunny day? White! Right? Why? Because white shirt does not observe heat and helps you keep cool.

Covering the Arctic ice and other sea glaciers with the white plastic sheet will allow us to maintain the cool. But, how to ships sailing then?

Some scientists are against the use of the plastic sheet. They have a similar yet somewhat different plan. They propose filling the oceans with white foam microbubbles. But, this plan would be too expensive to function.

Space Mirrors

There is another plan, which calls for installing a large mirror in the space to bar a large amount of sunlight and cool the Earth.

A translucent glass disk, roughly the size of India, will be sent into the Earth’s orbit on electromagnetic catapult rockets and positioned in the way that it blocks the way of sunlight.

However, this project would take decades and trillions of dollars to complete.

So, the Solar Shield project is imaginable, but impracticable as well.

Will it fix the problem we are facing? No, it wouldn’t. The solution is to remove the causes and factors that are contributing in global warming.