Heard in the news recently… Bill Gates is involved in a project to control hurricane intensities by altering sea surface temperatures. The linchpin of the idea is to mechanically force an upwelling of cold, deep ocean water in the paths of hurricanes, thereby cooling the surface water temperatures. Since hurricanes thrive on warm ocean water, this would theoretically cut their growth.
This falls into the category of geoengineering, a growing industry that seeks ways to control or modify elements of nature, in this case the weather and oceans, for possible benefits. At a glance it sounds promising.
Problem is, if you intentionally alter weather in one area, what adverse affects might that induce over other regions in the future. This raises serious questions that scientists have struggled with in the past, and will continue to debate in the future.
Regarding hurricanes, they are one of Mother Nature’s most important mechanisms for hemispheric moisture/heat transport, and play a vital role in our global weather. Trying to change the dynamics of these gigantic storms could have unintended longer-term consequences.
Posted by Jim Duncan