Proposal To Slow Climate Change By 'Dimming The Sun' Gets Roasted—But Scientists Say 'Not So Fast'

A recent study conducted by scientists from Harvard and Yale Universities analyzed the potential cost and effects of a previously untested way to fight climate change: "solar geoengineering." This technique would involved pumping chemicals into the atmosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight making it to the earth's surface.

Many news outlets from around the world interpreted that as "dimming the sun."



People were disgusted that we'd consider fighting the sun before fixing the problems that have caused climate change.

Dimming the sun sounds like a plot line from a bad disaster movie.



Or perhaps like a few movies we've actually seen before.


A scientist involved in the study chimed in on Twitter, accusing news outlets like CNN of oversimplifying their work.

In truth, the report was simply analyzing the potential costs of the procedure—not proposing it.


Regardless, Twitter users knew where they stood when it came to the idea.



Ultimately, solar geoengineering would be far from a simple solution.



Enjoy that sun while you can because, if we don't get our act together and reduce carbon emissions, our only option might be to dim it!

H/T - Twitter, CNN

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