A company managed to control the weather for the first time

US start-up Make Sunsets claims to have released fine particles into the stratosphere in an attempt to influence the weather.

Start-up Make Sunsets may have crossed the red line by playing with the weather. The company operated a launch of fine particles into the stratosphere, from Mexico, based on climate geoengineering, but its action divides. As a reminder, geoengineering seeks to manipulate the weather. In theory, it is possible to mitigate global warming by releasing sulfur particles, among other things. These particles mimic a natural process that occurs after large volcanic eruptions and reflect some of the sunlight.

In fact, the discipline is widely questioned. Simply because scientists ignore the possible side effects of these large-scale manipulations. As a result, the study carried out left researchers deeply concerned. Asked by technology review of MIT, Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative, indicates that “the current state of science is not good enough… Reject, accept or implement climate geoengineering”🇧🇷

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On the side of Make Sunsets, CEO Luke Iseman recognizes and accepts the provocation. However, the co-founder of the start-up also speaks of a “Geoengineering activism act”🇧🇷 Thus, the entrepreneur wants to advance in discipline, whatever the cost. stop pretending “a James Bond villain”🇧🇷 Why ? Because Luke Iseman believes that measures to contain climate change are advancing very slowly and that more radical interventions are now necessary.

However. Scientists criticize its action and claim that it could have the opposite effect. Both from a climate and progress point of view. Indeed, this isolated act can lead governments to reduce research funding or even to restrict studies. Hard to contradict them in view of Luke Iseman’s confessions. For each of the releases carried out, the entrepreneur bluntly admits that he did not ask for any government authorization. Neither in Mexico nor elsewhere.

Given the situation, the researchers point out that the establishment of clear legislation in this area is an absolute emergency. Especially because Make Sunsets doesn’t intend to stop there. The American company intends to capitalize on this experience to multiply the launches in 2023. In fact, the start-up is already offering “cooling credits” of US$ 10 each for launching one gram of particles into the stratosphere.

“A terrible idea”

In addition to the company’s dubious motives, its claims are also risky. According to David Keith, an engineer specializing in geoengineering, the amount of sulfur particles released into the stratosphere by Make Sunsets is insufficient to cause an environmental impact. The company’s flights send out 10 grams of sulfur at a time, while a commercial flight releases 100 per minute.

However, the researcher recognizes that “doing this as a start-up is a very bad idea”. Especially when it comes to privatizing and patenting geoengineering techniques. “Commercial development cannot produce the level of transparency and trust the world needs to make reasonable deployment decisions”, says David Keith. It is difficult to prove him wrong, as a private company, by its very nature, serves financial purposes.

In addition, the lack of seriousness of the start-up compromises more elaborate experiences. For example, Make Sunsets is unable to explain how its experiences unfolded. The company doesn’t know where its balloons landed and can’t even confirm whether they exploded. The icing on the cake: the company never collected data related to its launches.

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