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Should we try to fix global warming with fake volcanic eruptions? TBD.

There could be unintended consequences.
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The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 sent planet-cooling aerosols into the atmosphere.

With heat-trapping carbon emissions on the rise again, researchers are looking for ways to turn down the thermostat while humanity gets itself under control. One potential solution? Try to copy volcanic eruptions. But in addition to adjusting the temperature, such practices could change the frequency of hurricanes, or the location of droughts.

When explosive volcanic eruptions occur—like the one at Mount Pinatubo in 1991—they send small particles of ash and gas high into the atmosphere. These so-called aerosols block and reflect sunlight, providing a temporary cold compress

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