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Bill Gates Plans to Spray The Atmosphere with Chalk to Combat Climate Change

A “super balloon” like this one NASA is testing could bring the chalk payload to the stratosphere for Bill Gates’ climate changing experiments. Image: NASA

In a never-before-tested plan to alter the Earth’s atmosphere and global temperatures, one of the world’s wealthiest people, Bill Gates, is planning to spend millions with other private donors, to spray the stratosphere with chalk to combat climate change. The chalk would be calcium carbonate,  the same material that is the primary component of egg shells, snail shells, seashells, and pearls.  Gates and other project backers hope this plan will deflect some of the sun’s

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Argonne National Laboratory Computer Models Help PG&E Plan for Climate Change Impacts, Including Wildfires

LEMONT, Ill. & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Our climate is changing, and those changes impact critical infrastructure in the U.S. Patterns of floods, fires, heatwaves, and hurricanes are shifting, and forward-thinking companies are taking steps to analyze current and future climate-related risks so they can improve the resiliency of their infrastructure and keep critical services up and running.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) provides service to approximately 16 million people in California. To protect the safety of its customers and to support the reliability of its electric grid, PG&E is looking for additional tools to forecast and mitigate wildfire

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XPrize details Elon Musk’s $100M prize to fight climate change


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Last month, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO and richest person in the world Elon Musk announced he’d put a small percentage of his billions toward “a prize for best carbon capture technology.”  On Monday, XPrize announced the broad outline of the competition.

The nonprofit will run the contest, which it says will be the largest incentive prize in history. Teams from anywhere in the world are invited “to create and demonstrate a solution that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans and lock it away permanently in an environmentally benign way,” according to

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