Researchers Are Designing Artificial Clouds to Protect the Great Barrier Reef, And They’re Already on Cloud 9!

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Buckle up everyone, because the future is here and it’s AWESOME! After the Great Barrier Reef shrunk by almost two-thirds in the year 2016, researchers at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science have figured out an environmentally friendly way to temporarily protect it. By spraying small salt particles into the air, these scientific vigilantes will induce the formation of more clouds over the reef, causing sunlight to be reflected away and the reef to stay safe for the time being. And what’s more? They have already made eight of these magic clouds, and now, they are on cloud 9!

If there’s an award for Coolest Institute of Marine Science of the Year, then we have our winner!

Through incredible strokes of genius, the Institute, in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Ocean Technology Group, has turned the natural process of oceans spraying their natural salt into the atmosphere into a new technology, where clouds can be created in larger numbers and sunlight can be deflected for longer periods of time. And boy are they making quick progress! With eight clouds already protecting the Great Barrier Reef, cloud 9 is in the works, and you’d better know these scientists are ON IT!

Coral reefs are disappearing fast, with 19% of the world’s reefs already gone and predictions for extinction in the next few decades without action. While clouds may not be the answer, they are a great solution to help them last a little longer. Coral reefs protect land from flooding, waves, and storms, meaning less money spent on home repairs and more money spent on compostable napkins!

When asked if they felt inferior to natural clouds because they were created through artificial science, the eight clouds reported that they were “a bit salty.”

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