The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) announced that the flight to test the possibility of dimming the sun’s rays’ incidence on the Earth, planned for June, would not go ahead.
“The scientific community is divided regarding geoengineering, including any related technology tests such as the planned technical balloon test flight from Esrange this summer,” the SSC said in a statement, Asia Pacific Daily reported April 2.
Bill Gates has funded the controversial project proposed this time by Harvard University as the Controlled Stratospheric Perturbation Experiment, or SCoPEx, which attempts to disperse a calcium carbonate (chalk) cloud into the atmosphere from a high-altitude balloon to study its effects on sunlight reaching Earth.
The first attempt scheduled for June would send the first balloon with 600 kg of scientific equipment onboard over the Swedish city of Kiruna located in the Arctic. It would release 2 kg of chalk dust into the stratosphere at 20 km altitude at the cost of about 20 million dollars.
It is also intended to attenuate the sun’s rays in an attempt to cool the planet. Cancellation of the test would be a major setback for Gates and his foundation.
While it was not revealed how much money he donated for this experiment, he had previously given at least $4.6 million to a principal investigator working for SCoPEx, David Keith of Harvard.
This foray into planetary equilibrium caused great controversy, mainly because of the uncertainty of the results.
One of its opponents is Greenpeace Sweden’s head, Isadora Wronski, “It is extremely risky in many ways. When these projects are carried out on a scale large enough to affect global temperatures, they can create inherently unpredictable shocks to the climate system,” she told EuroNews.
Project implementation could now turn to the United States, given President Joe Biden’s penchant for engaging with controversial climate change theories.
Gates funds many controversial projects through the foundation in which his wife also participates. One of the most recent ones contemplates that first-world countries stop eating meat and replace it with a 100% synthetic product.
Apparently, the 242,000 acres of arable land he owns in the U.S., making him one of the country’s largest landowners, are part of this plan.