Bright Idea on Global Warming
A global climate computer simulation was used to assess the potential for planting crops with high reflectivity.
The study found that a 20 per cent increase in crop albedo could provide Europe with an average summertime cooling of more than 1 per cent.
This was a fifth of the change needed to offset a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in the next century.
Under a more moderate global warming scenario, the method could offset up to half of the predicted summer warming over Europe.
Call me a simple old son of the soil but I thought we wanted less reflectivity in our crops so they absorbed more of that lovely sunlight and turned that nasty CO2 into yummy food and fuel...