Stuff We Don’t Need: Cloud Machines

I guess this is what happens when the second wealthiest man in the world was born, raised, and still lives in Seattle.

From Inhabitat:

The Microsoft founder recently announced plans to invest $300,000 into research for machines that suck up seawater and spray it into the air, seeding white clouds that reflect rays of sunlight away from Earth.

The machines, developed by a San Francisco-based research group called Silver Lining, turn seawater into tiny particles that can be shot up over 3,000 feet in the air. The particles increase the density of clouds by increasing the amount of nuclei contained within. Silver Lining’s floating machines can suck up ten tons of water per second.

Of course it seems ok to a multi-billionaire Seattleite to add more clouds to the sky!

Listen, I know that the situation is dire and that a lot more needs to be done to combat global warming, but this idea seems crazy to me, and I’m sure that tourism bureaus all across the planet would be none too happy with it either.

But the most troubling thing to me is the bit about sucking up ten tons of seawater per second from the oceans. Am I crazy or is that bound to have a disastrous impact on fish and sea mammals? Isn’t this idea supposed to protect our planet from harm?

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