Artificial Clouds to Prevent Leakage of Methane in The Arctic Drawing

An eminent engineer UK suggests that towers are built to whiten clouds in the Faroe Islands as a "technical solution" to the warming in the Arctic.

“This will consolidate the free nature of Arctic sea ice. There methane emissions at sea, and a large part on land too.”

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This in turn would increase warming in the Arctic and the rest of the world.

Emissions of methane steep icy regions may have played an important role in both events, for 55 and 251 million years, which was extinguished much of life that existed on Earth.

Meteorologist Julian Hunt, who chaired the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change, said that an abrupt release of methane with the current warming is not inevitable and is “a matter of scientific debate.”

But he also said that some in the scientific community are reluctant to discuss that possibility.

“A lot of repression and lack of discussion on topics that are difficult, and one of them is in fact the methane,” he said, and recalled the reluctance of at least one senior scientist involved in the study of the Arctic Climate Impact for discuss the potential impact of methane release.

The field of study of the implementation of climate solutions or techniques, geoengineering, is full of controversy, and even those involved in the investigation of the issue see it as a last resort option, much less desirable to limit emissions of greenhouse emissions.

“All of us hope that geoengineering is not necessary, but we fear that another will,” said Salter.

Adding to the controversy, some of the proposed techniques could do more harm than good.

The idea of ​​putting dust particles into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight, mimicking the cooling effect of volcanic eruptions, in fact would be disastrous for the Arctic, says Professor Salter, and there are models that show that the temperature increase the pole to 10 ° C.

Last year, the idea of ​​cloud whitening also received criticism from scientists who calculated that if you miscalculate the size of the drops could cause overheating, although Salter said that this can be avoided through experimentation.

So far no scientist has calculated how much would just make the towers on land, but suggested $ 300,000 as a ballpark figure.

Depending on the size and location, Salter believes would be needed around 100 towers to counteract the warming of the Arctic.

However, there is currently no funding for artificial clouds. There was a proposal to build a prototype boat of about $ 30 million but there was no interest, and now the development work is limited to the laboratory.

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