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Professor Penner speaks with Science about global warming

Posted: April 20, 2016

Professor Penner speaks with Science about global warming Professor Joyce Penner

Professor Joyce Penner recently spoke with Science for an article titled, “To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light.”

“Budget makers in the U.S. Senate want the Department of Energy to study the possibility of making Earth reflect more sunlight into space to fight global warming,” the article states. “Earth's reflectivity is known as its albedo, and the request to study ‘albedo modification’ comes in the details of a proposed spending bill passed by the Senate appropriations committee.”

"The recommendation is great," Penner told Science. Even if albedo modification won't work, the research would pay big dividends, Penner predicts.

To read the article, please visit sciencemag.org.

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