Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Friday, 22 July 2011

A little more volcanism may be a good thing


All this volcanism of late may in fact turn out to be a good thing in the long run. Even if you have to hang around at the airport for a few extra hours until the ash cloud clears, or a few extra days in some cases... The thing is that these volcanic eruptions spew a great deal of sulfur into the atmosphere. When it gets up into the stratosphere, sulfur even at low levels can reflect a great deal of sunlight. This in turn reduces temperatures on earth.

While this is obviously not a permanent solution to global warming and climate change bio-engineers are looking at the feasibility of injecting small amounts of sulfur into the stratosphere. There are numerous ways of this being done, such as using a big balloon to hold a light-weight tube several kilometers long up into the stratosphere to release sulfur. Artillery has also been suggest as a possible high atmosphere sulfur injection method.

Other ways of increasing levels of sulfur in the atmosphere and thus decreasing global temperatures include man made volcanoes. EPIC! Though I fear the repercussions from any such action would undoubtedly have the potential to pose a greater threat to people than climate change if actions aren't thought out with all risks considered.

In the meanwhile, let's pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster for a supervolcano to appear somewhere unpopulated. Antarctica maybe, or Utah...

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