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(Mother Nature Network)   Scientists from the land that brought us kilts, bagpipes, and haggis think grinding up an asteroid and using the dust to shield Earth will help stop climate change   (mnn.com) divider line 80
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2012-10-02 11:11:25 AM

Richard_The_Clown: I can think of another Scottish scientist who tried something similar...

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Came here for this leaving satisfied in 3 posts! Well done!
 
2012-10-02 11:11:44 AM
All of those things are awesome, so this plan is awesome by default.

Joce678: They may be right...but what happens if they release too much dust?


Such is the risk of geo-engineering.

Personally I don't think anything will come of it.
As much as people might say other wise, the fact is that global warming is a very profitable problem for the right folks and a dangerous one to attempt fixing. So the resolution will be to not do a damn thing about any of it but to more Prius limousines and windmills for the mansion.

That way everyone gets to feel good about waiting for the inevitable to pass.
 
2012-10-02 11:14:00 AM

SpectroBoy: Joe Blowme: What about a consensus on the tech to clean it up, will that suffice?

I'd like to see a at least working prototype. It's the only planet we got.


but it would be a consensus
 
2012-10-02 11:17:56 AM
Ye blootered boggers.
 
2012-10-02 11:32:08 AM

dready zim:

Bourbon is a recipe from wales. John `jack the lad` daniels got the recipe from his welsh grandmother...


It's just m'rumatizz med'cine.

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2012-10-02 11:47:26 AM

Deathfrogg: Don't knock Scottish Engineers. They invented the steam engine, the railroad locomotive, the differential heat engine, the blast furnace, the repeating rifle, the revolver, the first precision lathe, the mill, the vacuum still, the first functional telephone. Not to mention the best distilled alcoholics beverage the world has ever seen.


This. Laphroig and Glenmorangie FTW.

I have a friend who is of the opinion that most Scottish food is based on a dare. I don't think she's wrong.
 
2012-10-02 12:05:29 PM
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We could hit up a comet for some icewater...
 
2012-10-02 12:13:48 PM
Actually it's not too far off.

We've actually gotten good at reducing particulate air pollution, not so much on the greenhouse gasses. The result is that we've paradoxically made global warming worse - the particulate air pollution was blocking the sunlight and mitigating the effects of the greenhouse gasses.
 
2012-10-02 12:14:55 PM

kiwimoogle84: I have a friend who is of the opinion that most Scottish food is based on a dare. I don't think she's wrong.


Scottish food is based on the fact that the farking English stole everything worth eating.
 
2012-10-02 12:20:44 PM

Jim.Casy: Scotland was just about "Kilts, haggis, and whisky."


And hot, feisty redheads.

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2012-10-02 12:24:28 PM

Spiralmonkey: In what way were they not Scottish?


In the same way that I'm not Italian. My ANCESTRY is Italian but *I* am American.
 
2012-10-02 12:25:01 PM

clyph: Scottish food is based on the fact that the farking English stole everything worth eating.


So they claimed the right to Prima Gustus???
 
2012-10-02 12:30:26 PM

clyph: Spiralmonkey: In what way were they not Scottish?

In the same way that I'm not Italian. My ANCESTRY is Italian but *I* am American.


Which people in particular are you talking about? Who is it you are claiming is of Scottish ancestry but not actually Scottish?
 
2012-10-02 12:35:07 PM
Any solution to global warming other than reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is still going to result in massive climate change. An Earth with a higher albedo (from space dust, aircraft contrails, a solar shade, or whatever) and a stronger greenhouse effect isn't the same, even if the overall temperature hasn't changed; the distribution and timing of the heat will be totally different. Local climates will shift, growing seasons will change, and some areas will become more or less habitable. Sea levels might rise or fall. Biodiversity will decrease as climates change on the local scale and indigenous species can't react. There have been some suggestions that this would result in a lot of drought as the direct warming of the oceans by the sun is reduced, cutting the amount of evaporation and the resulting rainfall.

It's better than simply letting the heat increase forever, but it's not really much better. It's not a real solution.
 
2012-10-02 01:11:58 PM

Spiralmonkey: Who is it you are claiming is of Scottish ancestry but not actually Scottish


Anyone who wasn't a Scotish citizen/subject when he did the shait he was famous for.
 
2012-10-02 01:25:18 PM

JackieRabbit: It's not weird at all, subby. While it is impractical, it is based in knowledge. The Clean Air Act had some unintended consequences. It, and similar clean air regulations around the world, was directly responsible for greatly reducing the amount of particulate emissions into the atmosphere. These particles served to reflect quite a bit of incoming sunlight back into space. The Clean Air Act didn't do much about gaseous emissions, so greenhouse gases continued to rise. So a combination of a reduction of particulate and a steady increase of gaseous emissions combined to accelerate atmospheric warming.


Wait! That's complicated. Fark Liberals don't like complicated. Please keep things simple: it is all the fault of the ebil oil kkkompanies.
 
2012-10-02 01:43:39 PM

GranoblasticMan: [i16.photobucket.com image 599x479]


HRNK

makes my heart soar
 
2012-10-02 01:49:00 PM

Joe Blowme: And then when it cycles back to cooling how do we take the shiat back out?


I remember reading about a proposal for huge mirrors, or better yet, huge arrays of solar cells. These could generate beamed power and shade large areas of the planet. If things got too cold, move them or reduce the square footage of coverage.

But this takes technology, and is therefore Bad.
 
2012-10-02 01:51:08 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: It was a Scot that discovered Penicillin too..


A long list of stuff
 
2012-10-02 02:30:49 PM

clyph: Spiralmonkey: Who is it you are claiming is of Scottish ancestry but not actually Scottish

Anyone who wasn't a Scotish citizen/subject when he did the shait he was famous for.


So in fact you don't know and are just trolling (badly).
 
2012-10-02 02:44:19 PM

clyph: Jim.Casy: Scotland was just about "Kilts, haggis, and whisky."

And hot, feisty redheads.


"You're Scottish! Go fry something!"
 
2012-10-02 03:07:24 PM

Richard_The_Clown: I can think of another Scottish scientist who tried something similar...

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it did work, just not for the best
 
2012-10-02 03:46:16 PM
Let's see, possible negative outcomes: 1) overdoing it and causing an ice age, or B) diverting a giant asteroid into the earth and ending all life. And even granting we could somehow guarantee avoiding both of those catastrophes, this doesn't exactly sound cheap.

Do I hear planting more trees? Anyone? Maybe something with a nice algae?
 
2012-10-02 04:07:49 PM

Dinkledort: Let's see, possible negative outcomes: 1) overdoing it and causing an ice age, or B) diverting a giant asteroid into the earth and ending all life. And even granting we could somehow guarantee avoiding both of those catastrophes, this doesn't exactly sound cheap.

Do I hear planting more trees? Anyone? Maybe something with a nice algae?


Why not just quit your job and devote your life to planting trees and growing algae?? You sound like you're asking someone else to do what you want rather than taking initiative and doing it yourself. You might have more success that way.

I'll support you from here.
 
2012-10-02 04:14:56 PM

Spiralmonkey: .

Descent? Please enlighten me.



It's the highest form or patriotic.
 
2012-10-02 04:18:51 PM
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"Now, the beancounters told me we literally could not afford to buy $7 worth of moon rocks, much less 70 million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground them up, mixed them into a gel, and guess what: ground-up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill."
 
2012-10-02 05:01:45 PM

RobSeace: [i1.theportalwiki.net image 250x380]

"Now, the beancounters told me we literally could not afford to buy $7 worth of moon rocks, much less 70 million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground them up, mixed them into a gel, and guess what: ground-up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill."


I made that reference 6 hours ago.
 
2012-10-02 05:13:30 PM

Cyno01: RobSeace: [i1.theportalwiki.net image 250x380]

"Now, the beancounters told me we literally could not afford to buy $7 worth of moon rocks, much less 70 million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground them up, mixed them into a gel, and guess what: ground-up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill."

I made that reference 6 hours ago.


Well, shiat... I skimmed, but totally missed it... You should've added the picture!
 
2012-10-02 05:46:37 PM

RobSeace: Cyno01: RobSeace: [i1.theportalwiki.net image 250x380]

"Now, the beancounters told me we literally could not afford to buy $7 worth of moon rocks, much less 70 million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground them up, mixed them into a gel, and guess what: ground-up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill."

I made that reference 6 hours ago.

Well, shiat... I skimmed, but totally missed it... You should've added the picture!


Yeah, i was on my phone.
 
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2012-10-03 05:21:51 AM
New name for earth: "Auld Reekie."
 
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