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15 April, 2024
 
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NASA's ice particle strategy to combat global warming

Can ice particles really cool the earth?

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NASA scientists have revealed a bold strategy to tackle climate change: deploying ice particles into the sky. The plan involves releasing tons of ice particles into the upper atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft, flying at heights exceeding 58,000 feet, as reported by Daily Mail.

According to a report on The News International, the objective is to freeze water vapor, preventing it from transforming into greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat in Earth's atmosphere. By dehydrating the stratosphere, where water vapor turns into heat-trapping gas, the process aims to regulate Earth's temperature.

Collaborating on this initiative are NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This endeavor, known as "geoengineering," represents a novel addition to strategies combating climate change, supplementing emission reduction efforts.

Lead author Joshua Schwarz, a physicist at NOAA, emphasized that while the concept holds promise, it is not currently implementable. He noted its limited effectiveness, estimating that the proposed method would only cool the atmosphere by a fraction, equivalent to the warming effect of CO2.

Schwarz underlined the need for further research and cautioned against viewing geoengineering as a standalone solution. Instead, it should complement existing efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

[With information sourced from The News International]

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