(ORDO NEWS) — Temperatures in the Arctic are rising four times faster than the rest of the world, and in some areas seven times faster.
This conclusion was reached by a group of Norwegian scientists. As a result of this phenomenon, the Arctic region is warming at an even faster rate than previously thought.
Changes in the Arctic may negatively affect other regions of the Earth. Melting glaciers in Greenland could raise sea levels, while changing ocean currents could affect weather patterns elsewhere on the planet.
And to counter the effects of climate change, scientists have come up with a pretty crazy idea.
Researchers propose refreezing the North and South Poles and lowering global temperatures. To do this, they proposed a highly controversial plan.
Tankers deployed at an altitude of 13 km and a latitude of 60 degrees will emit microscopic particles of sulfur dioxide, shading the Earth’s surface.
Microaerosol particles can be sprayed into the atmosphere in high-flying jets to reflect sunlight and cool melting ice caps.
According to a recent study by Yale University researcher Wake Smith, millions of tons of carbon dioxide will be released in the form of 175,000 flights each year.
The jets will blast massive amounts of carbon dioxide high into the atmosphere. However, Smith argues that it would still be worth it despite the harmful emissions.
As a result, the polar regions will be protected by these particles from the heat of the sun. According to Smith’s research, the polar regions can be cooled by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by releasing 13 tons of particles at the right time of the year.
Some experts argue that carbon emissions from aircraft are a terrible idea. Sun shading can also negatively impact agricultural systems.
Harvard researchers proposed testing a similar idea last year using weather balloons over northern Sweden to collect preliminary data. It was a controversial and risky experiment, so local opposition groups forced them to abandon it.
However, Smith argued that the polar regions were extremely sparsely populated and were the best place to conduct an experiment without harm.
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