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."
Harvard and Yale scientists are proposing that we tackle climate change by dimming the sun. It sounds crazy, but a… https://t.co/Wea3TDSfTo— CNN (@CNN)1542987605.0
Scientists are proposing an ingenious but as yet unproven way to tackle climate change: spraying sun-dimming chemic… https://t.co/ssWWxsxI2S— WKBT News 8 (@WKBT News 8)1543064581.0
People were disgusted that we'd consider fighting the sun before fixing the problems that have caused climate change.
lol we will fight the sun before we take on capitalism https://t.co/B5dqRfVmvT— Brandy Jensen (@Brandy Jensen)1543008514.0
Dimming the sun sounds like a plot line from a bad disaster movie.
@CNN Where have I seen this idea before? That’s right... https://t.co/3J8ooB4crZ— BeantownMcJew (@BeantownMcJew)1543063035.0
this movie sounds terrible https://t.co/6rAeF8a7rj— joe (@joe)1543022198.0
This is the plot of Highlander 2: The Quickening https://t.co/Aag84OTAie— Trevor Risk (@Trevor Risk)1543092861.0
Or perhaps like a few movies we've actually seen before.
THIS IS HOW HUMANS ENDED UP MOVING CLOSER TO THE EARTH'S CORE AND FOUNDING ZION. HAVE NONE OF YOU SEEN THE MATRIX… https://t.co/vaIs6mfy4r— launda rhimes (@launda rhimes)1543047081.0
“We do know it was us that scorched the sky.” - Morpheus (next up: we’re all all converted to Coppertops for the im… https://t.co/eL8XjGr59u— Molly Cantrell-Kraig (@Molly Cantrell-Kraig)1543022184.0
A scientist involved in the study chimed in on Twitter, accusing news outlets like CNN of oversimplifying their work.
Hm, no CNN. The paper says nothing of this sort. Amazingly, with all the media coverage this paper is getting, onl… https://t.co/cmJGmfE4af— Gernot Wagner (@Gernot Wagner)1543032460.0
In truth, the report was simply analyzing the potential costs of the procedure—not proposing it.
Solar geoengineering could be ‘remarkably inexpensive’ – report https://t.co/At8zHAJnEo— Guardian Science (@Guardian Science)1542932103.0
Solar geoengineering would spread sun-blocking particles into the stratosphere to cool the earth, and researchers h… https://t.co/ZFcOsdovdj— Unearthed (@Unearthed)1542977429.0
Regardless, Twitter users knew where they stood when it came to the idea.
So, to survive as a species we could: A) Convert to proven sources of renewable energy, recommit to international… https://t.co/AWls03Do9r— Eric Klinenberg (@Eric Klinenberg)1543026084.0
Or or oooorrrrrrr we could simply stop polluting so much and driving SUVs everywhere and we could live in reasonabl… https://t.co/bC636KS2W1— Patrick Thornton (@Patrick Thornton)1543028592.0
The study specifically says, "We make no judgment about the desirability...." It's an examination of the costs and… https://t.co/EZ98xmBM7K— James Temple (@James Temple)1543009634.0
Ultimately, solar geoengineering would be far from a simple solution.
Alexa, dim the sun. https://t.co/s3nBacI2S0— Machine Pun Kelly (@Machine Pun Kelly)1543012214.0
In all seriousness: small-scale geo-engineering will probably be a part of mitigating climate change but any large… https://t.co/WDip2o5Ta6— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer)1543022237.0
If you're not willing to nuke a few volcanoes to dim the planet, can you really say you're all-in on cooling the pl… https://t.co/MFET9Nj8m2— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1543091813.0
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!
Going out for......Dim Sun? Who is joining me!!?? https://t.co/54qywPmb5F— Questlove (In E flat) (@Questlove (In E flat))1543048346.0