Scientists Suggest Dimming the Sun in South Africa to Avoid Running Out of Water

by Emily Morgan

If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, buckle up. To combat Africa’s drought problem, scientists are considering “permanently dimming the sun.”

Yes, you read that right and you aren’t reading a science fiction novel. Scientists theorize that pumping high amounts of gas into the atmosphere would combat the climate crisis and save water supplies.

Scientists Battle Against the Clock

Experts at the University of Cape Town were the first to suggest the idea. They say the scheme would dramatically decrease the chances of a water crisis in Cape Town.

Many climate scientists predict that a crisis over the resource will ensue when there’s no longer enough water for people. Something scientists call a “Day Zero Drought.”

The idea of a “Day Zero” drought may be new to some, but for South Africans, a water war concept is not new.

According to research, the chances of a disastrous dry spell in Cape Town will triple by 2100 unless a plan is implemented.

Realizing we’re in the fourth quarter of the climate crisis, scientists put their heads together to devise a plan. Last week, scientists published a study in the Journal of Environmental Research that outlined a resolution to avoid the disaster.

The study suggests injecting the gas of sulfur dioxide particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere above Cape Town. After injecting the gas, a huge cloud would form that would reflect sunlight and ultimately dim the city.

Researchers believe that this tactic could reduce the probability of a Day Zero drought hitting the city by 2100 by up to 90 percent.

The plan would intend to stop the city’s climate from getting worse as time progresses. Other climate experts have critiqued the theory arguing that injecting gas would be a “potentially dangerous interference with the climate system.”

In 2017, Cape Town got close to a Day Zero drought when a dry spell put the city’s dams below 13 percent.