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I'm afraid I lack the knowledge to comment here, but writing this diary is a good prospect.

I believe that if you can't stop one of the causes of global warming, you can indeed try to stop the other.

Stupid question: does mankind have the kiloton capacity and engineering skills to shift the Earth's orbit by a tad bit, to cool it off? (without sending us all to hell prematurely). Wait, I know the answer to that one: we fail to land most probes on Mars, why on Earth would we think we're capable of pulling off a stunt like that?

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Oct 13th, 2006 at 06:29:44 AM EST
The human race is very far from being able to move the Earth significantly. Nudging an asteroid to prevent it from striking Earth is quite feasible, but this only requires moving it a few thousand kilometers in the course of many months, and a typical threatening asteroid would have a mass less than one trillionth that of Earth.

(This reminds me of where the phrase "astronomically large" originated.)

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by technopolitical on Fri Oct 13th, 2006 at 04:04:43 PM EST
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