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Lasers Could Combat Global Warming

written by Ali L May 31, 2016

Picture of clouds

In a collaboration between the¬†University of Geneva and The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, researchers have been simulating cloud manipulation with lasers and what they’ve found could show promise in fighting climate change in the future.

Scientists found when they pointed laser beams at simulated (frozen) Cirrus cloud particles they would explode and create entirely new ice particles leading to an over all growth in the cloud system.

According to the Abstract of the experiment;

By monitoring the evolution of the corresponding ice/vapor system… we conclude that a shockwave vaporization supersaturates the neighboring region relative to ice, allowing the nucleation and growth of new ice particles, supported by laser-induced plasma photochemistry.

laser ice formation

Though this experiment was the first of its kind and only conducted in a simulated cloud formation, the research shows that there could be potential in using lasers to combat the effects of climate change in the future.

There is still a lot of in-lab experimenting to be done though before scientists start shooting lasers at the sky to make it summer or winter all year. In fact, despite the research we still have no idea what affecting cloud formations could do to the earth in the long run so there’s still plenty to be considered, particularly the HOW of why we even need such a technology in the first place.

Until then we can only hope as the industry of laser technology continues to grow so will our understanding of their potential in the real world.

What do you think? Are you interested in this new technology or are you worried the scientist’s are going to let us down and subject us to an accidental ice age? Let us know!

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