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Conspiracy Theory No More, Harvard Reveals Big Oil-Approved ‘Stratospheric Injection’ Geoengineering

by Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project:

Officially kicking rumors of ‘chemtrails’ into overdrive, Harvard scientists announced the launch of a $20 million geoengineering program, set to kick off mere weeks from now — the first such project this comprehensive in scope — in a bid to stave off soaring global temperatures.

Geoengineering, in other words, just moved one colossal step closer to reality, on a massive scale, but what some scientists see as a viable, cost-effective solution, at an estimated $10 billion, others see as a nightmarish development — which could eventually spawn catastrophic drought.

“Sometime next year,” MIT Technology Review explains, “Harvard professors David Keith and Frank Keutsch hope to launch a high-altitude balloon, tethered to a gondola equipped with propellers and sensors, from a site in Tucson, Arizona. After initial engineering tests, the ‘StratoCruiser’ would spray a fine mist of materials such as sulfur dioxide, alumina, or calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The sensors would then measure the reflectivity of the particles, the degree to which they disperse or coalesce, and the way they interact with other compounds in the atmosphere.”

“We would like to have the first flights next year,” asserted Professor David Keith during the Forum on U.S. Solar Geoengineering Research, held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

According to MIT Technology Review, this expansive study will be one of the first to examine geoengineering as a potential palliative for the issue of global warming performed outside the confines of a laboratory or other controlled environment.

“This is not the first or the only university study,” said project co-founder, Gernot Wagner, cited by the Guardian, “but it is most certainly the largest, and the most comprehensive.

Some scientists firmly contend rising temperatures and the onslaught of drastic weather events — as well as destruction of the overall ecosystem resulting from both — make advanced experimentation to manipulate the planet’s atmosphere and reduce solar impact a paramount priority.

Keith feels so strongly about the potential for geoengineering — publishing on the topic since the early 1990s — he has attempted to garner approval for the project since 2014, when it was first proposed.

An experiment planned for New Mexico, and slated to launch in 2012 never came to fruition; but, in early February 2013, the esteemed scientist and engineer argued it would be “negligent” not to conduct experiments, but added,

“I’m not saying it will work, and I’m not saying we should do it [but] it would be reckless not to begin serious research on it. The sooner we find out whether it works or not, the better.”

Keutsch expressed similar reservations on the implementation of solar geoengineering on a massive scale, terming it “a terrifying prospect” to be avoided unless all other avenues have been exhausted; however, he noted,

“At the same time, we should never choose ignorance over knowledge in a situation like this.

“If you put heat into the stratosphere, it may change how much water gets transported from the troposphere to the stratosphere, and the question is how much are you [creating] a domino effect with all kinds of consequences? What we can do to quantify this is to start with lab studies and try to understand the relevant properties of these aerosols.”

While the Harvard scientists conveyed tempered optimism about the program, others maintain implementing solar geoengineering as widely as would be efficacious could annihilate certain localized ecosystems — such as the 1,000-kilometer (~ 621-mile) sub-Saharan expanse known as Africa’s Sahel.
In a 2013 study controverting the theoretical benefits of geoengineering, a group of British meteorologists found — rather than providing an insulating shield of protection — the practice could mean disaster of unimaginable proportions.

Although unable to assess definitively whether future geoengineering could be the planetary catastrophe they suspect, the scientists did note for that study that “loading aerosols into the northern hemisphere stratosphere would cause Sahelian drought.”

This is quite the critical potentiality when taken contextually with the last Sahelian drought — a two-decade event, from 1970 through 1990, which killed at least 250,000 people and displaced 10 million — later determined to be “one of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters.

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