Hurricane Forcing: Can Tropical Cyclones Be Stopped?
The oceanographers I interviewed for this piece were not kind to v1.0 of the Salter Sink as proposed in Salter’s first paper on the subject. They did want to see more research on it, however. I’m beginning to think that Intellectual Ventures’ policy of revealing its new inventions before papers on them have wound their way through peer review is a mistake.
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It turns out that removing CO2 from the smokestack of a coal fired power plant and then burying it under ground in a process called Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is the most costly, least efficient way to interdict carbon before it hits the atmosphere.
Albedo Yachts and Marine Clouds: A Cure for Climate Change?
There has been a lot written about Marine Cloud Brightening, which in geoengineering circles is sort of like the Pepsi to the Coca Cola that is the attempt to cool the earth with what’s essentially an artificial volcanic eruption.
Here’s the thing that always got me: would the seemingly fantastical ships required to realize Marine Cloud Brightening even work? It seemed like the most interesting angle to pursue when my editor at Scientific American, Dave Biello, got interested in commissioning a piece on the scheme. So even though the headline at SciAm doesn’t indicate it, this is really a deep dive into the engineering side of this particular geoengineering scheme.
This story is twice as crazy as this short piece, written on a tight deadline, could encompass, but the dek pretty well sums it up:
“Competitors battle for the right to register your .eco website—and save the environment in the process.”
Can A Domain Change the World?