We all know the arctic isn’t going through good days, and that the ice is disappearing at an alarming rate, but scientists have now a wild plan to refreeze the arctic. Temperatures at the North Pole hit 20ºC more than last year’s average, so is undeniable we have a serious problem. The scientists plan is as simple as crazy: To install 10 million wind-powered pumps to spray sea water over the surface to increase the ice layer.
“Our only strategy at present seems to be to tell people to stop burning fossil fuels”, said the lead researcher and Arizona State University physicist, Steven Desch, to The Guardian.
The ambitious plan of using the 10 million wind-powered pumps, would in theory add an extra meter to the region’s layer, which would be a huge help to protect the area against the globe’s increasing temperatures.
“It is noteworthy that half of the Arctic sea ice currently has a mean annual thickness of only 1.5 metre [4.9 feet]”, reported his team. “Adding 1 metre of ice in the course of one winter is a significant change”.
The team estimates the pumping 1.3 meters of water on top of the existing ice, will create 1 meter of new ice, which would be like going back in time 17 years! The bad news is that 10 million pumps only cover about 10% of the territory, to cover the whole Arctic region, it would take about 100 million pumps! Plus, to build the 10 million pumps, roughly 10 million tons of steel would be needed per year, and that’s 100 million if you want to cover the whole Arctic Region!
The world annual production of steel is around 1600 million ton, and the US only produces 80 million, and a total cost of about 500 billion dollars, meaning multiple governments around the world would have to commit funds to finance this huge Mission.
The problem with not acting is that not only would we lose countless species like polar bears and arctic cod, but we also would be losing Earth’s strongest defense of Solar Radiation. And due to the ice loss and high temperatures there, near the equator, phenomes like heat waves, droughts, and heavy snowfalls are getting more and more common, even where they weren’t common at all.
So, although the plan is too ambitious and will probably never get out of the paper, we really should focus on some radical plan to save the Arctic, because this are only the tip of the consequences.