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Scientists' Crazy Plan To Refreeze The Arctic

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As the mean global temperature continues to rise, the arctic ice caps continue to melt. What are scientist planning to do about it? Here's a hint: it involves 10 million sea water pumps. What Happens If All The World's Ice Melts? - https://youtu.be/S0I4re0XUXU Sign Up For The Seeker Newsletter Here - http://bit.ly/1UO1PxI Get 15% off http://www.domain.com domain names and web hosting when you use coupon code DNEWS at checkout! Read More: Scientists Have Announced a Plan to 'Refreeze' the Arctic - and It's Wild http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-announced-a-plan-to-refreeze-the-arctic-and-it-s-wild "Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unheard-of 20°C (36°F) warmer than average last year, things in the Arctic are undeniably grim right now. But rather than sit by and watch as the sea ice disappears from the region at an unprecedented rate, scientists have hatched a crazy plan to 'refreeze' the Arctic, by installing some 10 million wind-powered pumps over the ice cap to spray sea water over the surface and replenish the sea ice." Arctic ice management http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EF000410/full "As the Earth's climate has changed, Arctic sea ice extent has decreased drastically. It is likely that the late-summer Arctic will be ice-free as soon as the 2030s. This loss of sea ice represents one of the most severe positive feedbacks in the climate system, as sunlight that would otherwise be reflected by sea ice is absorbed by open ocean. It is unlikely that CO2 levels and mean temperatures can be decreased in time to prevent this loss, so restoring sea ice artificially is an imperative." How a giant space umbrella could stop global warming http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160425-how-a-giant-space-umbrella-could-stop-global-warming "The race to find a solution to a rapidly warming world is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet. One proposal to try to halt this warming is literally out-of-this-world: a giant, space-based sunshade. We're already modifying our climate by accident, so why not do it by deliberate geoengineering? It's a radical idea, and it just might just work. Reducing the amount of light reaching our planet could cool the Earth quickly, even with rising carbon dioxide levels." ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos daily. Watch More DNews on Seeker http://www.seeker.com/show/dnews/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/tracedominguez DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+dnews Seeker http://www.seeker.com/ Special thanks to Jules Suzdaltsev for hosting and writing this episode of DNews! Check Jules out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jules_su
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Mr xfinity (11 days ago)
I miss Dnews😢💔
Mario Arvola (1 month ago)
Maybe instead of trying to postpone the consequences of releasing a large amount of Co2 into the atmosphere every day, we should get to the root of our problem and stop producing so much Co2. Aswell start using more renewable energy, such a solar & wind power.
christianblackmtlrlz (1 month ago)
How about stopping GSRM.
Tim Taler (1 month ago)
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De Sanc (1 month ago)
Lets blame the fucking china
De Sanc (1 month ago)
I have much better altsrnatives
Paul Destri (1 month ago)
co2 is only a tiny bit of the atmosphere, it cannot change the climate.
James Matheson (1 month ago)
i believe what they said is the temperature of the water makes the temperature of the air  otherwise the ice would just melt , how will they get -40 air is the real question
Maria S (2 months ago)
This is so ridiculous...
Jubynher Bonavente (2 months ago)
Is the freeze ray in despicable me a no go? I think it can happen
Jackson McGinnis (2 months ago)
We should make a giant mirror that focuses light into a beam we can shoot at mars to release co2 and warm it up
Jackson McGinnis (2 months ago)
That way we both slow global warming and cause it on Mars, which would improve the colonization effort
armada nasar (2 months ago)
why don't all countries donate for this?
Unknown Channel (2 months ago)
Can artic refreeze itself
aditya bodke (3 months ago)
Earth is DOOMED not in a devastating way but as a replenishment . The sweeper will come to sweep the garbage.
Abang Dotu (3 months ago)
Lets do a charity for this
TheCaptainLulz (3 months ago)
And how much CO2 would be generated by making that steel. They clearly didnt think very hard about this. And all for what, it WILL melt eventually anyways. Stupid and expensive. We can do better.
Gene Howard (4 months ago)
How about hot water solar panels? Millions of panels located in the hot desert regions of the planet could cool the planet by pumping hot water down into the rock below, where it would get absorbed and stored away the the melting ice. Hot water goes down, cold water comes up. Like a giant air conditioner.
Adam O'Shea (4 months ago)
The way for this to work is all the devolved countries Come together and pay for this project over a 20 year period in money to build the pumps and in material costed to make the pumps. This is not a far fetched idea it's properly our best shot at saving the earth from climate change. WE GOT IN THIS MESS LETS GET OUT OF IT TOGETHER!
king john (4 months ago)
Guy McPherson - Human Extinction within 8 years https://youtu.be/zqIt93dDG1M
garymun420 (5 months ago)
Don't refreeze the Arctic just collect the water and let's drink the Arctic and then pee it out into our toilets 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
John Sergei (5 months ago)
I can see in the comments, the people are well trained ( & therefore ready to pay climate taxes & more for energy ( even before the taxes, we've got billionares profit margins to consider)) Yep, the people have been taught to blame themselves, for a non existent problem. Pollution is a problem but Co 2 is not carbon pollution or any kind of pollution. It's a trace gas that's only a tiny proportion of the earth atmosphere, but with out it ( or even if it declined significantly) there would be no plant life on the Earth & therefore no life at all. The 1930s were the warmest decade for many centuries & though the 1980s &90s there was slight global warming. It didn't get close to 1930s levels & 1930s was way cooler than the Medieval Warm Period. Then a few centuries ago was the Maunder Minimum. If that occoured today, billions of people would die off. Polar ice is more extensive than it's been for decades and the last 5 or 6 Northern Hemisphere winters have been the coldest and snowiest for years, 2016/17 being the worst for decades, only beaten by 2017/18 which was even more severe.
Rohit Purkayastha (5 months ago)
Just we if we reduce our materealistic uses and plant more trees no such big investments are required.
Hercule Holmes (5 months ago)
Bullshxt. In fact this whole channel is probably bullshxt. There is NO evidence that the Artic is shrinking, and even if it was, the cause would more likely be natural than man-made; we are at the tail-end of an Ice Age.
Pascal (5 months ago)
just stop the source : CO2, then filter the air to catch what is already in the air. The only right way for the long term
Willem Tanke (6 months ago)
Gobal climate change is destroying everything. America: ueggh do we need to pay....
GANGA SINGH Rathore (6 months ago)
Environment and Economics have to be mixed and alternative solutions for energy have to be used such as solar wind power Climate Change is real and we should stop the blaming game we all are at equal faults and to solve this mess we have to work together
PJ (6 months ago)
too many humans on earth.. causing the planet to heat up.. we need to limit the amount of children people can have
Ethanhoi Yi Xun (6 months ago)
Make a big flat sheet of reflective material and launch it to the space to reflect the light from the earth The material needs to be heat degradable in less than 3 minutes It may work since sun is constantly providing heat, if we block the sunlight for less than 3 minutes,we may have enough time to release the heat earth gained out into the space
elena mateo (7 months ago)
Plant more trees
Pascal Szabo (7 months ago)
Hoax meets hoax. Perhaps the ice will be melted per Microwaves. Chemotherapy for paradise. Crises introduction and crises solution. What's Aluminium resistant plants for? World wars wouldn't fool well
Friday Harlowe (7 months ago)
Could it be done with modifications of the Earth's albedo ?
framb0isier (8 months ago)
If every country gives 1% of it's budget to fund this, it would be doable
Ryan Uopasarn (8 months ago)
There no way that the President would care about the the future
Devon Parker (8 months ago)
We’re doomed!
John Larrin (8 months ago)
Why cant people just let it naturally take place instead put time and money into stoping pollution
it’s fucking freezing here in Russia.
DeRien8 (9 months ago)
wouldn't all that freezing water just release its heat to the immediate air and make the freezing less effective as the pumps continue to spray? granted the effect would be minimal initially and would probably only be noticeable at much larger scale, but I'm interested to see what the math they've done says about the energy that gets reflected by the ice compared to the energy liberated from the freezing seawater to the air.
Ristube (9 months ago)
Make the oil companies build 1 for 1 to pump water for every 1 oil rig easily done for them. It would be nice to see the volume of oil that gushed from the deep water horizon be doing some good as reclaiming arctic ice instead of lining the pockets of a scumbag in a suit that cries about his billions, they wouldn’t even feel the pinch. It’s well passed time to make these greedy people to pay. What a tax cut? Ok, do this for free. Seems absurd that nobody has fought for equal pain or repercussions. Question, if you get a speeding ticket, and it’s $300, how much of your income does that represent and how much of a penalty it is to you? So my point is, it’s nothing to a millionaire, and they don’t learn anything because it’s pocket change. If it’s an equal percentage based on income. 5% is 5% no matter how much it ends up being to the individual. I think I solved a few budget short comings.
Crazy Running Cruasder (9 months ago)
Roadhand Viking (9 months ago)
The only constant is change. Weather we help or deter is only a matter of speed. Everything works in cycles as we understand nature. I just see no reason to fun for the hills just yet. That's just my opinion of course
harugloryX (9 months ago)
Build pumps and make the Sun pay for it
Robie Asher Uy (9 months ago)
You should name those scientists.
Jakub Rejzek Junior (9 months ago)
Do you know why is global warming such a problem? We burn too narrow range of fuels. We need more kinds of smokes we need to burn more things.
Justin Yurgel (9 months ago)
Scientist are just like doctors, full of shit operating on things they should not be. in 50 years the human race will be in full control of the weather on this tiny planet.
Sahid S. (9 months ago)
None cares...
Jānis Bērziņš (9 months ago)
US industry destroys ice caps in the same time does nothing to reduce its emissions.
Bri Goose (9 months ago)
Climate change, global warming, blablabla... Volcanos does more damage than humanity can. The polar caps won't be gone in 15years...bollocks. We are still going through an ice age. That's why we have so much ice. This happens naturally. You can't stop it....well got can. This is why species live and die. This is why the strong survive and this is why life mutates and evolves to survive in the newer climates and why the weak die out. If you look back when the giants were on the earth, they couldn't evolve and died out, dinosaurs few survived, some animals survived, humans keep surviving, we've been around millions of years... We can survive the iceage. It's life sadly. Why do you think they keep finding civilisations in the jungles, or buried in the deserts or high up in the mountains and some seem to have been advanced.
Orppranator (9 months ago)
Eh, democrat presidents will double the debt again to do this
Jordy Leffers (9 months ago)
Or we don't use wind turbines and instead use something different. Say, uranium or something?
Creative Rocket Studios (9 months ago)
We have the money to send people to other planets, using a lot of money and resources...but not the compromise to save our planet????
Jayson Brown (9 months ago)
How about just send ships with tons of salts water to Artic region.
Naif Mohammad Sharif (9 months ago)
Only if all countries stop wars and start thinking about our dear known planet with life..
Matt Lloyd (9 months ago)
Dangit don (9 months ago)
They're going to cause their own ice age.
cristian rosales (9 months ago)
We’re doomed
Matthew Niedbala (9 months ago)
These are bad ideas
A.S. #7577 (9 months ago)
Accept you death mortals, your government is too selfish to pay money for all of these ,but instead they will make their armies more powerful.
spacezhazzz (9 months ago)
Gaming Wizard (9 months ago)
Didn't this channel make a video on how the arctic was expanding its icy domain? So, why go through that trouble?
Angus Elliott (9 months ago)
I think that this machine should be a last resort but if it can really stop climate change it should become a long term project to be used when needed.
Neeraj Kumar (9 months ago)
Menuja Gunasekarax (10 months ago)
How about adding liquid nitrogen??
Lovn Bycn (10 months ago)
I dont like acid so do u
Lovn Bycn (10 months ago)
Idiot H2SO3/4 acid
Luna * (10 months ago)
russia, canada and denmark are mad
Venom ! (10 months ago)
Key words from the us .now this would not be a big problem if all country's chipped in equally but that's the us umm stand to play Earth's mother while neglecting starving and driving us citizens into another depression. Over concern cost of changing the world, over seas medical expenses free them charged to the us economy. Over population leading to lack of food. I can't go on and on how the us is doing the oposite of there goal. My us government is and economy is funding and trying to fix the world at large doing more harm than good.each year native us citizens are what I call defecting from the us at an exelerated rate. While the amount of foren people's are invading at an alarming rate. But over population is a world wide problem.it is a government's responsibility to control and maintain a populis.the answer to the problem..... There is no answer more does the us care. I'm planning my self to move away from the country I was born in and grew up in.
Ernest Jones (10 months ago)
People up north knows that they spread salt on the roads to melt the ice. So what happens to the ice and snow when they spray it with salty sea water? We do know that the ice and snow at the poles is made of fresh water. Don't we?
Carma Burke (10 months ago)
(borrowing mums email) I'll be 22 when the polar ice caps are predicted to melt. I have no clue how long you have been studying global warming but, short story short I'm probably gonna have a TERRIBLE life because of this. I've been studying for well, I started when I was 5. I know 5 might be too young to understand to most people. I'm not most people. I'm unpredictable, I'm me. All my american friends out there, american just like me. If you study this deeply a lot of the U.S. will be destroyed! Everyone go out there and make your mark, make a difference.
kinfzac95 (10 months ago)
Well ill tell you they geo Engineering tf outta us if you could see the sky today where im at . .
Konstruktivist Neo (10 months ago)
The question is WHY? Since when is "global cooling" is so much better than "global warming"? ...Idiotic SJWs trying to CONTROL nature in line with their "world changing" fanatic ideology.
Arcade Alchemist (10 months ago)
If it existed in the first place tho.
Mike Lamb (10 months ago)
Damn corporate greed who's attitude is... the hell with the humans and other creatures on this planet
Joshua Davis (10 months ago)
The air is cold enough to freeze, yes, but it's the water temperature that melts the ice to begin with... bad idea, waste of money
Harpreet Parmar (10 months ago)
could they just make a giant freezer thing on the north pole that would freeze every icy place on earth
Abbas Ibrahim (10 months ago)
people are weird pay tens of trillions for war sake and kill thousands? of course we will pay 5 trillions to save the whole world? oh no that's too expensive
Wade F Wilson (10 months ago)
Humanity is on the verge of extinction. The good news is we’ve figured out a way to save us and the planet... However there’s only one problem... It’s gonna cost too much money, sooo sorry y’all, we can’t do it.” Money could really be humanity’s doom. With the way the US came together to produce in the face of danger in WW2, there’s NO REASON we shouldn’t be able to make the pumps as far as man power. The 50 trillion... who cares! Our future is at stake. Why 50 trillion is even a talking point is beyond me. I mean I get it, but geez... somethings just shouldn’t come with a price tag.
Mariam J (10 months ago)
Or you know, we could just stop producing so much methane and co2... but nahhhhhhhhh
JJSine (10 months ago)
We humans think that we're smart but Earth knows how to heal it'self. We just need to give it the opportunity.
Dr. Zoidberg (10 months ago)
Solar power is already on a strong trajectory to completely dominate global energy generation within the next 12-17 years, and electric self-driving cars are on a trajectory to start replacing gas powered cars on a similar timeframe -- so we can expect to stop producing large amounts of CO2 and CFCs within a decade or 2. We might as well dedicate resources to developing scalable technology which can scrub the atmosphere of greenhouse gasses. At that point, global climate change would become a non-issue, because we would be able to balance our planet's climate in whichever way we see fit.
Vegeta The Prince (10 months ago)
Go for ir i don’t care
Lovbeinamom (10 months ago)
How costly would it be to manufacture enough auto reflective covering made out of material that reflects the sun to cover let's say 40 to 50% of the artic? Even if you had to have every old lady in the orient sewing day in day out it is a better solution than to use freaking contaminates that will kill more humans and wild life than save! You cannot tell me that NASA does not have some kind of material that will reflect the sun? Forget the steel, forget the aerosol, pull out the covers!
Arun Kumar Singh (10 months ago)
Dear USA, stop acting God and fucking with the planet. Haven't you caused enough damage already?
osearth esp (10 months ago)
2:00 geo-engineering confirmed
Silas Mayes (10 months ago)
We could use air to pump the water. People do it in aquarium filters and it know to be more effective with higher pipe
Scott Mana (10 months ago)
When "science" spouts this much garbage, it deserves to be ignored. These morons have no idea how the atmosphere works. The arctic was never in jeopardy. It has already returned to very high levels without any human intervention and is set to grow more by leaps and bounds in the coming 2 decades. With La Ninia and the current cooling trend, the entire "effect" of warming in the last 120 years of human caused warming has already been erased from the instrumentation. Land weather stations and satellite raw data is not being communicated at all to the public. This is dishonest in the extreme. All while scaring people into insane political and financial obligations.
XxMatthewxX The Diss GOD (10 months ago)
Maybe they could just buy ice from 7/11
Danie Bello (10 months ago)
I’ve seen scientists lay white sheets on ice and the ice quickly grew over the area where the white sheets were laid.
gd515051 (10 months ago)
Lemmings believing cherry picked data collected by lemmings and citing consensus as scientific proof. It’s so far from science it’s a laughable.
Peter Mogensen (10 months ago)
no no no no... the polar ice caps will not be gone by 2030. That's just nonsense. It takes much much longer to melt the East-antarctic ice sheet... though it will happen and will cause 60 meter sea level rise... it won't be by 2030.
moath sabrie (10 months ago)
why don't we just use wood chips, that would make ice harder to melt. Boom problem solved :')
Imagine that humanity is all one nation
James Webb (10 months ago)
can we do some of one of those things and then some of another, would adding more salt in the water or on the ice have any effect?
Hari Acharya (10 months ago)
God is real they said Climate change is a myth they said
Scott Bros (10 months ago)
CO2 is not a pollutant and greens the planet, especially the wastelands and deserts bloom with better levels of CO2. CO2 https://youtu.be/57pU2F-bIQs H2O https://youtu.be/MOQksEvvGPg Climate Models https://youtu.be/0gDErDwXqhc Earth Greening https://youtu.be/w8S_-ufAl7A . Giving the Man-Made CO2 Global Meltdown crowd more tax-payer debt driven money will only make the environmental problems worse than they have already achieved.
IntarwebUser (10 months ago)
Spraying the ice with saltwater will lower the melting point of the ice, making it more susceptible to melting in the future. Unless you plan to desalinate the water before spraying it onto the ice, that plan is, in the long term, counterproductive.
jin ju (10 months ago)
why is there a question of ideas being expensive.. oviously this is a serious issue and ever country should be holding hands for a solution.. forget about the money if theres no land how will u rule goddamn .-_-
Niko Te Rangiita (10 months ago)
Lets do it
Crona (10 months ago)
Atleast there is hope
Elder 987419 (10 months ago)
Build a super badass electromagnet, why do you think the ice caps are at the north and south pole

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