Climate scientist wants to turn entire Sahara desert into green farmland

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    "Eugenia Kalnay, a prominent atmospheric scientist at the University of Maryland, has been thinking about this idea for a decade. Kalnay is small in stature, soft-spoken. But she's made her name with big and bold ideas. And what could be bigger and bolder than reversing the course of the world's biggest desert?"

    "It is wonderful!" she says, and her eyes go wide with an infectious joy. "We were so happy because it seems like a major solution for some of the problems that we have."

    The super solar farm she imagines is huge, as big as the entire United States. And it would generate four times as much electricity as the entire planet consumes right now. Kalmay talks of novel high-capacity transmission lines delivering power to Europe and the rest of Africa.

    I told her that the whole scenario sounds like science fiction. Kalnay disagreed. "It would be science fiction if the technology was not available," she said."

    If the Sahara Desert were transformed into fertile farmland, it could solve the world's hunger problems.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...possible-dream

    Solar Farm Cost Per Acre ? InnovativeSolarFarms.com

    A good number for solar farm cost per acre is typically $500,000 here in the U.S.

    US = 2,429,914,880 acres

    This equals approximately 1.2 quadrillion dollars. I know that sounds like a lot, except if we simply taxed the one percenters a bit more and made them pay their fair share.
     
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    It is certainly an interesting idea
     
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    They just better be careful with what they think will be an easy fix. The earth and all it's parts are a delicate balance and when you start messing with it, you open a pandora's box


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    1.2 quadrillion dollars?

    Sure, nothing to it. Just tax the 1% a wee bit more and you should have that money in no time.

    Then again, if you took all the money of the richest people in the world, it would come nowhere close to that amount, but who cares. It makes for a good story on why we need to raise taxes.

    Carry on.
     
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    Things like that always have unintended consequences. It's not good to mess with nature too much.
     
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    She thinks small, turn the moon into one big solar panel and hook up an extension cord to it.
     
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    Hell, why not turn the moon into a garden.

    Probably would be cheaper.

    Plus it would be more cheery to look at.
     
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    I am still hoping for that comet made of alcohol to land here
     
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    Dims will probably name it the Kavanaugh comet.
     
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    Is this a joke? Only 1.2 quadrillion? All of the worlds wealth in history doesnt equal that.
     
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