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‘Space Bubbles’ could combat climate change by creating a floating shield between Earth and the sun

Climate change is causing more frequent and intense droughts, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels and melting glaciers, and to stop this destruction, MIT researchers propose “Space Bubbles” to shield Earth from the sun’s rays to combat the devastation.

This geoengineering idea would include inflatable bubbles, organized in a circle the size of Brazil, that would sit between the Earth and the sun, preventing radiation from hitting our planet.

“We believe that inflating thin film spheres directly in the space of a homogeneous molten material, such as silicon, can provide the variation in thickness that refracts a broader wave spectrum and allows us to avoid having to launch large structural film elements. said the team. share in a press release

While Space Bubbles could reduce the amount of radiation hitting the Earth, the innovation is intended to complement, not replace, current efforts to combat climate change.

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MIT researchers propose 'Space Bubbles' to shield Earth from the sun's rays to fight the devastation

MIT researchers propose ‘Space Bubbles’ to shield Earth from the sun’s rays to fight the devastation

According to the team at MITs Senseable City Labbubbles have been tested in space conditions that they believe could one day be used to deflect solar radiation.

“Space-based solutions would be safer – for example, if we deflect 1.8 percent of incident solar radiation before it reaches our planet, we could completely reverse the current global warming,” the press release reads.

“Since bubbles can be intentionally destroyed by disrupting their surface equilibrium,” the announcement continues, “this would make the solar geoengineering solution completely reversible and significantly reduce space debris.”

The giant shield would sit at Lagrange Point, the area between the Earth and the sun and where the James Webb telescope is, which the team says is the ideal place to collect radiation before it hits our planet.

This geoengineering idea would include inflatable bubbles, organized in a circle the size of Brazil, that would sit between the Earth and the Sun, preventing the radiation from hitting our planet.

This geoengineering idea would include inflatable bubbles, organized in a circle the size of Brazil, that would sit between the Earth and the Sun, preventing the radiation from hitting our planet.

The team notes that if we deflect 1.8 percent of incident solar radiation before it reaches our planet, we could completely reverse current global warming.

The team notes that if we deflect 1.8 percent of incident solar radiation before it reaches our planet, we could completely reverse current global warming.

The team also notes that they have conducted a successful preliminary experiment with their futuristic Space Bubbles.

This was done by inflating a spherical shell in space, including the temperature and pressure in the space.

The Space Bubbles research project builds on the ideas of scientist James Early, who first proposed deploying a deflecting object at Lagrangian Point, and astronomer Roger Angel, who proposed the bubble raft.

Although geoengineering sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, it is used in the real world.

Last year, the United Arab Emirates used geoengineering to create rain in Dubai to beat sweltering temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The rain was formed using drone technology that gives clouds an electric shock to “coax” them to clump together and produce precipitation.

A report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), also released in 2021, proposed geoengineering for Earth’s oceans to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to combat climate change.

The ideas include adding fertilizer to increase the growth of small photosynthetic compounds, passing electrical currents through the water to increase alkalinity, and changing the chemistry of the seawater.

Scott Doney, committee chair and professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia who authored the report, said in a statement. pronunciation: ‘Ocean carbon dioxide removal strategies are already being discussed by scientists, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs as possible climate response strategies.

‘Right now, society and policy makers do not have the information they need to evaluate the effects and trade-offs of these climate responses.

“If we’re going to make fully informed decisions about the future of our ocean and climate, we’ll need to do very critical research over the next decade.”

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), also released in 2021, proposed geoengineering for Earth's oceans to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to combat climate change.

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), also released in 2021, proposed geoengineering for Earth’s oceans to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to combat climate change.

But a 2015 report says this kind of “climate engineering” — where natural processes are manipulated after the emissions are released — is just a quick and inexpensive solution.

In the long run, such drastic geoengineering measures are “irrational and irresponsible” and could ultimately damage the planet, according to a US panel of scientists.

“There is no substitute for dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change,” the National Research Council said in a two-part report on proposed climate intervention techniques.

“If society ultimately decides to intervene in the Earth’s climate, all actions must be based on a much larger body of scientific research, including ethical and social dimensions, than is currently available.”

The Washington-based panel urged “albedo-modification technologies, which aim to increase the ability of the Earth or clouds to reflect incoming sunlight,” saying they pose “significant risks and should not be used at this time.” deployed’.

Such techniques would only temporarily mask the warming effect caused by high CO2 concentrations, posing serious known and potentially unknown environmental, social and political risks, the report said.

CRIMING SPECIES: EXPERTS PREDICT GLOBAL WARMING WILL CRIMPING OF CREATURES

A recent study in Canada found that the region’s beetles have shrunk over the past century.

By looking at eight species of beetle and measuring the animals past and present, they found that some beetles adapted to smaller body sizes.

The data also showed that the larger beetles shrink, but the smaller ones do not.

About 50 million years ago, the earth warmed by three degrees Celsius and as a result the animal species shrank by 14 percent.

Another warming event about 55 million years ago — called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) — warmed the Earth to eight degrees Celsius (14.4 °F).

In this case, the animal species of that time have shrunk by up to a third.

Woolly mammoths suffered from a warming climate, shrinking habitat and increased hunting from a growing early human population that drove them to extinction — along with many large animals

Woolly mammoths suffered from a warming climate, shrinking habitat and increased hunting from a growing early human population that drove them to extinction — along with many large animals

Shrinking in body size can be seen from various global warming.

As global temperatures continue to rise, the average size of most animals is expected to decline.

In addition to global warming, the world has seen a dramatic decline in the number of large animals.

So-called ‘megafauna’ are large animals that are going extinct. With long life spans and relatively small populations, they are less able to adapt to rapid changes than smaller animals that reproduce more frequently.

Often hunted for trophies or for food, large animals such as the mastadon, mammoths and the western black rhinoceros, which were declared extinct in 2011, have been hunted to extinction.

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