remember, tuesday is soylent green day (thursday edition)
As long as these new crops aren't shiny Soylent Green! Because it would still be made of people!
To be filed under why-the-hell-not:
Worried about climate change? Well worry no longer because a University of California-Irvine team has come up with a solution: shiny crops.
The idea is just one of many recent ideas proposed by geoengineering, the science of modifying Earth’s environment on a large scale. In the last couple years, geoengineers have proposed several unique solutions to the global warming problem including stationing mirrors in space, dumping large amounts of iron into the ocean and creating artificial volcanoes. They propose to use these methods to solve global warming if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled and the predicted consequences of global warming begin to materialize.
The shiny plants idea is part of the larger group of climate change solutions that involve making the Earth’s surface more reflective. Other suggestions in this vein include planting more leafy trees instead of conifers and painting roads, roofs, and other skyward facing surfaces white. The concept is based on the fact that more reflective surfaces, such as the white polar ice caps, reflect more sunlight, and therefore heat, than darker and less reflective surfaces.
Solution? Probably not. Negative feedback loop? Probably (hopefully) so.