2 gonzo ideas for slowing down a hurricane that might actually work

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Scientists are looking into ways to weaken hurricanes early on.

Hurricane Michael is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Florida’s Gulf Coast.

As heavy winds from Hurricane Michael begin to lash Florida’s Gulf Coast, forecasters are urging residents of the panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast to prepare for life-threatening storm surge and flooding.

With so much potential devastation, one may wonder whether anything can be done to stop Michael in its tracks.

It’s quite a daunting challenge, given that the average hurricane’s wind energy equals about half of the world’s electricity production in a year. The energy it releases as it forms clouds is 200 times the world’s annual electricity use.

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Color of the Ocean Could Have a Drastic Effect on Hurricanes

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Ocean chlorophyll as seen by NASA’s SeaWiFS satellite.

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane formation decreases by 70 percent. That would be a big drop for a region that accounts for more than half the world’s reported hurricane-force winds.

 

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Amazing Satellite Images Of Earth’s Natural Wonders From Space

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A mosaic of Nasa satellite images gives the most detailed true-colour image of the Earth ever created

For decades, man has gazed up at the stars and marvelled at the wonders of the universe.  But, as this amazing selection of images shows, there are many mind-blowing sights to behold from the other direction.
 

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Bill Gates Has A Plan For Hurricane Calming Technology

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets of New Orleans Aug. 30, 2005.

Good news, folks. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has turned his attention to controlling the weather. Five U.S. Patent and Trade Office patent applications, made public on July 9, propose slowing hurricanes by pumping cold, deep-ocean water in their paths from barges. If issued, the patents offer 18 years of legal rights to the idea for Gates and co-inventors, including climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

 

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