On May 11, 2011 a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the town of Lorca in southern Spain. It was the country's worst quake in 50 years, killing 9, injuring nearly 300 and dealing millions in damages to Spain's struggling economy. Scientists have been searching for the cause of this "unusually shallow" quake and recently published an interesting theory.
The Guardian is reporting evidence of a geoengineering experiment that took place off the coast of Canada. Apparently, some American businessman lied to an indigenous Canadian community to get permission to dump 100 tons of iron sulphate into the Pacific in a scheme to make money from carbon credits. WTF.
While politicians tiptoe around climate change, scientists are coming up with more and more mind-numbingly cool ways to mitigate its causes and effects. Falling along the lines of other geo-engineering projects, a new approach suggests using asteroid dust to block and absorb solar radiation well before it can reach the Earth.
Seeing as we can all agree that global warming is definitely real, it's probably a good idea to start doing something about it. Making slight changes to our lifestyle is obviously a ridiculously thing to suggest, so let's move on to more realistic schemes like global weather modification through controlled atmospheric aerosol release, which might actually be affordable.
Not sold on that artificial volcano idea as a method of modifying our climate? Here's something else to try: dumping massive amounts of iron into the oceans to spur algae blooms that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Ocean fertilization, as it's called, isn't a new idea, but newly published experimental results suggest that it might actually make sense.
What with global warming definitely on the rise, we're going to start seeing more and more heat waves like the ones that made the last few weeks so miserable for all y'all who don't live on the West Coast, like me. One proposed idea to deal with the problem is a fake volcano, created by pumping large amounts of sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere.
When we think about geothermal energy, we usually think about somewhere like Iceland, which has more volcanoes that it knows what to do with. But according to a new study funded by Google.org, the U.S. has the potential to easily, right now, replace all of our coal-fired power plants with clean and endless geothermal power.
One way to combat global warming is for us to stop emitting greenhouse gases. Really, it's the best way. But if we can't make that happen, Plan B is to just zero out artificial global warming with artificial global cooling, and an ambitious test involving giant balloons spraying water is about to take place off the coast of Britain.