PP sheets to blanket Earth from global warming

25-Aug-08
An eccentric team of glaciologists headed by Dr. Jason Box (Ohio State University) have put forward a new solution to fight global warming by literally blanketing the Earth using polypropylene blankets on the rapidly melting Arctic ice shelf in Greenland. These blankets will cover a total surface area of 10,000 square meters, and are designed to reflect sunlight and block out Greenland's immense winds. The bulk of their cargo is 31 giant rolls of uniquely designed white polypropylene blankets which are treated with UV stabilizers. The team will blanket over glacial well that carries meltwater from the surface to the base of the ice and try conserving ice up to 2 m deep. The team will be head to a remote glacier, 90 km east of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and the major part of their cargo comprise of 31 giant rolls of uniquely designed white polypropylene blankets. Showing immense strength, PP blankets which weighs 340 gms/sq.m. will stretch to more than 55% of their original length prior to failing. Apart from being tear resistant, the PP blankets fail at a force of 3,800N (equivalent to placing a 380-kg weight), according to one puncture test carried.
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