The Arctic Ice Cap is melting!
And with it goes our future and that of our children. Marine Cloud Brightening (MCB) might slow or even reverse this process. We are the Refreeze the Arctic Foundation. We are fast tracking funding into MCB research.
Why is preserving
the Arctic ice cap important?
Our planet is heating up fast. This rapid global warming is causing climate change. The damage of climate change is evident in the multitude of extreme weather events we are experiencing.
The bright, white arctic ice cap on the other hand provides cooling and mirrors sunlight back into space. As the Arctic ice cap melts because of global warming, it exposes the dark ocean on which it floats, which absorbs heat instead and is a poor mirror. This is a powerful feedback loop where more melting exposes more ocean which causes more melting… until all the ice is gone! And without Arctic ice cap, our planet will heat up even faster. The Arctic ice cap is vital to keep our planet cool.
Why do we need a cool planet?
We need the “3Rs”
Burning fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases (GHGs). GHGs trap incoming solar radiation. That radiation can no longer reflect back into space. It is stored in the form of heat in our oceans and atmosphere. Currently, we produce 45 Gigatonnes of GHGs per year, whereas 200 years ago, it was next to none (!). Man-made GHG-emissions are the root-cause of global warming, which causes climate change. The best way to combat global warming is by reducing GHGs emissions and removing GHGs from the atmosphere. But this will take time. And we are running out of time because global warming is accelerating. Refreezing the Arctic could buy us precious time by cooling our planet and slowing down global warming. Marine Cloud Brightening (MCB) is probably the most effective way to refreeze the Arctic. We need the “3Rs”: Reduce, Remove, Refreeze.
“Refreezing the Arctic, were it possible, would be a huge defence against the global catastrophes currently threatened by continued global warming”Sir David Attenborough
“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”Barack Obama, Former US President