[FoRK] "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
Ian Andrew Bell FoRK
Thu Jul 7 15:12:28 PDT 2005
On 7-Jul-05, at 1:58 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
[on reversing desertification with the push of a button]
> Desertification is irreversible? Really? We can plan terraforming
> of Mars but we can't add water to a desert? I don't believe it.
[on gift-wrapping earth's atmosphere to reverse the effects of global
> You do know that this idea has been proposed many times? (Red
> Earth, Green Earth, Blue Earth on Mars terraforming for instance.)
> Mylar (or similar) can be stretched super thin, the gigantic
> surface area allows power production to run ion engines to keep it
> in place, etc. Lots of ideas that could work.
Are you really this naive? Holy shit I am just realizing that you are.
Space mirrors to reduce global warming and terraforming Mars and the
sands of Earthly deserts? We can "plan to terraform" til we're blue
in the face, but has anyone "terraformed" even one square foot of
Has anyone informed you that Arthur C. Clarke is a Science FICTION
Terraforming is nothing more than the imaginings of creative
dreamers. Mylar skins for our atmosphere are an even more humourous
imagining. And with no economic incentive to put any of these
systems in place, how do you imagine that these thousand-trillion-
dollar megaprojects would even be attempted? Philanthropy on the
part of messurs Brin and Gates?
You do realize it's 2005, right?
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