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Scientists Hatch Crazy $500 Billion Plan To Refreeze the Arctic

By Charles Omedo , Feb 16, 2017 05:46 AM EST
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A team of 14 scientists has published a study in the journal Earth's Future - a American Geophysical Union's publication, detailing their plan to replenish the ice of the Arctic as a way of combating the effects of climate change in the region. The scientists are aiming to invest $500 billion into the scheme over a period of time. The research and project team is led by Steven Desch, a physicist at the Arizona State University. The team visualizes designing and deploying 10 million water pumps powered by wind to flood the surface of the Arctic ice with fresh water during water, so that the water could freeze and become a thick layer of ice that would thicken the existing ice floor considerable. It is estimated that with the refreezing of the Arctic ice in this way, the ice will remain stable during summer with no fears of melting as an influence of climate change.

Is this a practicable idea? Thickening the ice of the Arctic in this way?

The idea seems perfect in theory at the moment, but putting it into practice and achieving visualized results is another ballgame altogether, inhabitat reports. With 10 million wind-powered water pumps to replenish the surface of the Arctic with water which will solidify into massive ice, the idea seems perfect and interesting. But the concept of refreezing the Arctic still remains fantastic to many scientists even with a $500 billion project investment.

According to the authors of the study, summer ice may have vanished from the Arctic by 2030 as a result of growing climate change, the Huffington Post writes. Where this fear eventually plays out, this means the ocean will be open to absorbing direct sunlight which was once reflected from it, making the project of refreezing the Arctic urgent and sensible. The authors of the study even stated that they do not believe in the integrity of the 2015 Paris agreement to eliminate or reduce the effects of global warming on our environment. Detch pleaded with governments and people everywhere to help out our Earth by halting the activity of burning fossil fuels. "It's a good idea but it is going to need a lot more than that to stop the Arctic's sea ice from disappearing," he observed.

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