“Alexa, show us the dopiest idea ever to fight global warming.”
In summary, these Harvard and Yale scientists studied the feasibility of using aircraft, balloons or modified naval gun to bombard the atmosphere with particles that would block out the sun and this is how CNN wrote the headline:
Harvard and Yale scientists are proposing that we tackle climate change by dimming the sun.
It sounds crazy, but according to their research, it could actually cut the rate of global warming in half: https://t.co/Ty8cCK3J5j
— CNN (@CNN) November 23, 2018
First up, this isn’t a serious proposal and CNN should be ashamed of themselves for treating as such with this science clickbait:
Nowhere in the study do they weigh in on what dimming the sun would do to agriculture and aquatic life (since ocean plants are of critical importance and a less bright sun would impact the depths at which plant life could grow).
The potential drawbacks should be in the article. https://t.co/MSyEkV0qBu
— Kendra "Gloom is My Beat" Pierre-Louis (@KendraWrites) November 23, 2018
Maybe CNN missed that it’s not a real proposal or that there’s any desire for this?
The study specifically says, "We make no judgment about the desirability…." It's an examination of the costs and technical feasibility, not a proposal. https://t.co/e9WATiNt20
— James Temple (@jtemple) November 23, 2018
"When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death!" https://t.co/yYYSS8ZG3V
— dellowhockey (@dellowhockey) November 23, 2018
So they invented smoke?
"spraying sun-dimming chemicals into the Earth's atmosphere"
haven't we been doing this since the industrial revolution? https://t.co/9gECejesMB
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) November 23, 2018
Well, at least they’re admitting the sun causes global warming. That’s a start at the very least:
So the sun causes climate change? https://t.co/8Ln8XloOOB
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) November 23, 2018
Not a good look for Harvard or Yale:
Close Harvard and Yale. Nullify all degrees. https://t.co/r8z75K3kVN
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) November 23, 2018
Whenever I see a story that invokes Ivy League scientists finding a solution to anything, I brace myself for the worst idea ever. Once again, they didn't disappoint. https://t.co/jPP1ujXNav
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) November 23, 2018
Or maybe Harvard and Yale professors are spending too much time watching “The Simpsons”?
One of the scientists was named C. Montgomery Burns. https://t.co/XuzNs52CkE
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 23, 2018
Or “The Matrix”:
According to The Matrix, we're supposed to wait until we develop uncontrollable AI before blotting out the sun. https://t.co/pNtFBmbg6w
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) November 23, 2018