Environmental groups call out Bill Gates for insanely dangerous global terraforming scheme: Geoengineers inch closer to Sun-dimming balloon tests
Paul Voosen, Robert Gorter, MD, PhD.and Guru Brar, Msc.
February 11th, 2021
Environmentalists in Sweden have finally come to their senses and now realize that polluting the atmosphere as part of some scheme to stop “climate change” is an insane, dangerous idea. We’ve covered the story here. It’s too little, too late, however, since the Bill Gates depopulation agenda will almost certainly succeed in exterminating six billion human beings in the coming years. That includes the brain dead environmentalists who never had any problem with GMOs, 5G or cancer-causing chemicals in personal care products, by the way.
Bill Gates’ “block the sun” SCoPEx balloon launch experiment in Sweden hits a snag as environmental groups express criticism
At multiple times, controversial solar geoengineering project has been criticized by environmental groups in Sweden. Scientists from the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) have planned to launch a high altitude balloon in June 2021 from the northernmost Swedish town of Kiruna, located in Lapland province. The project aimed to cool the earth and fight global warming by replicating the effect of a large volcanic eruption.
Swedish environmental groups have written to the government and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) to voice their opposition toward the SCoPEx project. These organizations included the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Greenpeace Sweden and Friends of the Earth Sweden. The groups noted in their letter that the inaugural SCOPEX balloon flight could be the first step toward the adoption of a potentially “dangerous, unpredictable and unmanageable” technology.
The groups said: “We appeal to the Swedish government to oppose the SSC’s involvement with SCoPEx’s proposed tests, as they are fundamentally incompatible with the precautionary principle, in breach of international norms and inconsistent with Sweden’s own climate policy framework.” They stressed that the technology SCoPEx is using has “the potential for extreme consequences” and that “there is no justification for testing and experimenting with technology that seems to be too dangerous to ever be used.”
An independent advisory committee would rule whether the June balloon test flight would push through or not. It is expected to release a decision on Feb. 15th 2021. The test flight to be facilitated by Harvard University scientists aimed to assess if the balloon could carry equipment for a future small-scale experiment. If the balloon proved capable, the next step would be spreading radiation-reflecting particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The use of these particles called stratospheric aerosols has been put forward by some parties as an alternative solution for addressing climate change. Stratospheric aerosols are anticipated to be a “plan B” for global warming in the event governments around the world do not take sufficient action. Studies appear to bolster support for solar geoengineering using these particles, touting the technology as safer and more affordable.
However, critics of solar geoengineering have argued that the world is yet to understand the repercussions of its use. They also pointed out that large-scale stratospheric aerosol injections could do more harm than good. Among the potential risks critics cited were damage to the ozone layer, heating in the stratosphere and disruption of ecosystems.
Dr. Robert Gorter: to block out sunlight with nanoparticles and unknown substances is a criminal idea pushed and paid for by a handful of billionaires like Bill Gates. There is little scientific knowledge and understanding about what these nanoparticles will do. Nanoparticles are so small that they are weightless and can circulate high up in the stratosphere for decades and possible centuries and will damage for sure the Ozone layer which protects us –among other things- from UV light. The effects of blocking out sunlight is an experiment on a global scale and decided upon and paid for by a very few. Can we let them do this?
For years, this controversial idea of solar geoengineering—lofting long-lived reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to block out sunlight and diminish global warming—has been theoretical. But, it is starting to get real: Today, after much technical and regulatory wrangling, Harvard University scientists are proposing a June 2021 test flight of a research balloon designed to drop small amounts of chalky dust and nanoparticles of Gold, and observe its effects.
This first flight would not inject the particles; it would only be a dry run of the steerable balloon and instruments needed to study chemical reactions in the stratosphere, the calm, cold layer more than 10 kilometers up. Even so, the project, called the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), must first win the approval of an independent advisory board, a decision that could come in February 2021.
The need to study the real-world effects of releasing reflective particles is pressing, says David Keith, a Harvard energy and climate scientist and one of SCoPEx’s lead scientists. Solar geoengineering is no substitute for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, he says, but it could ameliorate the worst damage of global warming, such as the extreme heat waves and storms that claim many lives today. “There is a real potential, maybe a significant potential, to reduce the risks of climate change this century—by a lot.”
Ideas for geoengineering come in many flavors. There are the so-called negative emissions technologies—sucking carbon dioxide out of the air using rocks or trees or machines—that would reduce Earth’s ability to trap heat. Solar geoengineering would reduce the heat Earth receives in the first place. One idea, based on the tracks of ocean ships, is to seed reflective clouds; another is inspired by volcanoes, which can spew sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere and appreciably cool the planet.
But research in solar geoengineering has long been taboo, says Faye McNeill, an atmospheric chemist at Columbia University who is unaffiliated with SCoPEx. “We didn’t want it to appear that we were encouraging it.” One fear is that solar geoengineering could be done unilaterally by groups or nations, with unknown effects on plant growth and rainfall patterns. Another worry is that it would encourage a sort of addiction, adding more and more particles to block warming while not addressing the root problem of mounting emissions. But now, with so much warming already locked in, “the urgency of the climate problem has escalated,” McNeill says.
SCoPEx is not only a science experiment, but also an important test of the governance of geoengineering, says Peter Frumhoff, chief climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “We need to learn about the advisory process as much as the experiment itself.” A new wrinkle for SCoPEx is that the flight will be in Sweden, not the southwestern United States, as previously envisioned. The team will now use balloons launched by the Swedish Space Corporation, flying out of Kiruna. “That raises a number of questions around what the role of public consent and informed discussions in Sweden will look like,” Frumhoff says, adding that the advisory board is dominated by U.S. experts.
For all of the precedents SCoPEx will set, the proposed experiment is quite modest. It will cost several million dollars and has been funded by private donors, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. After much investigation, the team settled on using calcium carbonate -chalk, essentially- as an ideal light-blocking particle. Unlike sulfates, which can lead to ozone loss, calcium carbonate is not particularly reactive. But because it does not exist naturally in the stratosphere, models for its behavior are uncertain, Keith says. “Models rest on previous data. And where that previous data is scanty, it’s important to do a lot of experiments,” both in the lab and field, he says. Another option would be nano-sized gold particles as gold, as a precious metal, is inert
When the team is ready for its first research flight, which will depend on the performance of the test flight, the SCoPEx balloon would release up to 2 kilograms of calcium carbonate into the stratosphere and double back to observe the resulting plume. Keith’s previous calculations suggested the particles might help replenish the ozone layer by reacting with ozone-destroying molecules. But now lab experiments from the Harvard team, published today in Communications Earth & Environment, have found the compound to be relatively inert to that chemistry—still a step up from ozone-depleting sulfates, however.
This lab work, however, only scratches the barest surface of how calcium carbonate will behave in the stratosphere, says Daniel Cziczo, an atmospheric chemist at Purdue University who is skeptical of SCoPEx. “This is the most basic start on the most basic material they’ve proposed,” he says. Even if it doesn’t deplete ozone, calcium carbonate will react with other gases and particles in the stratosphere, changing its composition— and potentially seed clouds in the lower atmosphere that might cool or warm the planet, he says. Much more about the downstream reactions of the altered calcium carbonate should be studied in the lab without any atmospheric release, he adds.
The bar for intentionally releasing particles into the atmosphere needs to be high, even if it is a pittance compared with the aerosols spewed by a single airplane flight, says Alan Robock, a climate scientist and geoengineering modeler at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “The only reason to do that is if we have scientific questions that can’t be answered indoors.” Decades ago, lab work was enough to figure out the complex chemistry that was depleting the ozone hole, Cziczo says. “Nobody doing ozone depletion work felt they had to go into the stratosphere and cause chemical reactions.” Is SCoPEx, he asks, so different?
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