Mirrors to reflect global warming

LAST UPDATED: 5 Apr, 2009 @ 18:10
Mirrors to reflect global warming

A TEAM of scientists have claimed they can stop global warming by blasting trillions of giant mirrors into space.

The ingenious plan would see a 100,000-square-mile shield deflect the sun’s rays.

According to astronomer Dr Roger Angel (pictured right), they would be fired one million miles above the earth using a huge cannon with a barrel of 0.6 miles across.

Costing around 300 trillion euros, the scheme will be ready in 20 to 30 years.

And Dr Angel is confident of getting the project off the ground. He said: “What we have developed is guaranteed to work. Tests are ongoing.”

Dr Angel has already secured NASA funding for a pilot project and British inventor Tod Todeschini, 38, was commissioned to build a scaled-down version of the gun.

He constructed the four-metre long cannon for a documentary on the Discovery Channel.

He said: “The gun was horrendously dangerous. This was the first gun I’d ever built. The main danger was electrocution because it used enough power to boil 44,000 kettles.”

If Dr Angel’s sun shield is successful he says the mirrors will last 50 years before needing to be replaced.

“What you are talking about is a project which will stop global warming for centuries to come,” he said.

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