It’s been officially announced that the United States government are going to initiate an experiment that will release a spray within our atmosphere with as sole purpose to block the sun, preventing climate change to take place. This action is called geoengineering.
David Keith, a scientist at Harvard – along with one of his partners – is going to release a spray in the atmosphere containing chemicals such as “aluminum oxide” and others, as an initiation to start experimenting with Geoengineering.
In the world of Geoengineering, this is called Solar Radiation Management (SRM), with as purpose to block the sun from penetrating our atmosphere.
According to MIT’s Technology Review:
“A pair of Harvard climate scientists are preparing small-scale atmospheric experiments that could offer insights into the feasibility and risks of deliberately altering the climate to ease global warming.
They would be among the earliest official geoengineering-related experiments conducted outside of a controlled laboratory or computer model, underscoring the growing sense of urgency among scientists to begin seriously studying the possibility as the threat of climate change mounts.
Sometime next year, Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to launch a high-altitude balloon, tethered to a gondola equipped with propellers and sensors, from a site in Tucson, Arizona. After initial engineering tests, the “StratoCruiser” would spray a fine mist of materials such as sulfur dioxide, alumina, or calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The sensors would then measure the reflectivity of the particles, the degree to which they disperse or coalesce, and the way they interact with other compounds in the atmosphere.”
According to the Guardian:
“US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme to date, to study the potential of a future tech-fix for global warming.
The $20m (£16m) Harvard University project will launch within weeks and aims to establish whether the technology can safely simulate the atmospheric cooling effects of a volcanic eruption, if a last ditch bid to halt climate change is one day needed.”
This statement came after a United Nations “geoengineering governance initiative” was launched, and the Carnegie Council announced the launch of a “Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative.”
This was also released after CIA director John Brennan proposed they spray the skies and do “Solar Radiation Management” (SRM) to fight climate change back in 2016.
As the US’ long history with experimenting on citizens can attest to, this could become a serious possibility and problem in the near future.
While geoengineer has been pushed for decades, the question should be rather this will have long term health effects on the population, as spraying chemicals in the atmosphere can not ultimately be left without any nature, bio or health consequences.
Geoengineering is already happening in the US, and has been starting to catch on around the world.
Wether geoengineering could become normalized in the near future, is another question that we hope will get some serious attention in the near future.