Melting Ice Solution: Wrap Greenland in a Blanket

Melting Ice Solution: Wrap Greenland in a Blanket



Climate change has affected us all in some way or another. As time progresses we continue to learn the tough lesson that we only have one planet and that we need to take care of it. However, there is hope, because innovation and a global effort can save us. One such Idea is to wrap Greenland in a Blanket. 


Greenland is made up of 80% Ice. Ice has a unique property here on earth as it acts as a mirror reflecting the sun's rays into the atmosphere. This is also known as the Albedo effect: To put it simply it is an object's ability to reflect light. By reflecting light into the atmosphere, instead of absorbing it, the arctic can stay cold all year round. Now the carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere act like a reflected ray catcher and send the reflected rays back to earth. Making the planet warmer, thus melting the ice sheets. The more ice sheets melt, a lesser amount the sun's rays are reflected into the atmosphere the next time around. 


Why Greenland? It is because Greenland is a giant glacier island. What's scary is that if all of the ice on Greenland melted, it would result in a sea-level increase of 6 meters. That's guaranteed to cause havoc in some of the places people love to visit. In 2019 96% of Greenland underwent some melting compared to 64% from the 1980s. As many of you know, melting something is relatively easier than freezing something. The more ice that melts leads to a decent amount that mixes into the ocean and never freezes again.  So the time to act is now while we still have the opportunity to remedy our actions.


Now the idea is to cover Greenland in around 31 rows of white reflective blankets. This is enough to cover 10,000 square meters of ice. This would essentially act in place of the ice, reflecting the sun's rays. Thus, keeping the ice sheets from melting further and stabilizing the region. In terms of cost, it's going to be expensive no matter how you look at it. Considering the alternative is potentially making parts of the world uninhabitable the cost is worth it. Also when comparing it to the cost of re-engineering our coastlines, blankets are cheaper.  


There is also the need to consider wildlife and such. Maybe start this project on a smaller scale in the parts of Greenland that are melting the fastest. The same technology can be applied to the Arctic and Antarctica. It's funny how when we think of blankets we think of warmth, and now such a simple item can help save this planet by keeping it cool.  The technology is there for the taking all we have to do is to rally and implement it. For a fresher world (freshwater = ice).   


MAL


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