Published On: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017

Hurricane Irma may be LAST deadly storm on Earth as scientists RE-ENGINEER ATMOSPHERE | Science | News

In a bid to tackle climate change, a team of scientists have begun looking into ways to literally re-engineer the Earth’s atmosphere and weaken future storms that currently have the potential to be catastrophic.

The multinational team of experts are studying the ways in which pumping sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere – the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere – they can cool the planet and help to reduce the number of major storms.

The procedure would lead to what is known as the ‘sun-glasses effect’ where essentially the sulphuric aerosols can help to block out some of the heat coming into the atmosphere from the sun.

John Moore, who is the head of China’s geo-engineering research program and team leader of the research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the results would be similar to that of a volcanic eruption.

He told Popular Mechanics: “We’re basically mimicking a volcano and saying we’re going to put 5 billion tons of sulphates a year into the atmosphere 20 kilometres high, and we’ll do that for 50 years.”

The team say that the 1912 eruption of Katmai in Alaska “loaded the Northern Hemisphere with aerosol [sulphates], and [was] followed by the least active hurricane season on record.”

The only problem is however that sulphate aerosols would eventually erode the atmosphere, making the situation much, much worse in the future.

However, man-made aerosols which are not corrosive would be a viable alternative, but the scientists point out that the research is very much in its infancy.

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