Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why Global Warming Does Not Matter, Part Two

The Hall Weather Machine and Geoengineering
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Geoengineering
J. Storrs Hall Weather Machine

The Hall Weather Machine is not so much a machine as a collection of millions of small machines floating in the stratosphere above earth. From what I gather, each of these small machines is a lighter than air bubble filled with hydrogen. The aggregate sum of millions of machines in the air forms the ability to block a small percentage of the suns radiative energy: about one tenth of one percent. This is enough to alter climate on a grand scale, but not to control weather itself. The bubbles are each outfitted with a photo-voltaic cell for energy, GPS for tracking, and the ability to actuate (turn) and change its behavior relative to the wind. One aspect that needs to be mentioned is that all components would of course need to be biodegradable. The weather machine has potential ethical implications, and such a device would need to be governed by international treaty on a Do No Harm Basis, similar to the Hippocratic oath. The idea, however, is methodologically sound, and could provide the means to mitigate climate chance until new energy sources came to replace fossil fuels. This could be done at a fraction of the costs of political solutions. If done right, there would be no loss of life, which is also better than artificial reductions in C emissions. Further information is quoted below on this remarkable and intriguing idea. From Nanotechnology Now;
"These balloons are each between a millimeter and a centimeter in diameter, made of a few-nanometer thick diamondoid membrane. Each balloon is filled with hydrogen to enable it to float at an altitude of 60,000 to 100,000 feet, high above the clouds. It is bisected by an adjustable sheet, and also includes solar cells, a small computer, a GPS receiver to keep track of its location, and an actuator to occasionally (and relatively slowly) move the bisecting membrane between vertical and horizontal orientations. Just like with a regular high-altitude balloon, the heavier control and energy storage systems would be on the bottom of the balloon to automatically set the vertical axis without requiring any energy. The balloon would also have a water vapor/hydrogen generator system for altitude control, giving it the same directional navigation properties that an ordinary hot-air balloon has when it changes altitudes to take advantage of different wind directions at different altitudes."
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