British Newspaper Reports On Climate Engineering
Scientists have said the principal of alleged chemtrailing could save Earth from climate change. Photo credit: Getty
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have identified an aerosol that could be used for "solar geoengineering" to cool the planet, while repairing ozone damage at the same time.
In a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists said injecting light-reflecting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere would cool the planet, but there is a risk of damaging the ozone layer which protects us from harmful UV rays in the process.
However, the team claims to have identified an aerosol that could also repair the ozone layer at the same time as cooling the planet.
The announcement will no doubt set tongues wagging in the chemtrail conspiracy theory community.
The chemtrail conspiracy is one of the most widely believed on Earth and centers around claims that world governments are secretly spraying chemicals into the air – as seen by the contrails on high-altitude airplanes.
At its most extreme, conspiracy theorists believe that the contrails which form behind jet aircraft are actually streams of toxic “mind-control” chemicals, which dilute before they reach the ground, leaving a gas we breathe in that keeps the general population in check.
But there are a growing number of chemtrail believers, whose number include Hollywood hardman Chuck Norris, who claim the conspiracy is actually a secret global plot to change the Earth’s climate in the hope it will reverse the effects of climate change.
Chemtrail believers include Hollywood hardman Chuck Norris. Photo credit: Getty
Dane Wigington, a solar energy expert and former employee of Bechtel Power Corp, now runs GeoengineeringWatch.org, a website set up to expose the “harmful” conspiracy which has had more than 24.8 million visitors.
He investigated why solar panels at his home lost power as aircraft contrails formed in the sky.
According to Mr Wigington, the contrails, or chemtrails, we see forming behind aircraft most days are carrying out geoengineering.
An introduction to the subject on his website states: “It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. It’s happening right above you."
He said a system called "Solar Radiation Management” (SRM) was being used, whereby scientists have tried to mimic the effects of a major volcanic eruption on temperature.
Bizarrely, scientists behind the new study are proposing to do what Mr. Wigington claims has secretly been happening.
But the team behind the new study insist this is all a breakthrough that has YET to be put into practice.
David Keith, the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at SEAS and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the first author of the paper, said: "In solar geoengineering research, introducing sulphuric acid into the atmosphere has been the only idea that had any serious traction until now.
“This research is a turning point and an important step in analysing and reducing certain risks of solar geoengineering.”
They found that calcite, a constituent of limestone, could counter ozone loss by neutralising emissions-borne acids in the atmosphere, while also reflecting light and cooling the planet.
But, the researchers said it was not an alternative to reducing emissions to slow down global warming.
Frank Keutsch, the Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science at SEAS and professor of chemistry and chemical biology, a co-author of the paper, said:
Geoengineering is like taking painkillers.
When things are really bad, painkillers can help but they don’t address the cause of a disease and they may cause more harm than good.
We really don’t know the effects of geoengineering, but that is why we’re doing this research.
This research fundamentally rethinks what kinds of particles should be used for solar geoengineering.
Anytime you introduce even initially unreactive surfaces into the stratosphere, you get reactions that ultimately result in ozone destruction, as they are coated with sulphuric acid.
Instead of trying to minimise the reactivity of the aerosol, we wanted a material that is highly reactive but in a way that would avoid ozone destruction.
Essentially, we ended up with an antacid for the stratosphere.