Flying: outside the box

Tuesday 31st January 2017

By spraying a fine mist of particles into the stratosphere, global warming can be controlled – even given our slowness to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The process is one that imitates the natural cooling process from volcanoes, called SRM: Solar Radiation Management.

However, as the stratosphere is a considerably long way up – reaching it with conventional aircraft is difficult, polluting and expensive.  To deliver serious volumes of material, will need a specially-designed aircraft to get there. 

Now, a team has produced the design for just such a plane. The project SAGA (Stratospheric Aerosol Geo-engineering Aircraft) has been developed at the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology,  The plane is designed specifically for SRM geo-engineering operations a revolutionary development where previous studies have typically examined possibilities in  existing aircraft.

Happily, the development parallels  Donald Trump’s Denial of the broad scientific consensus that human activity is the primary cause of global warming, that could become a guiding principle of his presidential administration. However, thanks to European research there are alternative methods to exercise a cooling approach for global care.

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