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Scientist Patents New Method To Fight Global Warming

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the and-we-will-need-an-additional-10,000-coal-plants-to-power-this dept.

Earth 492

SUNSTOP writes to tell us that a relatively unknown Maryland scientist has proposed a public patent that he claims could combat global warming. The proposed plan would require massive amounts of water to be sprayed into the air in an effort to bolster the earth's existing air conditioning system. "First, the sprayed droplets would transform to water vapor, a change that absorbs thermal energy near ground level; then the rising vapor would condense into sunlight-reflecting clouds and cooling rain, releasing much of the stored energy into space in the form of infrared radiation. Kenneth Caldeira, a climate scientist for the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University whose computer simulation of Ace's invention suggests it would significantly cool the planet. The simulated evaporation of about one-half inch of additional water everywhere in the world produced immediate planetary cooling effects that were projected to reach nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit within 20 or 30 years, Caldeira said."

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A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Public (4, Funny)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177235)

A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Public

YES! We have a new winner for most descriptive Slashdot headline EVAR!

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (2, Insightful)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177275)

they can't even get the title right ffs.

and as for the idea itself, omfg what could go wrong? luckily such crack pot schemes don't get off the ground.

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (3, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177423)

I know, it's just as silly as dropping a big ice cube into the ocean. [wikipedia.org]

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

putch (469506) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177825)

"Just like daddy puts in his drink every morning. And then he gets mad." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqPjxsAuUxk [youtube.com]

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

vandon (233276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177871)

What about all the new tropical storms and hurricanes this will cause?

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

spud603 (832173) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177859)

...ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (3, Funny)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177473)

Right! We just rely on voluntary emissions reductions from the people of the world to counter global warming! Not an impractical crackpot scheme at all!

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (4, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177615)

Even more fun, wator vapor provides the vast majority of the greenhouse effect (95%?). CO2 is more like 2% of the greenhouse effect. Somehow, combatting CO2 emissions by adding water vapor emissions doesn't quite seem like the right answer.

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177551)

What like the plan to cover the ocean with little reflective particles that seems to be almost as popular as the giant space mirror?

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (0, Redundant)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177775)

luckily such crack [wikia.com] pot [wikia.com] schemes don't get off the ground.

There, added a couple of links.

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177811)

Here's the thing that kills me about his plan... What energy are we going to use to get all that water in the atmosphere? Solar? Didn't he say that the vapor would reflect sunlight?

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

calzones (890942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177835)

indeed.

where's the whatcouldpossiblygowrong tag?

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (4, Funny)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177863)

I think this gem earns a "whatcouldpossiblygoright".

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (4, Insightful)

Sefert (723060) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177289)

That really does take the cake for a poorly written title. Seriously - how long does it take to write a dozen thoughtful words, then check it??

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (5, Funny)

RealErmine (621439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177425)

The OP is a brilliant literary artist.

Kenneth Caldeira, a climate scientist for the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University whose computer simulation of Ace's invention suggests it would significantly cool the planet.

I kept waiting for the second half of that sentence, but then *BAM* period. End of sentence. I was all like, "WOAH! This guy's messing with my brain by defying the convention of the written word!"

If you don't understand the OP, then you don't appreciate avant-garde literature.

..ACCIDENTLY THE WHOLE THING (5, Funny)

jpedlow (1154099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177577)

"A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Public" .....And then he ACCIDENTALLY THE WHOLE THING

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177579)

I made in public once.

Kenneth Caldeira. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177585)

Kenneth Caldeira, a climate scientist for the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University whose computer simulation of Ace's invention suggests it would significantly cool the planet.

What? Where is the verb and the rest of that sentence? The above reads as "Kenneth Caldeira."

We have another winner - the most descriptive Slashdot sentence EVAR!

Re:A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Publ (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177649)

Give them a break.. so they misspelled pubic. Does that really detract from the ambiguity of the headline?

ya right (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177245)

And then the hardon collider creates a black hole and sucks us all up.

Huh? (5, Insightful)

Shark (78448) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177257)

Isn't water vapor one of the biggest greenhouse gasses?

Re:Huh? (4, Informative)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177337)

Mod parent up! [wikipedia.org]

Re:Huh? (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177369)

Isn't water vapor one of the biggest greenhouse gasses?

A hitherto unknown scientist offers an easy solution to greenhouse gases that's actually going to wipe out humanity?

Where's the Doctor???

Re:Huh? (4, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177743)

Please state the nature of the medical emergency.

Re:Huh? (1)

Jogar the Barbarian (5830) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177769)

Who?

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177385)

no, carbon dioxide and methane are the most common greenhouse gasses. this is not a solution to global warming, only a temporary delay.

Re:Huh? (1)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177787)

Wrong. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Huh? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177419)

Yup and a LOT of studies suggest his plan is backwards. When 9/11 happened, they measured a cooling effect of the lack of JEt vapor trails.

There are a lot of other studies that also talk about it differently. we need a lot more info about his "plan" before any judgement but at first glance it seems to be more Evil than Good.

Change Earths albedo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177549)

Have huge sheets on rollers that show a white side during the day and are rolled over to show the black side at night. Cover large areas of deserts with these. It would cool the desert and the air that blows over them.

Re:Change Earths albedo (0)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177659)

If you're going to put in the effort, it would make more sense to collect the light and turn it into clean energy instead of bouncing it off into space.

Re:Huh? (5, Insightful)

kpoole55 (1102793) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177469)

Yes, water vapor is the major green house gas only being augmented by carbon dioxide. This just points out that most of the people in the global warming camp know about as much real science as most kindergarten classes. A more sensible fellow was interviewed on TV recently who said that most of our climate change is driven by the Sun and that the best way for us to spend our capital in regards to climate change is to learn to adapt. The climate is composed of myriad systems that we still haven't enumerated, cannot properly inter-relate (since we don't know them all) and already contain enough energy that we couldn't drive them in a particular direction if we wanted. AND, if somehow we did manage to force a change, the system would likely react in a way we wouldn't be able to foresee. What was the line in that old Monty Python skit, about adapt and move on. That's our key to surviving, adapt to changing conditions and move on.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177749)

This just points out that most of the people in the global warming camp know about as much real science as most kindergarten classes.

You, sir, are a moron.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177891)

You sir, are and idiot. :(

Re:Huh? (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177487)

Isn't water vapor one of the biggest greenhouse gasses?

Exactly what I was thinking.

This invention would do one of three things:
1)Cause runaway greenhouse effects that make the earth unmanageably hot. 2)Cause little to no change at all at the cost of thousands of what will probably be taxpayer dollars. 3)Cause appropriate temperature correction.

The interesting part is that if number 3 is true, then the earth getting hotter would also cause more evaporation creating in essence the same effect. If whatever research findings he has are correct it would mean the earth is actually fairly self-regulating and the temperature would balance itself out anyways.

Re:Huh? (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177531)

It works both ways. Clouds can trap heat, but they also reflect it. As such, having more clouds in the atmosphere helps primarily if they're going to be over something that was darker to begin with, like Oceans or Forests, and not so much over deserts or the midwestern US.

Re:Huh? (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177611)

Which, if more heat is reflected before it hits ground, then the plant could enter a severe cooling cycle.

Re:Huh? (5, Funny)

jackspenn (682188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177553)

Isn't water vapor one of the biggest greenhouse gasses?

Yes it is, but what do you expect? This guy is not a rocket scientist, he is a little known scientist.

Re:Huh? (2, Funny)

DeusExMach (1319255) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177689)

Yeah, I know him. His name is Steve, and he's 4'8"...

Re:Huh? (3, Interesting)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177739)

It might not be the biggest, but it could definitely stand to lose a few pounds. Ba dum dum.

But seriously, the evaporative cooling effects and shielding of increased cloud cover would more than offset the greenhouse effects.. at least, according to their model. And unlike CO2, water tends to precipitate out of the atmosphere rather than hang around for decades.

Re:Huh? (1)

MacDork (560499) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177751)

And it sprays itself into the air without electric pumps too. Yeah, this will work just great...

Re:Huh? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177849)

Maybe we need more greenhouse gasses, to stave off the next ice age. Seem like I keep seeing more and more about global cooling... as recently as today for example [nwsource.com]

Was this written on a solar telegraph? (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177273)

" A Little Known Maryland Scientist Has Made Public-" SUNSTOP

or maybe it's supposed to mean that he made a new device called "Public."

I'm confused!

Let global warming do it (2, Interesting)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177291)

If it's getting warmer, wouldn't this happen all by itself?

Re:Let global warming do it (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177399)

Apparently, no. Warmer weather must no longer cause increased evaporation. Also, it's wonderful that this guy patented a way to suck up half an inch of water times the surface area of the Earth and shoot it into the sky without using any energy.

Re:Let global warming do it (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177561)

If it's getting warmer, wouldn't this happen all by itself?

Uh, no, evaporation beyond that resulting from existing environmental conditions would not happen all by itself, regardless of what the existing environmental conditions are. The evaporation that would happen by itself is the evaporation that happens without any special intervention, all by itself. See how that works?

Re:Let global warming do it (1)

Spazmania (174582) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177723)

Yes, to an extent. It's called a negative feedback loop. It maintains the environment near a particular balance despite our behavior.

There's also something called a "tipping point." Once we push the environment a certain distance away from the balance point, the feedback loop will become self-reinforcing and will proceed towards a new balance point. In fact, it will resist moving away from the new balance point even it we stop doing the things that pushed us away from the original balance point in the first place.

This is a bad thing. The current balance point treats mammals pretty well. The new balance point may be too cold or too hot for our food crops. Or the partial pressure of oxygen may be too low to breath. The natural, balanced state of the air itself could become poisonous.

Wherever the tipping point is, and no one is quite sure, we really really don't want to reach it.

energy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177295)

And where is all the energy for misting this water into the air coming from?

Re:energy (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177321)

Coal plants of course! Don't worry, it's green coal!

Re:energy (1, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177433)

Coal plants of course! Don't worry, it's green coal!

I thought coal was black.

Re:energy (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177603)

I thought coal was black.

Dirty coal is black.

Clean coal is green. (It's also mined magical pixies from mines located at the opposite ends of rainbows from those occupied by leprachauns and their pots of gold.)

Re:energy (1)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177671)

Clean coal is green. (It's also mined magical pixies from mines located at the opposite ends of rainbows from those occupied by leprachauns and their pots of gold.)

Oh...then I'm against it. Too many jobs are being outsourced to magical foreign lands. It's killing our economy.

Re:energy (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177597)

From high school calculus.

Re:energy (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177703)

Corn ethenol of course. You only end up using an additional 4 gallons of corn ethenol (for production) for each gallon you burn, so this should improve the greenhouse gasses problem really good now.

Next, they're going to start forest fires to combat air pollution. That's just like using thousands of those pine scented trees hanging from the mirror in your car? That should really fix things good.

Concerns: (5, Insightful)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177299)

1) Where does the energy come from to spray this water?

2) Clouds are fickle where temperature is concerned. Depending on the type of cloud, they can either raise or lower the temperature. (The article, I see, also notes this.) This is one of the trickiest points of climate modeling, if memory serves.

3) Water vapor is also a particularly powerful greenhouse gas. Pumping a lot more of it into the air could exacerbate the problem rather than fix it. (Also noted in the article, but not actually discussed.)

Re:Concerns: (1)

RadioheadKid (461411) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177667)

1) Where does the energy come from to spray this water?

Duh...coal!

Re:Concerns: (4, Interesting)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177875)

you forget 4)
all projects for cooling the earth by redirecting the sun radiation have the same fault: they are bad for the plants and the plants are best co2 utilisers.

Doing your part (5, Funny)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177303)

"No sir, I do not believe you are 'doing your part to prevent global warming.' Now please stop spitting. No, I don't believe the other patrons need to be cooled."

First post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177305)

And how would you spray the water? Where would the energy come from? And what about the resulting carbon emissions from the energy used to spray the water?

Re:First post? (1)

Joe U (443617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177555)

Hydrogen bombs.

Re:First post? (1)

CrazedWalrus (901897) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177853)

Nuke the Pacific! Sounds like a plan! We'll get right on that. We'll even use clean uranium.

Re:First post? (1)

Joe U (443617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177883)

Nuclear weapons. Is there anything they can't do?

So looks like he has a patent for.... (2, Funny)

devotedlhasa (1298843) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177317)

clouds

Less is more (4, Insightful)

plasmidmap (1435389) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177319)

Yes, let's fix the planet by changing the environment in more weird ways. That ought to work.

Re:Less is more (2, Insightful)

Burnhard (1031106) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177471)

Parent should be modded up. The warmists are in favour of the precautionary principle. All of these hair-brained (actually, idiotic) schemes like Carbon Capture are bound to fall foul of the law of unintended consequences. The fact is we don't know enough to come up with a scheme to stop "it", whatever "it" actually is (assuming "it" exists at all).

No wonder he was little known (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177323)

if he wasn't public till now...

In other news (5, Funny)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177331)

Obama has appointed him as Secretary of the Absurd.

Awesome! (1)

xpuppykickerx (1290760) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177339)

They are going to turn Earth into a giant mist tent! Goodbye summer heat and sorrows.

How does that work (1, Redundant)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177343)

Water vapour is generally considered to be a greenhouse gas, ie it makes the planet warmer than it would otherwise be.

It isn't as much of a problem as CO2 or methane only because it doesn't stay in the atmosphere for long.

Re:How does that work (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177639)

FTFA:

"It does seem like evaporating water outside the tropics would be more effective," Caldeira said. Some complications related to releasing huge amounts of water into the air are not well understood, however. Among the side-effects: It absorbs latent heat near the earth's surface and transports it to higher altitudes, for a cooling effect. When it condenses at higher altitudes, it releases the latent heat, which then can radiate into space, producing more cooling. It's a greenhouse gas, trapping heat and causing warming. It can form low clouds that reflect solar energy, a cooling effect. It can form more high clouds, which block some sunlight but mostly prevent the release of infrared radiation from below, another warming effect.

yup. It really isn't just that simple, even in this cursory analysis. So, it could backfire horribly, and isn't a terribly well conceived idea in the first place. Perhaps instead of harebrained schemes to combat this problem, we could just quit abusing the planet?

SNOW! (4, Funny)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177353)

As I dig out from several feet of snow, I'm not entirely sure I want the earth cooler.

Did the simulation include ... (3, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177377)

... the energy expenditure of putting the water into the air?

Unless he has a carbon-neutral method of doing that, too...

Hmmmmm.... (2, Insightful)

Valcrus (1242564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177421)

Ok but what about side effects. How will it effect rain fall if we are adding to the current evaporation. Also it seems like this would or could possibly change the ecosystem of the areas it is done in. And finally who would foot the bill and what would be an approx. cost on it. The story paints a nice pic but there isn't enough info to tell if this is even realistic other than the "practical, nontoxic, affordable, rapidly achievable" comment there isn't much info on what his comparisons are.

He could patent troll the Bellagio (2, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177443)

I was there a few weeks ago. When the waters are in operation, the air gets noticeably cooler. This only works because Vegas has very dry air. He would get pretty much zero evaporative cooling in Washington DC during the summer.

Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177445)

Now I can get rid of my humidor and let my cigars sit out!!!

Someone has to: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177459)

It's not the heat... it's the humidity!

And when it's disrupted by war or economics or ... (1)

chiangovitch (1371251) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177465)

The problem with mitigation techniques that rely upon some ongoing activity is that when it is disrupted for any reason, the accumulated upward pressure on temperature is still there which could have sudden, catastrophic effects. (Regardless of whether I'm conviced of the anthropogenic causes of climate change.)

Re:And when it's disrupted by war or economics or (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177693)

The "upward pressure" comes from the sun. If we reduce the energy from the sun, the upward pressure is also reduced.

This isn't like capping a geyser, it's like diverting the underground pressure that drives the geyser.

Re:And when it's disrupted by war or economics or (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177711)

I don't know why we worry about global warming, we should just go out to Haley's commet once a year, collect a bunch of ice, and drop it into the ocean. Of course, since the warming gets worse every year, the block of ice would also have to increase in size. Thus solving Earth's problems once and for all... 'but what if-' ONCE AND FOR ALL!

If you wanted to know where "too far" was... (5, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177493)

Someone has gone and done it. They have PATENTED vaporware! Now every company that promises to deliver software and never does will be sued by this clown!

Nice headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177495)

Before you go bashing the headline here, I just wanted to point out that it was probably submitted by the author of the story:
Scientist proposes 'colossal refrigeration system' to stave of global-warming

I think, that if you can't communicate, the least you could do is SHUT UP. //apologies to Tom Lehrer.

Oh how I miss the good old days (2, Insightful)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177519)

When a loner who suggests altering the weather in a massive unpredictable manner would be a mad scientist from a crappy b-flick.

Books by = none (1)

Rinisari (521266) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177525)

I couldn't find any books by either this Ron Ace (the inventor of this "idea") or Kenneth Caldeira. However I did find some books in which Caldeira is quoted [tinyurl.com] .

An interesting biblical connection (1)

DontLickJesus (1141027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177545)

Some biblical scholars believe that the Earth was once surrounded by a water canopy. This later came down during the great flood. One could think of this as basically a super-humid environment, with the majority lying on the outskirts of our atmosphere. That science would find returning the atmosphere to that state beneficial is no surprise.

Re:An interesting biblical connection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177793)

(Score:-1,Religion)

Bad Idea (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26177571)

I see a few problems with this:

1. where does the energy come from to spray gigatons of water in the air
2. any cooling from vaporization of water would be local since the heat absorbed through vaporization would be released as it condenses.
3. water vapor that does not condense immediately acts as a greenhouse gas
4. the increased relative humidity across the entire planet would likely cause more extreme weather

This kind of idea is why the sensationalism of global climate change is evil.

I wonder (5, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177575)

I wonder if this idea will ever

Re:I wonder (1)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177813)

I guess we'll find out in the next

This has been proposed before (1)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177635)

And we all know how that [wikipedia.org] worked out...

stop. think. act. (1)

blhack (921171) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177657)

Are we even sure that Global Climate Change is something that we need to stop? If this is all part of a cycle (all signs point to yes), then isn't f*king with it sortof the last thing that we should be doing?

The earth isn't a computer. We can't just reimage it and try again. There are no backups. If we fuck this up, we have to live with it. Seriously, all of these ideas like poisoning the ocean with C02 or spraying tons of extra water into the air seem to be completely and utterly retarded.

Are cars and mankind contributing to the change in climate? Yes.
Has the earth been going through a similar climate change every few thousand years for as long as we can tell? Also yes.

Re:stop. think. act. (1)

uarch (637449) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177705)

^ I think this guy should be awarded a patent the for "common sense"

Risk failure? (1)

Thadd.Isolas (936888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177669)

Failure would be awful. The earth naturally grew hotter and we made it more humid.

Little Known Maryland Scientist vs Mother Nature (1)

jackspenn (682188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177737)

I can see the lawyers chomping at the bit, hoping with a big court win, they could be entire to 30% of the planet (but no more as per Maryland law). I mean is he is trying to patent a naturally occurring process, cloud formation is clearly in the public domain.

One time effect (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177741)

That would only give a one time effect. What we really need to do is replant the thousands of square miles of forest that we've cut down. Trees are a big part of the lungs of the planet. They put a lot of moisture back in the air. They suck up CO2 and emit Oxygen as well.

This project is... (2, Funny)

Ummite (195748) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177767)

This project is simply another... Vaporware!

I have a mist-er already (1)

nategoose (1004564) | more than 5 years ago | (#26177841)

So this guy has patented mist-ers in quantity?

Besides, this only works either temporarily or in discrete locations. If the whole world gets misty it's going to be humid and feel hot and sticky. Also, since there's no way that the water vapor and clouds (back to mist again) would stay uniformly distributed, this will probably make for some very powerful storms.
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  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>