Bill Gates supports SCoPEx, a solar bioengineering project that has captured the attention not only of the public but also of the White House. The main purpose of the SCoPEx project is to modify solar radiation, the amount of energy from the sun that reaches the Earth, by reflecting a part of this energy away from our planet to cool it, thus mitigating the accumulated effects of emissions.
The project was born in 2012. A recent report from the Biden administration argues that such a change could significantly cool the planet in a few years, reversing many of the negative consequences of climate change. Among the various methods studied and proposed, there is the injection of aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight, the intensification of the reflectivity of clouds on the oceans and the decrease of cirrus clouds at high altitudes, trying to create artificial clouds.
These will block sunlight in the upper atmosphere, not allowing it to reach the Earth, and whose formation should, in theory, be favored by a mixture of water, gypsum and sulfur particles, sprayed into the atmosphere from an aerostatic balloon.
Some scientists said altering the chemical makeup of the atmosphere could have unknown side effects. Furthermore, many other critics of the project argue that bioengineering financed by billionaires reflects only their economic interests.
Gates, in the latests weeks, talked also about pandemic
On the New York Times he said: "After Covid, an even worse pandemic will come, but there is still time to avoid it.Imagine there is a small fire in your kitchen. The fire alarm goes off, warning all the neighbors of the danger.
Someone calls 911. Try to put out the fire yourself, perhaps with a fire extinguisher under the sink. If that doesn't work, you know how to evacuate the premises safely.When you get outside, a fire engine is already on its way.
Firefighters use the hose in front of your house to put out the flames before your neighbors' houses catch fire. We must prepare to fight epidemics just like we do with fires: if a fire is left to rage out of control, it poses a threat not only to a home, but for an entire community.The same goes for infectious diseases, but on a much larger scale.
As Covid teaches us, an epidemic in one city can quickly spread throughout an entire country and then throughout the world. But it is not too late to prevent history from repeating itself.We need a well-funded system that's ready to kick in as soon as danger emerges and that shouldn't depend on volunteers. We need a body of professionals in every country to control outbreaks wherever they occur."