Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 08:23:19 MDT

Mark Walker wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Spike Jones <>
> > I looked it over and found it unconvincing. A sudden catastrophic
> > cooling would be something we could deal with by scattering stuff
> > on highly reflective surfaces to decrease the earth's albedo. An
> > example might be something like those plastic balls they have in
> > the kid's playground at McDonalds, baseball sized dark plasic balls.
> > Im guessing they could be mass produced in large enough numbers
> > to scatter on a snowy surface for instance to trap heat. spike
> >
> That is an ingenious idea. How much snow are you planning to have? Here in
> Canada the McDonalds' versions of the balls would get covered very quickly
> by more snow--assuming they weren't all blown away (or collected by kids and
> returned to MacDonald's :)). Perhaps we might need something a little larger
> and a different shape. (Perhaps, pyramid or cone shape to keep the snow
> off). Many people in colder climes stand up black ABS pipes in their ponds
> to help keep their ponds from freezing over--a variant on your idea. Mark.

A better idea: start burning dirty fuels like low grade bituminous,
wood, and oil shales. The ash will increase precipitation at the poles,
darkening the snow.

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