Bill Gates Sun Blocking Experiment Blocked

( By now, you’ve probably read the reports about the experiment supported by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to block out the sun using small particles released into the air. It’s a shocking and controversial plan to see whether mankind can artificially reverse the effect of global warming, but this week it was announced that the plan has been postponed over ethical questions.

The Solar Geoengineering Research Program by Harvard University was planning to release small particles of chalk into the air in Sweden this June, in a project known as the “Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment.”

Harvard revealed that the study won’t take place this year after all, while scientists go about examining the impact that the experiment may have on Sweden, as well as the indigenous Sami people who live in the region where it was expected to take place.

The program is described as a “scientific experiment to advance understanding of stratospheric aerosols that could be relevant to solar engineering.”

“It aims to improve the fidelity of simulations (computer models) of solar geoengineering by providing modelers with experimental results vital to addressing specific science questions. Such simulations are the primary tool for estimating the risks and benefits of solar geoengineering, but current limitations may make the simulations look too good,” the Keutsch Group at Harvard reveals.

A high-altitude balloon was expected to be launched from the Estrange Space Station located in Kiruna, Sweden, but an advisory committee set up at Harvard last month said that there were ethical implications the needed to be resolved. The committee recommended that the test be delayed “until a more thorough societal engagement process can be conducted to address issues related to solar geoengineering in Sweden.”

The delay is expected to last one year, with the launch now planned for summer 2022.

The goal of the experiment was always to see whether releasing small particles in the air could allow mankind to deploy the technology in the future if it became absolutely necessary, but the plan has faced a backlash globally from citizens concerned about releasing material into the air. It was also plagued with the problem of a small scale experiment not being able to effectively determine whether the effect could be replicated on a larger scale.

We may know by summer next year whether the plan is feasible…and whether it works.