Friday, July 28, 2006


Shoot 'Em Up

This is akin to going to the doctor, being told to loose weight and deciding to take diet pills instead of exercising. A German scientist is suggesting that rather than actually take measures to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, we could shoot sulfur into the atmosphere.

The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. It also releases sulfur that cools the planet by reflecting solar radiation away from Earth. Most researchers say the warming effect has been winning in recent decades. Injecting sulfur into the second atmospheric layer closest to Earth would reflect more sunlight back to space and offset greenhouse gas warming, according to Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego.

There has to be a better way than the lazy man's approach to this issue and it shouldn't be known as a "Made in Canada" solution.

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