With a crazy plan, a group around Bill Gates wants to fight “climate change” with brute force and probably devastating consequences: If necessary, millions of tons of lime dust are to be sprayed into the stratosphere in order to reflect or dim sunlight and to slow down global warming. The first small-scale test for “global cooling” is to start in June to check the interactions with the atmosphere.
The idea of putting a kind of sun protection over the globe has been around for a long time. It was discussed particularly intensely after the eruption of the Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines in 1991. Scientists examined the effects of the gigantic chemical cloud of 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide, which went into the stratosphere and there as sulfuric acid droplets floated around the globe for around a year. They looked like little mirrors that reflect sunlight. As a result, global temperatures reportedly decreased by 0.5 C for 1.5 years. It was then that the dream of “repairing” global warming arose.
Bill Gates: Lord of Heaven and Earth
As is so often the case with crazy projects, you will find there the name Bill Gates. Under the academic leadership of Harvard University and a 3 million US dollar donation from the Bill Gates Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research, “the potential of the project” is to be tested in a mini-test. A large balloon is to float into the stratosphere as early as June, 12 miles above the Swedish city of Kiruna. Equipped with a 2 kg sack of calcium carbonate dust and 600 kg of scientific equipment. Then the dust pack should be emptied and the reaction between lime dust particles and air analyzed. The whole thing is calculated in a computer model and can then be scaled to any size. This strategy should only be used in the desperate situation should parts of the planet become uninhabitable, but who decides that?
Strategy for climate wars?
However, experts warn of the devastating and unpredictable consequences of such an experiment, especially of the shift in natural weather patterns. The damage could be greater than climate change itself. The ozone layer, which protects us from dangerous UV rays that can cause cancer and DNA damage, could be destroyed. This “climate tinkering” can also disrupt the circulation of ocean currents, which in turn regulate our weather. Extreme global climatic events could ensue, destroying arable land, wiping out entire species and promoting disease epidemics. Shading the sun would lead to climate winners and losers. One could create perfect climatic conditions in one region of the world, but at the same time wreak havoc in another region. The temperature change in one part of the world leads to destruction in another part, because with respect to the world climate, everything is interconnected.
The change in the global average temperature would change the distribution of heat around the globe and thus the distribution of the amount of rain. Heat drives the water cycle – in which water evaporates, clouds form and falls as rain. Any change in heat would cause a corresponding shift in precipitation patterns. But how – and where exactly? There is no prediction of how the world’s long-term weather might react if a gigantic chemical “sunscreen” is applied. For this reason alone, this idea and the attempt to implement it fall into the category of “deadly megalomania.”