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hidden-spyder 3 months ago | hide | past | favorite

Has there been any prior art on the following idea? Construct floatable micro-structures that are long-lasting but biodegradeable and coat as much of the world’s oceans as possible. They are roving blankets and their only purpose is non-invasive reflection. The idea is to provide a lever for the ocean’s albedo similar to that currently provided by sea ice. They could be constructed in such a manner that ships can safely navigate and ignore them as they will “push” them out of the way. They could further be accompanied by a financing model similar to carbon offsetting programs for corporations.

I don’t understand why this is here?

I was confused as well — then I realized: wow, we all know this is a big problem, but I’ve never sat down to actually read a full wiki article about it. Prior to clicking, I wondered what I’ll learn and what hacker solutions I will entertain?

That’s a great perspective to have.

It reminds me of the student who designed a cleaning machine that filters plastic out of the ocean. https://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cle...

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