Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.
Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.Because even though their models are crap, they KNOW how to save everything. Because they say so. Etc.
Along with the general stupidity of screwing with systems far more complex than they seem able or willing to admit, there is(of course) money involved:
Among new ideas, Wurzbacher at Climeworks is sounding out investors on what he says is the first offer to capture and bury 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air, for $500 a tonne.
That might appeal to a company wanting to be on forefront of a new green technology, he said, even though it makes no apparent economic sense.Translation: "Show how much you care! Signal your virtue! Give us money!"
Bleeping damned bullshit...