I actually worked on Bill Gates superyacht, "The Serene," when it was in dry dock, Rotterdam back in 1997, I remember being amazed at the wonderful technology built into the superyacht and I thought at the time, Bill Gates is an amazingly smart guy.
Fast forward to 2019, Bill Gates wants to spray millions of tonnes of dust into the stratosphere to stop global warming, he wants to filter out Sunlite and bounce it back into space to cool the planet!
Conformation the lunatics are in charge of the asylum, yes they are...
Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) as it is known is already four decades into completion, Harvard University was kicking this idea around when I was working on Mr Gates's superyacht back in 1997.
One of the Harvard team's directors, Lizzie Burns, admits: 'Our idea is terrifying. Wow, you don't say Lizzie.
The project is being funded by billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and pioneered by scientists at Harvard University. Indeed, the plans are so well advanced that the initial 'sky-clouding' experiments were meant to have begun months ago.
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, it could trigger a disastrous series of chain reactions, creating climate havoc in the form of serious droughts and hurricanes, and bring death to millions of people around the world. Not to mention that spreading dust into the stratosphere may damage the ozone layer that protects us from hazardous ultraviolet radiation which can damage human DNA and cause cancers.
Climatologists are also concerned that such tinkering could unintentionally disrupt the circulation of ocean currents that regulate our weather. This itself could unleash a global outbreak of extreme climatic events that might devastate farmland, wipe out entire species and foster disease epidemics. The potential for disaster does not even end there. Trying to dim the Sun's rays would likely create climate winners and losers. Now that sounds like a good idea for a weapon right? There is a further peril. The technology involved is seductively cheap, perhaps less than $10 billion a year. This means that an individual nation could use it for their own ends — perhaps as a weapon of war or blackmail. What's to stop a nation such as Russia interfering with our weather in the same way it has interfered with elections and social media opinions? Nevertheless, Harvard scientists maintain that they can manage their brainchild safely.
So where did the idea for such a mind-boggling scheme come from?
According to the Daily Mail, the inspiration was in part spawned by a natural disaster. When the volcano Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines exploded in 1991, it killed more than 700 people and left more than 200,000 homeless. As a result, global temperatures were reduced by 0.5c for around a year and a half. But it also gave scientists the chance to monitor the consequences of a vast chemical cloud in the stratosphere. The volcano disgorged 20 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide high above the planet, where it formed droplets of sulphuric acid that floated around the globe for more than a year. These droplets acted like tiny mirrors to reflect sunlight.
You can read the whole Harvard paper here
Additional material, the Daily Mail