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Professor Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of Engineering Design at Edinburgh University, believes he can manufacture clouds that could help save the planet from global warming.
Salter, who invented one of the first devices to turn wave power into electricity, claims that the highly reflective clouds could be used to bounce more of the sun’s rays back into space — counteracting rising temperatures caused by a build-up of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere.
His technique, which is being examined by the environment department, involves using a fine mist of sea spray to increase the density, and whiteness, of low-lying stratocumulus.
Salter, whose research will be published in Atmospheric Research, claims that by increasing the reflectivity of a third of clouds by 4% he could offset global warming.