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Solar Geoengineering Methods Should Be Targeted
2012-10-22 09:40:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sometimes, the best solution to a problem is the easiest one. The real difficulty lies in the application of said solution. Take, for instance, the issue of global warming and greenhouse gasses. The simplest solution to these matters is to somehow block some of the sun´s harmful rays from the Earth, bringing the temperature down and, ideally, stop the melting of the polar ice caps and other effects of global warming. The...

Geoengineering Iron Dump Raises Concerns
2012-10-17 20:00:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In a plot that could have been yanked from the script of the upcoming James Bond film, American entrepreneur Russ George has released over 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to foster a massive plankton bloom that would capture carbon dioxide and sink to the bottom of the ocean, thereby effecting climate change–U.K. news organization The Guardian has reported. Besides having a potential impact on...

Sunblock For The Earth
2012-10-12 09:46:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When you want to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the Sun, you employ some sort of sun block. It might be a lotion or a cream; it might even be a shirt or an umbrella to filter the effects. But what would you use to protect the entire planet from the Sun? Apparently that is the question that an increasing number of scientists are trying to answer; ways to temporarily reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth to stave...

OH Radicals Causes Aging Of Organic Aerosols
2012-10-05 10:17:23

Climate models need to be updated Atmospheric aerosol particles have a significant effect on climate. An international team of researchers has now discovered that a chemical process in the atmosphere called aging determines to a major extent the concentration and the characteristics of aerosol particles. To date, this aspect has not been accounted for in regional and global climate models. In the Muchachas [Multiple Chamber Aerosol Chemical Aging Experiments] project, the team has not...

Habitable Zone Planets Could Be Numerous
2012-09-11 12:14:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers predict that there may be even more planets capable of hosting life out there than previously thought. Scientists presenting at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen said that new computer models may show there are far more planets that lie in the "habitable zone" than previously estimated. A new model allows scientists to identify planets that contain underground water which is still in the state of a liquid through...

2012-08-31 13:53:39

A cost analysis of the technologies needed to transport materials into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting Earth and therefore reduce the effects of global climate change has shown that they are both feasible and affordable. Published today, 31 August 2012, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, the study has shown that the basic technology currently exists and could be assembled and implemented in a number of different forms for less than USD $5...

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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...


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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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