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DIM THE SUN: Scientists Have Bold New Climate Change Agenda

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As the world continues to grapple with whatever “climate change” truly is, there is a growing sect of the scientific community attempting to push a wild new solution to the planet’s alleged woes.

For years, “climate change” was “global warming”, and before that, much of the scientific world was convinced that we’d be face a new Ice Age on account of our greenhouse gas emissions.

At this point, the latest boogeyman in this planetary saga is “extreme weather”, which absolved science of having to choose between these ever-revolving suggestions.  Essentially, any time some truly remarkable natural disaster occurs, we find a way to blame Big Oil.

But I digress…

Due to the overwhelming vagueness of the issue, scientists are now taking a look at a rather obtuse potential correction:  Dimming the sun itself.

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The idea of “solar geoengineering,” or shooting untold dollars’ worth of particles into the stratosphere to reduce the warming of the Sun, has long been seen as a last resort for tackling a growing climate crisis.

Despite plenty of opposition to the idea of meddling with entire ecosystems at once, an increasing number of scientists are starting to seriously study the possibility, The New Yorker reports.

The US government appears to be on board.

Just last month, the White House announced a five-year research plan to study geoengineering, a sign that the idea has moved out of the realm of science fiction amidst a period of rapidly rising temperatures and failed climate targets.

But will it work?  The data seems to suggest that science doesn’t really have a clue.

Just like particles released by a massive volcano — previous eruptions have been shown to lead to dropping temperatures — injecting aerosolized sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere could have similar results.

While there’s consensus among experts that there’s a good chance these particles could actually shade and cool the surface below, we’re only starting to understand the possible side effects, particularly on a global scale.

For instance, temperature fluctuations could kick off extreme weather, such as flooding, in unexpected locations around the world. An increase in local reservoirs could even allow for disease like malaria to spread, as The New Yorker reports.

And so, just as we’ve meddled with the environment with greenhouse gasses, there are now suggestions of meddling with the atmosphere using other chemicals, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the global population isn’t exactly ready to jump on board with the idea.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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