Cloud ships to save the world

The first question that comes to mind is probably, “What is a cloud ship?”

Earlier this month The Times published an article about a sci-fi idea turned reality that could potentially combat global warming –  cloud ships. The cloud ships are a “wind-powered fleet of 1,900 ships [that] would criss-cross the oceans, sucking up sea water and spraying it from the top of tall funnels to create vast white clouds.”  These clouds would reflect a small percent of the sunlight that would otherwise warm the ocean, which in turn, would cancel out the greenhouse effect cause by emissions.

It’s more than a passing thought – the Copenhagen Consensus Centre has calculated that the fleet would cost $9 billion, far less than the $250 billion of planned spending to reduce emissions worldwide.  Further, there are already British and American teams of scientists in place seeking funding to build cloud ship prototypes.

What do you think?  Is this merely the result of a head in the clouds?  Or a legitimate solution?

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