Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I'm sorry

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:29 PM Permalink

but did anyone actually watch the second Highlander movie? In Highlander 2: The Quickening, MacLeod used his vast knowledge to create a shield around the planet due to a climate issue and the planet completely sucks because of his 'shield' idea. The franchise, ever since, has preferred to treat the second installment as if it never happened because it was so bad.
Climate researcher Ken Caldeira was skeptical when he first heard about the idea of shading the Earth a decade ago in a talk by nuclear weapons scientist Lowell Wood.

"He basically said, 'We don't have to bother with emissions reduction. We can just throw aerosols — little dust particles — into the stratosphere, and that'll cool the earth.' And I thought, 'Oh, that'll never work,'
As an aside, Ken was part of my graduate program at NYU when I was getting my masters in atmospheric science and fluid dynamics (Yes, I'm either a weather girl or a rocket scientist, depending on the joke I'm telling). I remember absolutely nothing about him, which is about how much I remember of my coursework. I'm not sure if he was a professor, assistant professor, a TA or a student. He was that unremarkable to me. However, I'm sure he wouldn't appreciate me saying that. I mean, who would?



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