Ways to reverse climate change and preserve ski culture

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 21, 2009 6:00 pm

We’ve been talking a lot lately about climate change and it’s potential effects on our beloved snow culture. Well, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have an idea of how we might be able to cool the planet down. They wrote a book “Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance”, and in it they describe a process called geoengineering that sounds somewhat promising. If it’s actually feasible. The idea is that geoengineering intentionally alters the earth’s climate system and balances out the warming trends. Eric Etheridge explains: “Arguably the two most promising geoengineering approaches are:

— Finding some mechanism to shoot sulfur into the atmosphere — this is the approach that Levitt and Dubner concentrate on in SuperFreakonomics. Sulfur has a cooling effect, as can be observed, for instance, when there is a large volcanic eruption — volcanoes emit lots of sulfur and when Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991 it cooled the planet’s temperatures by approximately 0.9° F for several months.

— Creating artificial cloudcover. Or to be more precise, modifying clouds to be more reflective, which would modify the earth’s albedo and cause more sunlight to be bounced back into space”.

Even if this is a crazy, cracked-out idea…at least people are coming up with ideas! Save the snow!!