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Prof. Jost Heintzenberg, Leibniz Institute Leipzig, is warning other scientists they don’t know enough to begin tinkering with Earth’s atomsphere with geoengineering experiments to influence climate change.  If they do, the results could be disastrous for every living thing.  Heintzenberg is a scientist at the prestigious Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research which belongs to the Leibniz Association (WGL) in Germany, and which is named after Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 – 1716), philosopher and universal scholar. 

Prof. Jost Heintzenberg

Credit: Leibniz Institute Leipzig

Carbon dioxide is not the only problem we must address if we are to understand and solve the problem of climate change. According to research published this month in the International Journal of Global Warming, we as yet do not understand adequately the role played by aerosols, clouds and their interaction and must take related processes into account before considering any large-scale geo-engineering.

There are 10 to the power of 40 molecules of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Those carbon dioxide molecules absorb and emit radiation mainly in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum and their presence is what helps keep our planet at the relatively balmy temperatures we enjoy today.

Too few absorbing molecules and the greenhouse effect wanes and we would experience the kind of global cooling that would convert the whole planet into a lifeless, ice-encrusted rock floating in its orbit. Conversely, however, rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide lead to a rise in temperature. It is this issue that has given rise to the problem of anthropogenic climate change. Humanity has burned increasing amounts of fossil fuels since the dawn of the industrial revolution, releasing the locked in carbon stores from those ancient into the atmosphere boosting the number of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere.


Credit: Wikipedia

However, these rising carbon dioxide levels do not complete the picture of climate change, scientists must also take into account tiny particles in the atmosphere, aerosols, made up of condensing vapours, soot, and dust. There is certainly no doubt that these species affect how much solar energy is reflected from the earth’s surface and how much is trapped. According to Jost Heintzenberg of the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research, in Leipzig, Germany, the number of aerosol particles is a mere 10 to the 26. Of course, the weight we lend to a single carbon dioxide molecule compared to an aerosol particle, which might contain many more than a single molecule is a moot point.

A conceptualized image of an unmanned, wind-powered, remotely controlled ship that could be used to implement cloud brightening.

Credit: University of Washington/  John McNeill 

Nevertheless, Heintzenberg sees a conundrum in how to understand atmospheric aerosols and how they affect cloud formation and ultimately influence climate. There are multiple feedback loops to consider as well as the effect of climate forcing due to rising carbon dioxide levels on these species and vice versa. “The key role of aerosols and clouds in anthropogenic climate change make the high uncertainties related to them even more painful,” says Heintzenberg. It is crucial that we understand their effects. 

Geo-engineers are considering projects on an enormous scale that might one day be used to manipulate levels of atmospheric aerosols and influence cloud formation in order to cool our planet. Such efforts while seeming fanciful today might eventually allow us to influence, if not take control of, the climate to some extent. If the models fail us in terms of aerosols and clouds then such manipulations might cause more problems than they fix.

“Before considering such remedies the aerosol-cloud-climate conundrum needs to be reduced to a level of uncertainty that is comparable to those related to anthropogenic greenhouse gases,” explains Heintzenberg. “Considering the complexity of the aerosol-cloud system the challenge will be to identify the necessary essential knowledge and differentiate that from marginal details and focus research efforts on these essentials in order to simplify the complex aerosol-cloud system without losing indispensable features,” he says.

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Full bibliographic information”The aerosol-cloud-climate conundrum” in Int. J. Global Warming, 2012, 4, 219-241

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    • Usefuleater

      This article states, “Before considering such remedies the aerosol-cloud-climate conundrum needs to be reduced to a level of uncertainty that is comparable to those related to anthropogenic greenhouse gases,” explains Heintzenberg.

      Since we are still at the point of considering the issue then what have they been spraying over the past 10 years and for what reason?? I see chemtrails almost everyday. We all know this has been ongoing. Why pretend it is still being debated? The decision to do this globally was made without the voice of the people. It is some nebulous (pardon the pun) group of individuals playing god. Someone authorized it, is funding it, and is forcing it upon us. It is sickening the world along with GMO’s, and tainted seafood. To say it isn’t happening is already is laughable. It is Aluminum, Barium and Strontium nano-particles mixed with some other toxins.

      • Anonymous

        They aren’t chemtrails. It’s water vapor from airplanes. And no, there’s no such thing as geoengineering the sky. It’s all nonsense.

        • Freewilloffering

          Hey Sheeple-there is no longer any deny this:

          Plus the governments had a treaty about it years ago.
          It’s a reality..

        • anonymoustache

          Those are contrails-
          they’re totally different.

          Normal jets don’t fly grids-
          their flight altitudes are staggered to avoid collision.

          The grid chemtrails are clearly against FAA Regs&standard procedures.

          The chemicals have been analyzed and are toxic,
          incluuding barium&aluminum.

          They are NOT water and jet fuel exhaust by-products.

        • One Who Knows

          Correct it is all nonsense- the earth will continue its eternal cycles as usual without man’s help but Aluminum, Barium and Strontium nano-particles will greatly decrease the earth’s population on all levels.

        • Sticky


    • Louis

      During the approaching “holy age,” the Earth’s climate will (by Divine action) become temperate, all extant pollution will be eradicated, the oceans will teem with fish, and there will be twelve harvests per year. All this and much more is foretold in great detail by Scriptural prophecy.

      If God intends these things to happen, they will. Puny science has no other choice except to sit back and watch as God’s plan unfolds.

    • Anonymous

      It’s the huge amounts of methane venting from our “safe and clean” landfills that I believe are warming the planet. Methane is 40 times more powerful than co2 as a greenhouse gas, livestock, landfills and melting permafrost are releasing massive amounts of this stuff into the atmosphere.


      Hello my fellow earthlings. I have noticed on many storys Mr Anonymous comments on everything i wounder on what great information you have on all these subjects? I suspect your part of the disinformation crowd since you present yourself as knowing more then anybody else…just wondering thats all….

      • anonymoustache

        Are you kidding?

        He’s always cotradicting himself
        and then constantly arguing with himself,too!

    • Pix

      “Carbon dioxide is not the only problem we must address ”

      CO2 is no problem at all seeing as it’s plant food, the more there is, the faster and better our food grows. It’s already been proven using the most alarmist Warming models that even if we increased CO2 production 1000 times, it would not make any difference to the climate as far as warming is concerned.

      I agree we are in more danger from creating an ice age than run away global warming, both artificially and naturally seeing as the peak of the current interglacial took place c6’000 years ago. Check out the long term climate plots.

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