Engineering the world: Preventing Hurricanes

Another Look at an Unorthodox Hurricane-Prevention Idea

Using tires to prevent hurricanes? Bill Gates thinks it's a good idea. I'm intrigued.

All of the focus right now is on trying to limit the impact of mankind on the environment. Why not go the other way? Why not take charge of the environment and engineer it for our needs? Yes, Hollywood tells you the world will come to an end either slowly (using up all the resources) or quickly (The Day After Tomorrow).

But really, we could do it. And why not? We eliminated smallpox and polio, we are working on eliminating malaria. Why not hurricanes? Or global warming? These are problems with engineering solutions and we should embrace those solutions instead of be scared of them.

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