posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 11:47 PM
reply to post by mrperplexed
Baum's paper is written vague because it is describing what would happen once proposed Stratospheric Aerosol Injections were stopped. From what I
understand, the injections haven't started yet.
Baum argues that SAI programs aren't sustainable or eco-friendly because it does nothing to address the cause of CO2 in the atmosphere and actually
encourages increased emissions. If funding for these programs were suddenly stopped due to war, societal collapse, or even sequestration, society will
feel the pain of solar radiation, especially at a time when we will need to depend on the stabilization of our environment.
Right now I think this is an idea that he's arguing against.
Currently making clouds whiter (increasing albedo) has been suggested to decrease the intensity of solar radiation, which would allow the effects of
global warming to slow down. I've yet to find a link to a govt. site that state they have Aerosol injection operations.
I have found information from states that participate in cloud seeding, which is sending particulates into the air to make precipitation (not
increased albedo, which is what Baum wrote about).
The Desert Research Institute in Nevada has been seeding clouds, to make snow in the Sierra's for the past 40 years.
DRI: Cloud Seeding Program
This National Geographic article, written to explain the scientific article proposed in the OP may help with further understanding the scientific
Why Geoengineering won't work forever