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Can Lasers Change the Weather?

cloudsLet’s see, we know that cow flatulence is a potent (ahem) greenhouse gas and that some unlucky scientists in the UK have been tasked with measuring the unfortunate gas. Billions of tiny termites can also pump out an amazing amount of methane, making the little insects potential weather changers as well.

Homo sapiens have been pumping out greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s. Scientists are constantly looking for ways to ameliorate our climate-changing ways by blocking the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth, and they may have found a new way to do it. reports that European researchers have created artificial cirrus clouds using high-energy lasers. It’s not a practical solution for limiting the amount of solar radiation we receive – yet, but it might be in a few years. Cool beans.

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