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Scientists create new idea on how to hack a warming planet: drying the upper atmosphere

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By SETH BORENSTEIN

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It makes more sense to deal with the initial problem — the cheese or the carbon dioxide, Weaver said.

This.

One thing is to have scientific curiosity and investigate new approaches to see what are the unexpected difficulties involved and optimize the methods followed to evaluate risks and benefits. Another completely different thing is to focus attention and resources in completely new measures when the obvious ones have not yet been implemented first.

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The basic remedy to the rapid warming up of our planet is to get out from the silly addiction to petroleum and carbon. We must move to clean energy. If we fail to do this quickly enough we will incur an uncontrolled runaway greenhouse process which will culminate in the boiling of the oceans.

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The basic remedy to the rapid warming up of our planet is to get out from the silly addiction to petroleum and carbon. We must move to clean energy.

I agree.

If we fail to do this quickly enough we will incur an uncontrolled runaway greenhouse process which will culminate in the boiling of the oceans.

Ad nauseum: The. Runaway. Greenhouse. Effect. Is. Not. Possible. On. Earth.

Climate change is bad enough as it is without fearmongering about an imaginary doomsday fiction.

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There exist situations where it is better to be fearful. A person who stand on the railroad should better be fearful and simply move away.

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There exist situations where it is better to be fearful.

How is it better to be fearful of something that is impossible?

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Here's a geo-engineering idea that is guaranteed to work and will be:

cheaper

technically possible

carbon negative

not risk runaway unforeseen consequences

beneficial to all living things on earth

PLANT TREES.
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Planting trees is excellent, but it must come along with the stopping of burning of petroleum.

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Directly controlling the atmosphere and climate may seem like something from a science fiction novel. On the other hand, even if we get past the current climate issue by reducing carbon gas emissions, the climate is likely to change again in the future from natural effects - just look at the earth's history. Maybe we should consider conducting climate control experiments on another planet, e.g. Mars.

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 which will culminate in the boiling of the oceans.

These message boards never fail to deliver.

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There exist situations where it is better to be fearful. A person who stand on the railroad should better be fearful and simply move away.

Yes, when the danger is real...

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Maybe we should consider conducting climate control experiments on another planet, e.g. Mars

The problem is that doing this would give results of very limited use, if any. The main problem with evaluating geoengineering measures is that they affect (and are affected) with uncountable processes in the planet, things that are of course not present in other planets.

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