Pushing against the sun

I was reading an interesting article in Newsweek titled ‘How to Fix A Climate Emergency’. In it, it talks of how we are finding ways to fix our climate so as to arrest the damage to our environment by a process known as “geo-engineering”. Some methods include applying sulphur dioxide to the atmosphere (which could be accomplished by launching the gas from rockets) and placing a series of mirrors in orbit around the Earth to reflect sunlight back into outer space. It struck a chord because I am currently editing a manuscript on sustainable businesses and it paints a idyllic picture of a future where many of the trends of environmental degradation can be, and are, reversed. More poignantly, reading the article reminds of one of my favourite computer games during my secondary school days, called ‘Master of Orion’. It is a explore-conquer-expand-type of game set in outer space where you can choose an alien race and set out to colonise other planets. But some of these planets are not naturally habitable so you need to do research on technology to “terra-form” these planets. Sounds familiar? Will we be in time or are we merely pushing against the sun?

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“Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” ~Joshua 10:12-13

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~ by irwin on April 27, 2009.

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