While the Arctic is supposed to be a climate-regulating system, several scientific analysis warns us that over the last 30 years it has warmed three times faster, at a rate of 0.81ºC per decade, significantly superior to the global average of 0.23ºC. Now, a team of graduates and undergraduate students from the University of Bangor in Wales have unveiled a radical plan to fight the temperature rise: refreezing the North Pole.
How? By harnessing the power of the wind.
A wind-powered device that will work by drilling into an ice cap and pulling water up to the surface. The water will then quickly solidify in chilling temperatures that reach as low as -50ºC, creating a brand-new layer of ice.
Although the prototype is a scaled-down version, the final product will measure 16ft tall with a 32ft-wide turbine and central drill.
The good news is that the “Real Ice Re-Icing Machine”, as the team called it, works and may offer a mean to preserve and protect at least some parts of the far north and help the Inuit people who depend on the ice for living.
Yet, the question remains: can a re-icing machine make a genuine difference in the face of overwhelmingly powerful climate trends?