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2012-08-23 20:57:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are turning what some could think of as "evil genius science", and using it for good, by developing a way to turn down the rage of a hurricane. A team of scientists claim they have a technique that could reduce hurricane intensity by a category. The authors wrote in the journal Atmospheric Science Letters that they could use cloud seeding as a technique to decrease sea surface temperatures, where hurricanes form....

Cloud Geoengineering May Help Global Warming
2012-08-21 10:56:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Imagine futuristic ships shooting salt water into the clouds over the world's oceans to create clouds that reflect sunlight. Sounds like science fiction, but it could be reality before too long. An international team of researchers is taking a second look at this controversial idea to slow global warming effects and has published their concept in this month's Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. University of...

Ocean Fertilization Suffocates Carbon, Reduces Climate Change
2012-07-19 10:19:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The negative impact of climate change might be avoided by dumping massive amounts of iron into the world´s oceans, which smothers carbon dioxide for centuries, according to an international team of researchers who have recently published results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004. The new study, published in the science journal Nature, shows that sowing the ocean with iron particles sucks up...

Eyes In The Sky
2012-07-11 13:12:17

UI researchers develop technique to help pollution forecasters see past clouds Until now, scientists who study air pollution using satellite imagery have been limited by weather. Clouds, in particular, provide much less information than a sunny day. University of Iowa scientists have created a technique to help satellites "see" through the clouds and better estimate the concentration of pollutants, such as soot. The finding is important, because, like GPS systems, clouds block...

Smaller Volcanoes Could Cool Climate According To Satellite Research
2012-07-05 16:33:57

A University of Saskatchewan-led international research team has discovered that aerosols from relatively small volcanic eruptions can be boosted into the high atmosphere by weather systems such as monsoons, where they can affect global temperatures. The research appears in the July 6 issue of the journal Science. Adam Bourassa, from the U of S Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, led the research. He explains that until now it was thought that a massively energetic eruption was...

Space Mirrors Won't Fix Climate Change
2012-06-06 12:00:59

Michael Crumbliss for redOrbit.com Geoengineering is a field of study that proposes techniques to reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth's surface. Methods range from mimicking the effects of large volcanic eruptions by releasing sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere to deploying giant mirrors in space. Scientists have proposed these sunlight-reflecting solutions as last-ditch attempts to halt global warming. A new study used climate models developed by the UK Met...

Patent Issue Halts Climate Control Experiments
2012-05-17 04:34:11

Fighting over patents may seem silly when phone or computer manufacturers are involved. After all, no normal person knows how computers connect to a network or how photos are shared over the internet. However, normal people can and do feel the effects of global warming, like the rash of weird weather we´ve had in the past few years. Therefore, it´s a bit frustrating and surprising that something as seemingly insignificant as patents have curbed a UK climate experiment to try and...

2012-04-02 11:10:12

International scientific community issues first “State of the Planet Declaration” Scientists issued the first "State of the Planet" declaration at a major gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June. The declaration opens: "Research now demonstrates that the continued functioning of the Earth system as it has supported the well-being of human civilization in recent centuries is at risk." It states that...

2012-01-26 02:16:21

As the reality and the impact of climate warming have become clearer in the last decade, researchers have looked for possible engineering solutions — such as removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or directing the sun's heat away from Earth — to help offset rising temperatures. New University of Washington research demonstrates that one suggested method, injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere, would likely achieve only part of the desired effect, and could carry...

2012-01-23 11:21:10

Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas have been increasing over the past decades, causing the Earth to get hotter and hotter. There are concerns that a continuation of these trends could have catastrophic effects, including crop failures in the heat-stressed tropics. This has led some to explore drastic ideas for combating global warming, including the idea of trying to counteract it by reflecting sunlight away from the Earth. However, it has been suggested that...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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