Can we stop a hurricane?

They cause devastating damage all over the world, but what ideas have we had to stop tropical storms in their tracks?

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Can we stop a hurricane?

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (pictured) was arguably the worst natural disaster in American history, and many scientists believe hurricanes will only worsen with climate change.
So there’s no shortage of ideas for stopping these devastating storms. In 2009, Bill Gates backed a proposal to halt hurricanes by towing tub-like barges into their path. These would cool the warm ocean waters fuelling the storm.
Most plans underestimate a hurricane’s power though; according to the NOAA Hurricane Research Division, one storm can release the energy of 10,000 nuclear bombs. For example, to fight a hurricane with water-absorbent powder you’d need hundreds of planes to make sorties every one and a half hours.
Some therefore argue that it’s cheaper and more practical to adapt to hurricanes by, for instance, building stronger houses.

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  • Dennis Yang

    Hmm… I wonder why the picture shows a NEC phone.
    This takes me back. Thanks!
    My uncle had one such “brick” phone circa 1980. Much larger than the one pictured here for the battery. It was noisy and cost a few US dollars a minute. I totally felt like G.I. Joe using that monster, and enjoyed my full minute on it.

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