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Old Russian Book Holds Answer to Global Warming

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:08 PM by Tomas Svoboda   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 12:58 PM ]
Now that the world is all excited about climate change (proven) and influence on it (not proven) and attempts to reverse the trend (doubtful but harmless) I rediscovered a tiny book from 1977 ("Пленочные отражатели в космосе" Лукьянов = "Foil Mirrors in Space", Lukyanov) which contains a realistic technological concept how to do it. (Disregarding for the moment that any human impact on ecology may bring unpredictable and counterproductive consequences).  
"Пленочные отражатели в космосе" 1977 Лукьянов  обложка

The author discusses a concept of foil mirrors in orbit around the Earth which could:
  • shadow a tiny part of solar light from the Earth (even one part per thousand would be far more than all other human impacts combined)
  • provide nighttime illumination for urban areas using reflected sunlight instead of electricity and thus help reduce carbon emissions.
The project would be a giant one but realistic on a global level.