Destroying a type of cloud may help stabilise climate change

2019-03-08 04:17:00

Dan Sherwood/Getty By Michael Marshall If we ever get desperate enough to try artificially cooling the planet to slow global warming, we might want to think about modifying cirrus clouds. Thinning out these feathery, high-altitude clouds could cool the climate while having a relatively small effect on rainfall. As the effects of climate change become more apparent, scientists are increasingly researching geoengineering: methods to artificially cool the climate. Many of these techniques involve reflecting some of the Sun’s radiation back into space, offsetting the warming effect of greenhouse gases. For example,