- In the first installment of special reports by CBS News
Reports in its Eye On America series, current experiments in global warming
reduction methods championed by physicist Edward Teller were discussed.
In an on-camera interview with Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb
spoke of how to solve the global warming problem today through "geoengineering":
- "The simplest solution is to put into the high atmosphere
small particles which scatter away 1 or 2% of the sunlight...the sooner
- Ken Caldera, a Climate Researcher initially set out to
prove Teller's sunlight scattering hypothesis unworkable but when he applied
the variables to his geoengineering computer program he not only proved
Teller's remedy workable but the best solution possible. Caldera further
opined that another way to accomplish Teller's objectives would be to put
a satellite into space between the Earth and the Sun which would activate
a 1200 mile solar shield as a sunscreen to block the sun's UV rays. The
result would be returning the Earth's climate back to the temperatures
that existed before human interference in climate via excessive fossil
fuel burning and the uncontrolled use of CFC's.
- Other methods under experimental investigation at Stanford
University involve attempting to implement Teller's sunlight scattering
theory more exactly by devising the most effective methodology to carry
out that objective. A few of these methods involve:
- 1. Particle blasting. Thousands of light reflective
particles would be blast from warship guns out on the oceans into the skies.
The drawback to this method is that blue skies, as we know them, would
be a thing of the past. Because the particle blasting would need to be
occur continuously in order to be effective, blue skies would become mostly
a permanent white.
- 2. Mirrors in space. Another experimental method under
consideration is to scatter 50,000 mirrors into space to deflect the sun's
rays backward into space, away from the Earth. The drawback of this method
is the flickering sun effect that would occur on Earth.
- 3. Help from the Sea. Still another method involves
putting powdered iron into the sea which stimulates the growth of underwater
plankton, or algae, which works to absorb more UV rays. The drawback of
this is that overgrowths of algae can cause ecosystem upsets in coral systems
and other sea life through algal based diseases and/or feeding problems.
- Steve Schneider, a Stanford University global warming
expert explained that humans don't have 200 years to wait for the Earth
to fix the global warming problem itself. We have to do something, now,
Schneider said, to help it along or face a multiple of climate changes
that can have disastrous effects on man. What that something is remains
an experiment at this stage.
- Tuesday, January 16's installment focuses on tornadoes
and existing experimental methods being devised to control dangerous and
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