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Geoengineering Aerosols To Officially “Start” In 2016






GEOENGINEERING AEROSOLS 

TO OFFICIALLY “START” IN 2016


By William Thomas

 



Are “chemtrails” coming out of the closet? The first officially-admitted trials to cool the planet by spraying reflective ozone-destroying aerosols into the ozone layer will “start” in 2016, New Scientist reports. Artificially brightening clouds are also on the menu for Solar Radiation Management. [New Scientist Nov 29/14]



“GEOENGINEERING THE PLANET: FIRST EXPERIMENTS TAKE SHAPE”

After attempts to control fog, rain and hurricanes dating back to WWII, “Operation Popeye” over Vietnam, “Project Fury” over the ‘60’s Gulf Coast, further hurricane tampering with Ivan and Katrina, and at least 20 years of constant aerosol spraying (unpopularly known as “chemtrails”), scientists left out of “sky shield” projects originating from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base say they need to find out if geoengineering works. Right now.


They ought to look up.


And look out. Accelerating Arctic meltdown is erasing the north-south temperature differential that drives the Jetstream, resulting in “stuck” flooding, droughts, lethal heat domes, and a succession of superstorms over an increasingly wobbly globe as those massive ice sheets melt.


From the same mindset that induced dire ecological unravelling come fresh schemes to ramp up a 20-year aerosol spray program intended to scatter incoming sunlight and chemically modify clouds with aluminum oxide, barium and other microscopic particulates so they release more of Earth’s heat into space then they trap.

 


DELIVER US FROM THE BILLIONAIRES

Geoengineering booster, Dr. David Keith helps allocate the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research, through which Bill Gates and former Microsoft colleagues bankroll their private geoengineering fantasies. [Economist Dec 13/14]


Gates and Keith are enraptured with the notion of building robot ships to autonomously cruise around spraying seawater into ocean clouds, where the additional salt crystals might form water-attracting nuclei, making clouds more reflective. Simulations show this won’t work.

 


SCOPING OUT SCoPEx

Financed by the Royal Society, John Dykema of Harvard University wants to inject sulfur dioxide into the “stratosfear” 20 km up, just this side of “outer space”.


The aim of Dykema’s Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment is to see whether sulfate ions will cause a chemical reaction that will continue shredding the ozone layer.


Heads up to Dykema: They do.


The potential of geoengineering aerosols to “destroy the ozone layer” was the chief worry of Ken Caldeira, who performed the first computer simulations on Edward Teller’s “sunscreen” in the late 1990s at Lawrence Livermore. Caldeira now favours geoengineering experiments as a means of “improving our understanding of the natural climate system.”


A third approach seeks to make wispy, high-altitude cirrus “more porous” to infrared heat radiating back into space. Water vapour in clouds traps almost as much heat as carbon dioxide. By seeding clouds with bismuth tri-iodide, the geoengineers have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to freeze rainwater into ice particles above normal freezing temperatures, ­allowing more heat to escape in far infrared wavelengths.


New Scientist reports that altering cloud cover “could change rainfall patterns and increase droughts and floods unpredictably.”


In addition to human “forcing” in the atmosphere from high and rising CO2, nitrogen oxide and methane emissions, deliberate large-scale aerosol spraying over the past two decades continues to couple with human-induced climate shift to alter rainfall patterns from California to the Sahel.


Though funded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Keith and his merry band of atmospheric tinkerers are seeking $10 million from the White House to kickstart SCoPEx this year. They are also calling for an as yet unnamed U.S. regulatory body to provide official cover to conduct their Earth-modification experiments. The remaining 96% of Earth’s human population will continue to not be consulted. [New Scientist Nov 29/14]

      

But not every scientist is onboard. Leader of similar UK-funded project to reflect some sunlight back into space using devilish sulfur-based aerosols, Matthew Watson says he is “terrified” by the potential of this sky-wrenching technology to cause widespread famine and a surge in skin cancers. [Times of London Nov 27/14]

                     



A polar bear walking along the edge of 'the ice bridge' at 82.4 North © Nick Cobbing/ Greenpeace.


MORE ICE WITH THAT?

       A major focus of ongoing geoengineering efforts is to restore fast-disappearing Arctic sea ice by lowering high latitude temperatures up to 23F above normal winter baselines.

       In a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, IAGP researchers reported that stratospheric aerosol injection of of SO2 would result in “problematic” climate “side effects” that are difficult to “quantify”.

       Computer simulations show that an additional decade of extremely intense aerosol “injections” into the ailing Arctic will lower temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere by another 1.5 C on top of the approximately 1° cooling from all aerosol sources since 1998.

       To accomplish this much mayhem would “require more than 1,000 KC-135 tanker aircraft flights per day during peak injection periods” to dump 26.5 billion pounds of highly acidic Sulfur-Dioxide into Arctic skies. If this last desperate techno-fix is terminated for any reason, the resulting accelerated climate change will favour the most advanced species of survivors: cockroaches. [IAGPInstitute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK]



Farmer walks through dry paddy field in Jammu, India, July 2012. -AP /Channi Anand)



“GEOENGINEERING" ANOTHER NAME FOR RACISM

Projected climate “trade-offs” include a further 7.4% drop in already sputtering Northern Hemisphere precipitation. Further south, Professor Alan Robock warns that further aerosol forcing of Earth’s increasingly unstable atmosphere will cause Asia-wide famines and droughts.


If geoengineering-amplified climate shift drives maritime tropical precipitation south, the African Sahel and India will dry up and blow away. By threatening to cancel monsoons already spluttering because of northern air pollution, geoengineers willing to condemn entire non-white populations to deaths by thirst and starvation reveal their racist agenda.


Robock worked on Global Dimming. This Rutgers University professor has declared that all-out geoengineering “could create disasters, damaging the ozone layer and potentially altering the stratosphere by eliminating weather patterns such as the annual Asian monsoon rain season,” which 3.5-billion people depend on to water crops and feed their families.” [BBC Apr 19/09]

 


SMALL-SCALE AEROSOL EXPERIMENTS DEEMED USELESS

“The proposed experiments are quite small scale, and the environmental consequences are likely to be negligible compared with a lot of human activity we already take for granted,” reassures co-author Doug MacMartin of the California Institute of Technology.


In his controversial climate-modification experiment, Dykema wants to release two pounds of Sulfur into the atmosphere. Prof. Piers Forster regards this as silly. “We’ve emitted 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide and we only recently have any certainty this is affecting our climate, so limited field tests would tell you next to nothing about the climate effects of solar geoengineering.”


Alternatively, Dykema could simply sample the same amount of SO2 emitted in one-minute by a commercial jet.

 


GEOENGINEERING INEFFECTIVE

Meanwhile, pesky researchers using a 3D computer model of the Earth to five different geoengineering technologies have found that even when combined at unsustainable mega-scales of continuous spraying, geoengineering tech cannot prevent another 2C (3.5F) rise above current temperatures.


“The potential of most climate engineering methods, even when optimistic deployment scenarios were assumed, were much lower than I had expected,” said study author Andreas Oschlies, an earth system modeler at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.


This lack of tangible benefits “is really striking,” chimes in climate scientist Kelly McCusker at the University of Victoria in Canada. McCusker and her colleagues have shown that a suddenly stopping SRM spraying could send global warming spiralling out of control.


Models show flat-out aerosol spraying could reduce global warming by less than 8% – assuming that skyrocketing CO2 emission levels instantly level off. Cranking up “global dimming” by further shading incoming sunlight will allow ever more heat-trapping gases to accumulate in the atmosphere and ocean.


Norwegian sky watchers are advised to keep close watch on Stratotankers flying out of Svalbard.


“This study nails home the continued importance of reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases,” McCusker says. [Live Science Feb 25/14]

 



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