5 maggio 2008

Non fermare gli uragani, guidali!

Avevo già ampiamente trattato [*Owning the weather] dell'intenzione dell'esercito statunitense di disporre di una sistematica capacità di effettuare modificazioni climatiche, a cui sono seguiti tutta una serie di progetti militari. Questa politica strategia è portata avanti da diverso tempo dal Ministero della Difesa, che gode di copiosi finanziamenti da parte del taxpayer. Ecco l'ultima conferma dell'intenzione di puntare su questo genere di progetti, uno studio che costerà 2.6 milioni di dollari con lo scopo di cambiare a piacimento la direzione degli uragani:
[*XiaodongPeople] Would-be hurricane fighters hoping to stop a future Katrina before it makes landfall should aim to wound, not kill. The goal should be to re-route hurricanes and ease their fury, rather than try to stop them forming in the first place. This is the latest advice from weather modification experts. The field has a colourful history. In the 1960s and early 1970s, scientists on "Project Stormfury" tried in vain to disrupt the inner structure of hurricanes by seeding them with silver iodide crystals. Various other far-fetched ideas to neutralise storms have been mooted since then, such as cooling the ocean surface. More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asked a Stormfury veteran called Joe Golden - now at the University of Colorado at Boulder - to gather experts to evaluate prospects for taming hurricanes. Last week, the panel reported their findings at an American Meteorological Society meeting on weather modification in Westminster, Colorado. The group says aiming to stop storms altogether needs careful consideration: "Hurricanes serve a useful purpose in the Earth's energy budget and... rainfall from tropical cyclones is a vital component of the regional water supply." Diverting storms and weakening them should be the aim. They have requested $2.6 million from the DHS over three years to study how this might be achieved. Golden told New Scientist that the DHS is receptive to the idea. "I'm very upbeat, amazed and encouraged," he says.

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