We all know that glaciers are melting due to global warming and if it doesn’t stop, we will have serious consequences to face. Although the whole world is facing the problem and ice is melting everywhere, the Arctic is in its worst shape ever. Ice layers of Greenland is disappearing at a pace four times quicker than it was a couple of decades ago and lost more than 60 billion tons of ice in just five days, In August. We’ve already lost about 75 percent of whole arctic ice, over the last four decades, that rendered the volume the second-lowest since 1979.
The Arctic ice plays a key role in sustaining the environment as it reflects the sunlight back to space and it’s melting is a serious issue for which a lot of environmentalists are trying to come up with some effective solutions. An engineer, at a non-profit organization named Ice911, has come up with a solution that could solve this issue.
“We’re an awfully creative species, and we need to slow the climate-change clock”, Leslie Field, the founder of the organization, said to Business Insider in an interview.
Ice911’s plan suggests that covering the key regions of the Arctic in a layer of millions of hollow microsphere, made up of glass, can save the ice. The layer will reflect the sunlight preventing the ice to absorb the heat, so ice will stop melting.
The microspheres, that has developed by Ice911, are tiny silica beads that look like grains of sand. They are made up of silica, the compound that is abundant in nature. Moreover, the compound contributes no harm to life on the planets. The beads stick over the surface of ice or water and they don’t attract any sort of oil pollutants.
Ice911 claims that with proper implantation, temperature could be lowered by 1.5 degrees, in most of the region of the Arctic. Field and her team spread the microspheres over a frozen lake in Alaska and the results were according to the expectations.
According to Field, it would take 3 years and 5 billion USD to spread the beads on key regions of Arctic and have proper results.
“When you look at that cost, it’s big”, she said. “But the cost of doing nothing is far greater”.
The organization is still working over it and still need to run some tests and get permissions from various authorities, before execution of the plan.