Actually I found the two programmes called Cloud Lab very worrying
recently. They seem to be saying that by cleaning up the air, we ar in fact
increasing the volatility of extreme weater by allowing more energy
through. Now one cannot have ones cake and eat it, so if these pollutants
are supposed to be greenhouse gasses, warming up the planet, and pollution s
screens the areas from heat, what is the net outcome. My guess is that
nobody really knows.
I do feel however that the climate is changing, for whatever reason,much as
it has in the millions of years since it was habitable. So I am minded of
the old King cannot problem. Yes to stay where we are and carry on as
normal will eventually be impossible, but can we really make any kind of
difference to the climate whatever we do. We may be pretty powerful as a
race, but the scale of the problem is much bigger than I think, we can
control one way or the other.
Cloud lab also worried me as it was blatantly obvious that some of the
science was slipshod and made for tv, with the will he survive the jump
from26000 feet etc, when the job could have been done with an off the shelf
instrument package and a balloon.
Likewise, flying around in a slow airship and trying to get through the
notorious Californian gap in the mountains in it, was all a bit silly.
The slipshod way of testing to see if microbes were at altitude as
mentioned was covering such a large altitude with one sample it will
probably be meaningless and indeed, just blowing clean air over the dishes
while they prepared them is bound to contaminate them. This should have been
done by machine from the sealed sample containers from a drogue stabilised
equipment package as mentioned above.
I'm sure it was good visually, but its not really serious science in my
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