(TheRedWire.com) – Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates is funding another controversial global climate change program, this one run through Harvard and called the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx). For the last two decades, Gates has studied climate change and heavily funded organizations to solve what he sees as a global climate problem.
According to Gates’s own research, if the world doesn’t eliminate 51 billion tons of greenhouse emissions annually to achieve a zero-sum by 2050, then nothing will stop a major climate calamity. To reverse course, Gates is calling on a technological revolution to make it happen. It appears that one project he’s considering doesn’t deal with the problem but offers some kind of solution in a worst-case scenario. Gates wants to dim the sun.
How Would Scientists Darken the Sun?
For a decade, conservatives and a number of scientists said that global warming was not as serious a threat as climate alarmists made it out to be. In fact, some contend that the sun contributes more to the earth’s climate than anything humans put into the atmosphere. Oddly, SCoPEx acknowledges the sun’s power to impact the planet’s climate.
The organization is preparing to experiment with blocking the sun’s rays to cool the earth by unloading millions of tons of chalk dust into the stratosphere, basically a form of solar geoengineering. The dust should reflect solar energy back into space, thus cooling the earth. A small-scale test could happen as early as June or later this summer.
Geoengineering is Highly Controversial
The idea of releasing chalk dust into the atmosphere to block the sun is highly controversial. There are concerns the practice could cause the weather to become erratic in ways climatologists can’t begin to predict. There are also concerns the practice might harm the ozone layer that protects the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Others say blocking the sun doesn’t solve the underlying problems causing the climate to warm.
From rain to drought, hot and cold, the impacts could be widespread across the globe and benefit some while significantly harming others. Of course, those conducting the study say that’s why small-scale tests are needed to determine what will and won’t happen. However, nature is rarely that predictable or scalable.
It’s unknown whether any governments are currently involved or whether the project will be allowed to put chalk dust into the atmosphere. We’ll keep you posted on this highly controversial story as it develops.
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