It seems there’s no lack of weird and wonderful (to put it nicely) ideas to fight the (non-existent) threat of anthropogenic global warming. The latest comes from a meeting of scientists in Monterey, California, at which physicist David Keith suggested spraying the world with sulfuric acid:
None of the scientists in the room so much as blinked when David Keith suggested saving the world with spy planes spraying sulfuric acid.
Keith, a physicist at the University of Calgary in Canada, was facing an audience not likely to be shocked: nearly 200 other researchers, some of whom had their own radical ideas for fighting global warming. His concept was to spray a mist of sulfuric acid high in the stratosphere to form particles called sulfate aerosols, which would act like a sprinkling of tiny sunshades for the overheating Earth.
Keith’s idea may sound outrageous, but it is just one of many proposals for bumping the global thermostat down a couple of degrees by tinkering directly with the planet’s heating and cooling systems.
If that isn’t begging to invoke the law of unintended consequences… I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.