Scientists Believe They Can Refreeze The Arctic For The A Modest $500 Billion
At first glance, it sounds kinda crazy to refreeze the arctic. But given the situation we’re created, we can’t really pass on anything that could get us out of the pickle we’re in. IT’s true that an ever-increasing number of people are becoming increasingly conscious of the situation. Unfortunately, however, this, as well as the new technologies to cut CO2 emissions and pledges made at the 2015 Paris Agreement will most likely not be enough to remedy the situation.
One of the biggest situations developing so far is the fact that the Arctic ice is melting. And not only will this mean that sea levels will rise, but also that the whole weather will be flung into chaos. Moreover, the ice reflects much of the sun’s rays into space, but once it’s gone, this would mean a greater heat absorption and thus a greater global warming.
With this in mind, a group of scientists are thinking about a way to refreeze the arctic by making use of about 10 million wind-powered pumps that would suck up water from beneath the ice and then spray it above, thus turning it into ice itself. According to the paper, the $500 billion will be used to manufacture the windmills that will need 100 million tonnes of steel to be produced over the next 10 years. The hope is that these windmills will cover 10 percent of the region and they will be able to restore the Arctic ice to the levels it was roughly 15 years ago.
“Our only strategy at present seems to be to tell people to stop 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,” said Steven Desch in an interview with The Guardian.
Now, even though the idea of refreezing the arctic deserves a lot of attention, not everyone is convinced by it.
“Global warming in response to rising CO2 concentrations would continue despite efforts to grow ice in the Arctic,” Julienne Stroeve, a senior scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, told CNN. “Thus, the excess heat at lower latitudes would still be transported towards the Arctic via atmospheric and oceanic circulation and this would counter efforts to grow ice in the Arctic.”
Whether this plan will work or not, we can’t really know for sure unless we try it out. But whatever the case may be, we have to do something soon and we have to do it fast because, by 2030, there will no longer be any Arctic ice to refreeze.