Mitigating Climate Change with Reflective Sand?

Recording: Mitigating Climate Change with Reflective Sand?, Mar 9, 2019

Speakers

Introducing Ice911, an organization of dedicated engineers with a viable, scalable solution to restore ice in the Arctic, which has lost 80% of its volume since 1979. Founded by MIT & Berkeley alum and inventor with 54 patents, Dr. Leslie Field, we are currently conducting research in the Arctic, using a reflective silica sand spread on top of ice to increase its reflectivity. Reflective ice absorbs less heat and can survive the Arctic summer to become multi-year ice. The base material—silica—was chosen to be as harmless and ubiquitous as possible, and is the main constituent of 95% of rocks on Earth. Climate modeling shows that, by applying the sand in a strategic location of the Arctic, Ice911 can rebuild ice volume, decrease extreme weather, and reduce Arctic and global temperatures.



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Format: Focus15
Event Type: Session
Level: Advanced