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    Posted: Sep 11 2017 at 9:23am

Scientists want to change Earth's atmosphere to prevent future hurricanes

As Texas struggles to recover from Harvey and South Florida prepares to endure Irma, a multinational team of scientists has announced a proposal to reduce future hurricanes by injecting massive amounts of sulfate into the atmosphere.

The plan would cost us $10 billion each year, and would theoretically cool the planet and reduce the number of future hurricanes by up to 50%.

"We're basically mimicking a volcano and saying we're going to put 5 billion tons of sulfates a year into the atmosphere 20 kilometers high, and we'll do that for 50 years," explains John Moore, head of China's geoengineering research program.

Researchers point to the 1912 eruption of Mount Katmai, which was followed by the least active hurricane season on record.

According to the team's current research model, the plan could keep the occurance of catastrophic hurricanes from increasing and decrease hurricane-related storm surges by 50%.

The plan is "probably the most doable in terms of the geoengineering scenarios we have. The amount [of sulfate] is compatible with our existing airline traffic," says Moore.

The only problem with sulfates is that they eat away at the ozone layer. Researchers are looking at custom-made aerosol particles as a viable alternative.

sources: CNN, Futurism, Popular Mechanics

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